Italian ace Antonio Cairoli clinched the 500cc World Moto-X title for the ninth time in his career at last week- end’s Dutch Grand Prix in Assen.
Former 250cc champion Jeffrey Herlings will take second place, no matter what happens in the final round of the 19-part series at the French GP in Villars-Sous-Ecot, Montbeliard, near the Swiss border in eastern France today.
However, the minor placings are in doubt, involving Gautier Paulin (France), who has 571 points; Clement Desalle (Belgium) on 544; Tim Cajser (Slovenia), 485, and Romain Febvre (France) with 479.
Latvia’s Pauls Jonass goes into the two final races in the 250cc class with a 41-point advantage over Switzerland’s Jeremy Seewer. Denmark’s Thomas Kjer-Olsen is as- sured of third place but in his wake the next three – Benoit Paturel (France), Thomas Covington (USA) and Julien Leiber (Belgium) – are separated by just 29 points.
The next major fixture on the international scene is the Moto-X Des Nations International team event at Matterley Basin, near Winchester, over the September 30 and October 1 weekend.
However, the West Devon club are staging the veterans’ own version of the highly-acclaimed meeting at the Farleigh Castle circuit, near Trowbridge, today.
Among those competing are Mike Brown, Doug Henry and John Dowd (all from the USA), Alessandro Puzar (Italy), Brian Wheeler, Kurt Nicoll and Kristian Whatley (Eng- land) and Darryl King (New Zealand).
There are teams from 15 countries entered, and more than 600 classic bike and twin-shock riders are contesting numerous support races, some of which took place yesterday but the main events are scheduled for later today.