Roczen Dominates MX2 USGP at Glen Helen

Roczen dominates MX2 USGP at Glen Helen

Start MX2: Musquin (#1) in front of Roczen (#94), Herlings (#84) back.

"The German Sensation" on fire again.

Herlings flying at the second position.

Roczen celebrates his victory with Herlings and Searle.

Red Bull/Teka/KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen dominated the MX2 class at the U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross held at Glen Helen Raceway to lead every lap in both motos and finish ahead of teammate Jeffrey Herlings on both counts. The GP also saw the return of Marvin Musquin after a long injury pause.

The German teenager, who celebrated his first career win in the AMA SX Lites in the closing round of the competition earned first gate pick after winning Saturday’s qualifier by 16 seconds over Herlings. He nailed the holeshot in the first moto with Herlings and Musquin on his tail. Roczen and Herlings pulled away but Musquin washed out in the second corner before scrambling to get back in the race from near last. The French rider, who is competing for the Red Bull KTM US team in the AMA outdoors in 2011, crashed once more on the deeply rutted track and had to return to the pits for some adjustment to his front brake.

Meanwhile Roczen had no trouble taking the first moto win. “I like to consider this as one of my home races now that I have been living in California the first half of the year. It feels great to get a win here for my European team but to also have my American team celebrate with me,” commented Roczen. Herlings went on to finish second while Musquin was back at nineteenth.

KTM fans were looking for a showdown between the team’s two talented teenagers and were not disappointed in the second moto when Roczen and Herlings again delivered stunning performances. Roczen pulled the holeshot with Herlings on his tailpipe and they stuck close together for three-quarters of the race before Herlings fell slightly off the pace and settled into second. At the finish they were 1-2 again, while Musquin had a much better showing to be a confidence building sixth at the flag.

Ken Roczen: “I had some good fights with Jeffrey. I made some mistakes, which I am not very happy about but I like to ride in the mud. Here its kind of sandy and I knew Jeffrey was going to be fast but I won both motos and it was good.”

Jeffrey Herlings: “I’m really satisfied and it was a good weekend. I wanted to go for the win in the second moto but I made a big mistake and almost crashed so I decided to slow down and just go for second.”

“We were very proud to see Kenny (Roczen) and Jeffrey (Herlings) finish so well today. It is great to see both of our team riders up front. I also would like to give credit to Marvin (Musquin) because I know how hard it is to return from injury and I am happy with his second moto result. He will need a few more weeks to build up his speed and he’ll be back on his game,” commented Red Bull/Teka/KTM Team Manager Stefan Everts.

1, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM (1-1)
2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM (2-2)

3, Tommy Searle, Britain, Kawasaki
4, Max Anstie, Britain, Kawasaki
5, Zach Osborne, USA, Yamaha
Other KTM
8, Nick Aubin, France, KTM
9, Joel Roelants, Belgium, KTM
10, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM
11, Marvin Musquin, France, KTM
17, Pascal Rauchenecker, Austria, KTM
18, Nikolaj Larsen, Denmark, KTM

Standings after three GPs
1, Ken Roczen, German, KTM, 144 points
2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM 130

3, Tommy Searle, Britain, Kawasaki, 120
4, Zach Osborne, USA, Yamaha, 90
5, Max Anstie, Britain, 87
Other KTM
9, Joel Roelants, Belgium, 67
11, Nicolas Aubin, France, 59
12. Jordi Tixier, France, 39
13, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium KTM 31, (currently injured)

*KTM leads the Manufacturer’s Standings by 24 points after three GPS 

Nagl earns an impressive MX1 second at USGP

Nagl enjoys his podium moment

Great performance at Glen Helen for Max Nagl

Cairoli scores more championship points for USGP

Red Bull/Teka/KTM Factory rider Max Nagl put together two solid performances for a 3-2 result to take home second overall at the U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross held at Glen Helen Raceway on Sunday to set the stage for a great result in the team overseas excursion.

Nagl got off to a great start in the first moto and was in fourth going into the first corner while his teammate and reigning MX1 World Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli nearly grabbed the holeshot and was second at the turn. Cairoli looked solid but Nagl bobbled a few corners in and dropped to sixth. By lap eight he had moved himself into podium position after passing Kevin Strijbos while Cairoli had been slowly gaining on race leader Clement Desalle and was set to challenge him for the lead. He was all over the French rider’s back wheel halfway round the last lap when he cross-rutted and had to setting for second. Nagl joined him on the podium in third place.

Nagl repeated his first moto start as he rounded the first corner of the second moto in fourth position but shortly into the first lap Cairoli crashed on an uphill with Steven Frossard and the two riders dropped to the back of the pack.

By now the event announcers were hailing Nagl’s ride as impressive as he fought his way through the pack. He moved up to fourth then slipped back Evgeny Bobryshev for third around the large sweeper on lap six. He made the same pass on Strijbos on lap eight to advance to second behind Desalle and with five laps to go Max had him in his sights. At one point he narrowed the gap to four seconds and despite a mistake three laps before the flag, he put in a very strong showing in the final two to be just 1.5 second behind the Frenchman. Meanwhile Cairoli made a huge effort to gain ground and was eleventh at the flag.

Max Nagl:  “It was a great weekend for me and it was a difficult track after the rain and there were lots of ruts after the rain in the morning. Now I only need to work on my starts. I really felt comfortable on this track and was able to make some important passes today. I am very happy with my race results today and because I got more points toward the title. It would be great to get the red plate maybe if not in Brazil a bit later on in the championship.”

Cairoli said he was a little disappointed with the result as Glen Helen is one of his favorite tracks. He said he had fared quite well in the first moto but a mistake in the final stages meant he wasn’t able to tackle Desalle for the lead. Then after a bad start in the second moto, his luck ran out as the race progressed when he broke his clutch lever in a crash. “I made two stupid mistakes but all in all it wasn’t such a bad weekend. I was fourth in the championship and I gained some points and am now third so that’s a good thing.”

MX1 GP Results
1, Clement Desalle, France, Suzuki
2, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM
3, Evgeny Bobryshev, Russia, Honda
4, Kevin Strijbos, Belgium, Suzuki
5. Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM

Standings after 3 GPs
1, Clement Desalle, France, Suzuki, 128
2, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM, 122
3, Tony Cairoli, Italy, 104

4, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha, 96
5, David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha

*KTM leads Manufacturer’s Standings by 1 point

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