Going into the French GP, KTM rider Antonio Cairoli told the press he wasn’t completely satisfied with his bike. After changing some of the dirt bike parts, Cairoli silenced any doubt with a strong performance in the FIM Motocross MX1 class.
Cairoli won both motos during the weekend to extend his points lead over the rest of the field. Cairoli’s wins were never really in doubt, so much of the attention turned to the battle for second and third place. Christophe Pourcel and Gautier Paulin, both French riders for Kawasaki, went head to head for these two spots. In the end neither could gain an advantage on the other – Pourcel took second place in the first race and third in the second, while Paulin did the exact opposite. Pourcel is now in second place overall, but still approximately 40 points behind Cairoli.
Meanwhile, in the MX2 class, it was Jeffrey Herlings who came out on top to make it a KTM weekend in France. Herlings won the first moto, but could only manage a second-place finish against Tommy Searle in the second. Searle finished third in the first race, meaning he had to settle for second place for the weekend.