Yamaha Red Bull De Carli’s Antonio Cairoli has claimed his second win of the season and second double moto set of 2009 after an entertaining afternoon of racing at Agueda for the Grand Prix of Portugal and the fifth event from the calendar of fifteen races in the FIM MX1-GP World Championship. The Sicilian captured two chequered flags to win his fourth Portuguese GP in five years, his first in MX1-GP and with the YZ450F, and extend his immaculate record at Agueda to nine triumphs from ten motos.
Max Nagl of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team scored a 4-7 result in the two MX1 motos in Agueda Portugal on Sunday to be fifth overall despite a resurgence of his recent hand injury.
Nagl, who said after qualifying Saturday that he was after two top five results but was satisfied with his overall fifth place and in picking up 32 championship points.
Portuguese rider Rui Goncalves made his dream come true and those of his team and his many fans, on Sunday when he won his home MX2 GP at the Agueda circuit with a 2-1 result in the two motos, launched with two holeshots.
Just shy of his twenty fourth birthday, Rui now goes to the GP of Catalunya next weekend as the winner of the last two MX2 GPs after having vaulted into fourth place in the season's standings. "This is what I have been working for with so much passion. It's so great to be here on top of the box," he told reporters straight after the race.
After a superb start and the hole shot, Red Bull KTM's Steffi Laier's luck ran out in Portugal in the first of two motos of the women's world championship round two on Saturday.
"I had no problem with Livia passing me in the early stages because I just wanted to settle in behind her, pick out the lines, race my race and wait for my opportunity to re-take the lead," the talented young rider from Germany said after the race. "But I was riding tight on the inside and when I caught up to the back markers one of the slower riders braked in front of me and I couldn't avoid her."