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Barragan, Cairoli win wet Swedish GP

6 July 2008

Jonathan Barragan and Antonio Cairoli mastered slippery conditions at the Grand Prix of Sweden to emerge on top of their respective MX1 and MX2 classes.

Riding through constant drizzle, Barragan took the second grand prix victory of his career with 1-2 moto finishes, the Spaniard content to follow KTM rider Max Nagl home in moto two.

Second overall went to reigning world champion Steve Ramon, the Teka Suzuki rider closing to within 12 points of world championship leader David Philippaerts after the Monster Yamaha rider secured third overall.

Team-mate Josh Coppins, who came into the event just a handful of points behind the Italian, was the main loser on Sunday.

The New Zealander suffered two poor starts - compounded by early incidents - on his way to 13th and fifth. Coppins is now 16 points from the top.

In the MX2 class, things got heated between Cairoli and title rival Tommy Searle as the two collided in both races.

The first incident occurred when Cairoli dived inside the KTM rider, leaving Searle on the ground after he fought to hold the position. The Briton then raised the tension by clouting Cairoli's front wheel in race two.

"The second moto was a strange race," said Toni afterwards. "The four of us were close for the lead but then Tommy tried to take my front wheel and I was a bit surprised about what he tried to do. I like to race with him and he is a really good rider and I think he can be better about what he does sometimes. This championship is very hard and a big challenge but it will be more rewarding if I can win it. I have a great feeling on the bike and I want to fight with all the KTM guys. I do not want to make any more mistakes and my goal is now to put Tyla under pressure and catch him."

Cairoli had finished race one second behind Searle's team-mate and title leader Tyla Rattray, then won race two to take the overall. Rattray was third behind Sean Simpson in the second outing, while Searle was left with 6-4 finishes.

Rattray will start his home grand prix in South Africa in two weeks holding a 14 point lead over Cairoli, with Searle nine points further behind.


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