Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Riders Make Final Preparations

Top weekend for Red Bull Teka KTM factory riders in national and international races
As the Red Bull Teka KTM factory riders make their final preparations for the MX1, MX2 and WMX World Championship season, they rode and impressed in several national championship rounds this weekend in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.
 
MX1 factory duo Tony Cairoli and Max Nagl rode in Cingoli, Italy in Round Three of the Italian Championship, which proved fertile ground for KTM's Italian reigning MX1 champion. Tony scored a 3-1 result on the challenging track for a total of 200 championship points while Max finished with a 5-7 score for the day. Tony's performance was hampered by the fact that he raced with the flu and a strength sapping fever. 
 
Tony Cairoli: "It was a tough weekend because I was a little bit sick so I just went out and tried to do my best. I managed to get the holeshot in the first race but then I got tired and couldn't push so I just defended third place. I felt a little better in the second race and I was happy to get that win. Now I need to get two wins in the final round of the championship next weekend. It will be tough but I will try to do it." 
 
Max Nagl said although the results were not good he was still happy with his riding. "It was very tough race and the mud was heavy but my riding was good, I didn't get tired and I can push on the 350. The first race was okay but I had a problem at the start of the second. Then I crashed in the first corner and was last in the field. I managed to fight my way back to finish seventh so in those conditions it was quite okay." 
 
Tony now assumes control of the overall standings in the competition with one round to go next weekend. Max is sixth in the overall standings after having a DNF in the last outing in Faenza during the week. 
 
Jeffrey Herlings in flying form in Dutch Champs 
Dutch teenager Jeffrey Herlings was on top of his game in the Dutch Championship round at Halle winning both MX2 motos by a massive margin of 30 seconds and 40 seconds respectively. He had some discomfort from a thumb injury after a spectacular crash last weekend at the previous round in Gemert. Second in both races was factory teammate Jeremy van Horebeek of Belgium showing both these riders are itching to get down to business in the MX2 World Championship. 
 
Jeffrey Herlings: "Everything was perfect today. The track was great. It was fun to ride and I won both motos". Jeffrey said he had taken the week off to heal the thumb and an impressive array of bruises after last week's crash. He will now concentrate on training in the last two weeks before the first GP in Bulgaria. The Red Bull Teka KTM Racing MX2 team for the 2011 World Championships also includes Ken Roczen who has returned to Europe after delivering some spectacular rides in the USA in the AMA SX Lites West competition. 
 
Jeremy van Horebeek was also positive after his two second places on the typical Dutch sand track. "I am not really a specialist on the sand but I have been training with Stefan Everts on the sand in the winter and this result has helped to give me confidence. I want to try to get one more race in before the start of the GP season son I can continue to get my rhythm," he said. Jeffrey and Jeremy were 1-2 at the start of the first moto and quickly pulled away to put a big gap between them and the following pack. Jeremy was third at the start of the second moto and while he still finished second he said the sand was getting quite tricky and he did not want to take any unnecessary risks. 
 
Steffi Laier holds her own amongst strong field of MX2 riders in Genk, Belgium 
Red Bull Teka KTM WMX factory rider Steffi Laier was also on the track this weekend in an international MX event in Genk, Belgium on Sunday and put in a courageous and impressive performance competing amongst a strong field of top MX1, MX2 and MX3 riders. 
 
Steffi, the reigning WMX world champion rode in the Dutch Woman's Championship last week but won by such a big margin she decided to test herself alongside the men for some essential track motivation ahead of the opening GP in Sevlievo, Bulgaria in two weeks. Riding on a track heavy from recent rain that offered few overtaking possibilities and lines, Steffi won respect for her efforts. In race one she was fifth out of the start gate and although hindered with some arm pump problems still finished 14th. She was back at eighth after the start of the second race and eventually finished 13th for overall 15th in a field of more than twice that number of strong male riders. 
 
Steffi Laier: "I never rode a track that was as rough as it was today, so I was a bit nervous about giving it full gas." Steffi will continue training and testing to complete her final preparation ahead of her campaign to defend her world championship title. 
 
 
Tony Cairoli Battles flu and still delivers
 
Max Nagl happy with riding on the KTM 350 SX-F
 
Steffi Laier tackles mens race in Genk, Belgium
 
Sand specialist Jeffrey Herlings excels in Dutch championship
 
Two solid secodn for Jeremy van Horebeek
 
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