FIM MX: 2010 USGP Glen Helen results

KTM sweeps while Americans Alessi, Osborne reach the podium

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 01, 2010
Antonio Cairoli and Mike Alessi finished one-two overall for KTM in the FIM MX1 class at the U.S. Grand Prix at Glen Helen Raceway.

Riding the new KTM 350SX-F, Cairoli finished first in the first moto and third in the second while pole winner Alessi was second in the first moto and fourth in moto two.

Cairoli took moto one despite a broken gear lever. Alessi momentarily took the lead after the lever broke but Cairoli later retook the lead to win by less than a second despite being stuck in third gear. Fellow KTM factory rider Max Nagl, riding a 450SX-F instead of the new 350, finished third.

From left to right: Mike Alessi, Antonio Cairoli and Clement Desalle made the podium at the USGP. Photo by Archer R.

Troy Lee Designs Honda rider Ben Townley took the second moto, leading every lap before winning by nearly eight seconds. Townley was also among the front-runners in moto one before retiring with mechanical problems after his second crash in the race. Rockstar Teka Suzukis Clement Desalle took second while Cairoli beat Alessi for third.

Desalles podium put him third overall behind Cairoli and Alessi. For the championship standings, Cairoli extended his lead to 259-218 over Nagl who retired from moto 2 after getting stuck on a trackside banner. Desalle sits third at 196 points.

It was nice to win here because its been a long time since there was a USGP, says Cairoli. I like to battle with Mike Alessi, one of the best riders over here in the USA. Together we help push each other and the bike. Everything was perfect today including both of our starts and my holeshot in moto one on the 350 SX-F.

In the MX2 class, reigning Champion Marvin Musquin of Red Bull KTM put in a dominating performance, leading every lap of both motos to take the overall win.

Richmond, Va., native Zach Osborne made the podium in the MX2 class.

Musquin jumped to an early lead in moto one, taking the holeshot and raced unchallenged to the finish. Pro Circuit Kawasakis Steven Frossard finished second while Red Bull Teka Suzukis Ken Roczen finished third.

The second moto began in much the same way with Musquin taking the holeshot for the early lead. The second moto was cut short by a red flag after high winds knocked over the Red Bull finish arch. Final results were reverted to the end of lap ten, giving Musquin the win. American Zach Osborne of Bike it Cosworth Yamaha finished second while KTMs Shaun Simpson finished third.

Osborne finished tied with Frossard for second in points overall behind Musquin but because of his better finish in moto 2, Osborne was awarded second overall.