Tony Cairoli’s world championship bid is looking very remote as he tried to ride yesterday but couldn’t get through the pain, so will miss the next two GPs which are both in Indonesia.
For the second Grand Prix in a row, the factory KTM team will have no MXGP riders as both Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings are unfit to travel east for the Grand Prix of Indonesia this weekend at Palembang and the Grand Prix of Asia next week at Semarang.
Cairoli tried some laps on his #222 machine yesterday (Tuesday) but the pain and discomfort in his right shoulder confirmed that the nine-times world champion is not yet in a condition to return to the MXGP gate. MXGP World #1 Herlings is recovering from surgery on his lower right leg and is still not in a position to start riding his KTM 450S X-F.
Red Bull KTM are flying to Asia this weekend with Jorge Prado unbeaten for GP wins in MX2 this year while rookie Tom Vialle has appeared on the podium three times with his works KTM 250 SX-F.
Robert Jonas, VP of Offroad: “This was not the update we wanted to make but sadly Tony has not recovered enough from his dislocated shoulder to race again in MXGP at the moment and we knew Jeffrey would be needing more time after his bad luck in Latvia. Obviously it is a difficult situation for us and we are constantly assessing the recoveries of Tony and Jeffrey. Thankfully we still have excellent riders in two busy rounds of MXGP in Indonesia and we hope they stay safe and continue to enjoy a successful MX2 season so far.”