The last round of MXGP 2016, the eighteenth, took place in California, on the historic track of Glen Helen, famous for the long climbs and steep descend to deal with the throttle wide open.
Antonio Cairoli, just back from two weeks of bad flu, which caused him to under performance in the last race at Charlotte, arrived on the track determined to finish the FIM World Championship with an excellent result and to confirm the second place in the standings. After showing good speed during the qualifying sessions, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team (sponsored by Scorpion Bay) rider has had to deal with a bad crash, just few meters after the start, caused by a contact with an opponent, which forced him to restart dead last. With a good recovery, carried out with great determination, the Sicilian finished eleventh, securing a gate near the top ten for Sunday's race.
In Race 1 Tony made a good start, passing third at the first corner and grabbing the lead after five laps, keeping it until the eighth, when the speed of the Calfornian Tomac, has prevailed on the eight-time World Champion, who finished behind him. In race two, Cairoli went off the gate well again, taking the lead after two laps, until the ninth lap, when he had again to surrender to the american rider. With his KTM 450 SX-F Cairoli wins therefore the second step of the podium, the eighth of 2016, closing the Championship at the second place overall, at the end of a complicated season, conditioned by winter injury.
On the Husqvarna side, the second team sponsored by Scorpion Bay, Max Nagl has been the protagonist. The fourth place at Glen Helen let the German rider collect all the necessary points to get the third place in MXGP.
In MX2 Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) can finally officially celebrate his third FIM MX2 World Championship.