Victory for Tony Cairoli in MX1 GP of Spain
Red Bull Teka KTM rider and current world champion was back to his winning form on the track in La Baneza Spain to wrap up the MX1 GP of Spain in impressive style to ensure that KTM dominated both classes on the tricky northern Spanish circuit.
It was the Italian rider’s 39th career GP win. Cairoli conceded defeat in the opening moto but went out like a man possessed in the second. He was out of the gate like a rocket and slowly but surely distanced himself from the rest of the field and was five seconds in front at the checkered flag. The result has thrown down the challenge to championship leader Clement Desalle who now leads the standings by a single point from Cairoli. Tony has struggled with minor but debilitating injuries in the first half of the season but is looking confident for the second half of the season.
Tony Cairoli: “I made one small mistake when I was leading in the first race when I was in the lead then I didn’t have the chance to pass again. They I took the holeshot in the second race. Tanel Leok was riding very fast and I couldn’t pull away but then maybe he was getting a bit tired so I could make a good gap. I think in Sweden we can take back the red plate.”
Red Bull Teka KTM factory teammate Max Nagl finished with a 4-6 result for 33 points and fifth overall. The German rider is also fourth in the championship standings. Nagl said after the race that he had two good starts on Sunday and gained a lot of confidence in the first moto because he was able to keep up with Cairoli, Philippaerts and Frossard. “After that I knew I was getting mentally stronger. I got a good start again in the second then I got stuck behind Barragan. He slowed down going over the big tabletop and I almost ran into him so a lot of riders passed me,” he said.
Red Bull Teka KTM MX1 Team Manager Claudio de Carli said he was very satisfied with both riders and the bikes. “This was a great result for Tony especially after he had some problems with his thumb that was injured last week in Portugal. He managed to win today so this was perfect for him. Also Max is coming back into good form after his back problems and if he works on some technical points he is going to be back at the same level as he was earlier in the year, he said. “Also from a technical point of view we are doing very well and our bikes are certainly at the top level,” he added.
MX1 Manufacturers’ Standings
Roczen the star of the MX2 GP of Spain
Ken Roczen, riding still battered and bruised from a big crash last weekend in Portugal completely dominated the MX2 GP of Spain in La Baneza with two superb victories to pick up 50 points and reclaim the red plate as championship leader.
Factory teammate Jeffrey Herlings, who briefly held the red plate after the last GP finished fourth overall after taking a 3-4 result in the two motos. Now Roczen has reclaimed it and put a six points advantage between him and Herlings.
But while 16-year-old Herlings seemed to struggle on Sunday, Roczen put in two stunning rides on the northern Spanish circuit, which was the shortest on the current competition. The young German rider left no doubt about his championship intentions on a track that was very difficult to pass, putting in two near perfect starts and going on to dominate the races. He allowed Kawasaki rider Tommy Searle to briefly take the lead in the second moto but only in the first lap and only for a few corners. Then Ken concentrated on putting as much distance between him and the rest of the field and finished the second moto an impressive 10.5 seconds ahead of his rivals.
Ken Roczen: “I came here in a lot of pain and it didn’t work out so well yesterday because I was still in a lot of pain but now we had some good days. I was really calm and riding smooth and this is what I needed. I finally won two motos and I made two mistakes. Now I will go back home to relax a bit because I want to come back strong in Sweden.”
Claudio de Carli, the Red Bull Teka KTM MX1 Team Manager: “This was a very good weekend after last weekend when we all had a lot of worries about Ken Roczen after his bad crash in Agueda.”
The races provided thrills and spills for the enthusiastic crowd with many experienced riders battling the gnarly track and sliding on the banked loose earth on the sides of the track as they battled to overtake.
1, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM 25-25--50
MX2 Manufacturers’ Standings
WMX GP victory to Steffi Laier in Italy
Steffi Laier, the only full factory woman rider in the Red Bull Teka KTM Team, continued her charge towards another WMX world championship title on Sunday when she won the WMX GP of Italy in Umbria
After resting up last week following illness in Finland in the previous round, and aware that her energy levels were lower than usual, the German rider approached the GP with careful tactics. She knew that the weather would be hot and energy and that she should have her best result in the second moto.
Steffi took the holeshot in race one and took command of the track, closely followed by Chiara Fontanesi and fellow German Larissa Pappenmeier. She tried to break away from the pack but it was the young Italian, supported by her home crowd, who took the lead in lap two. Laier tucked in behind her and decided to conserve her energy for a big push in the second moto. She crossed the line in second place allowing Fontanesi the victory while Pappenmeier picked up the minor place.
Conditions of the relatively flat track were more to her liking in the second moto after it had been watered and was heavier than in the first race. Steffi snatched yet another holeshot and turned up the gas, drawing away from the rest of the field on her KTM 250 SX-F machine. She crossed the finish line 25 seconds in front of second placed Fontanesi and 50 seconds ahead of Pappenmeier again stamping her dominance on the competition.
WMX Results in Italy
WMX Manufacturers’ Standings
Remes on E1 podium at GP of Greece
KTM factory rider Eero Remes of Finland came away with a 4-3 result from the two rounds making up the E1 GP of Greece in Kalampaka Meteoria this weekend to hang on to joint second place in the class standings.
Remes was on his own for the Orange team in these two rounds as his teammate Thomas Oldrati of Italy was absent due to illness.
Factory team boss Fabio Farioli said the Remes had, by Sunday come to terms with the conditions and was riding more confidently. “Remes put in a solid day’s ride on Sunday and in fact he only missed second place by 0.14 of a second,” he said.
Meanwhile KTM supported rider Mario Roman of Spain was also in form this weekend in the EJ class, registering a 1-2 result over the weekend to be second in the standings. Antti Hellsten, KTM- supported Finnish rider was not so fortunate. He made a mistake and crashed heavily in Friday’s Super Test and was unable to start in Rounds 9 and 10.
Italian supported rider Jonathan Manzi was twice winner of the Youth Cup again this weekend, indicating that the team is taking care of the next generation of Enduro stars.
E1 Results Saturday Round 9
E1 Results Sunday Round 10
EJ Results Saturday Round 9
EJ Results Sunday Round 10
Youth Cup Saturday Round 9
Youth Cup Sunday Round 10
Guerrero takes two podiums in E2 GP of Greece
KTM Enduro factory rider Cristobal Guerrero of Spain salvaged two podium places in the E2 class in the Enduro GP of Greece at Kalampaka Meteoria on a weekend that was marred by a crash on Saturday where factory teammate Johnny Aubert was injured.
“Today Guerrero was leading right up to the last two tests. Then only lost the victory by eght seconds,” team boss Fabio Farioli said.
Guerrero’s two second places in the two rounds in central Greece, gave the team some solace after some anxious moments following Aubert’s big crash on Saturday almost at the conclusion to the day’s long ride. The French rider was riding hard in the cross test in the fourth lap of the day just a handful of kilometers from the finish when he came off the bike hard, was dazed, then collapsed and was immediately transferred to hospital.
Aubert was later diagnosed as having concussion, a traumatized neck, a dislocated collar bone, fractured collarbone and a severe burn to his right thigh. Doctors have said he must wear a neck brace for at least 40 days before engaging in any sporting activities so he will miss at least the next rounds in Romania. Aubert was in a comfortable second place at the time of the crash.
Results Saturday Round 9
E2 Results Saturday Round 10
KTM USA’ s Kurt Caselli scores E3 podium
KTM USA rider Kurt Caselli flew in from California to stand in for David Knight in the E3 class of the Enduro World Championship and came away after the weekend rounds with a fourth and a second place in the GP of Greece in Kalampaka Meteoria.
Kurt’s ride was all the more remarkable because he quickly overcame jet lag form the trans Atlantic flight and was up already up with the leaders in Saturday’s Round 9. Then he had a huge strong finish on Sunday coming back from fourth position in the final test to just miss the victory by 0.5 of a second.
Kurt is standing in for David Knight who is recovering from hip surgery and is not able to ride for most of the season. Caselli will go back to the USA but will return for the next two rounds in Romania. He said he was accustomed to riding in such conditions and in the heat in the USA.
Kurt Caselli: “The course seemed easier today than yesterday,” he said. “And we modified the suspension settings used by David Knight and I felt better on the bike today. Of course I am very happy with this result, particularly as it is on a bike that I am only just getting to know. I can’t wait to come back for the next Grand Prix in Romania!”
E3 Results Saturday Round 9
E3 Results Round 10
Two podiums and two crashes in IDM for KTM riders
The International German Superbike Championship at Germany’s Sachsenring on Sunday was an occasion for mixed fortunes for the two KTM supported riders, Martin Bauer of Austria and Matej Smrz of the Czech Republic.
All went very much according to plan in the first of the two races that make up the competition round with Bauer of the Motorex KTM Superbike Team finishing on the podium in second place and Smrz of the Inghart KTM Superbike Team in third. All looked positive for a further advancement of the lead in both the competition points and the manufacturer’s standings, but fate had something else in mind for the two riders in race two.
Bauer and Smrz were leading the second race when Smrz lost control during an overhaul maneuver in the fastest corner of the German circuit. He crashed and took Bauer down with him. Bauer will have extensive medical examinations on Monday to ascertain whether he will be fit to ride in the next round at the Salzburgring at the beginning of July. If any good news could come out of the weekend’s misfortune it is that it is possible that Smrz’s teammate, Stefan Nebel of Germany will probably be fit to return to the competition in the next round.
In the IDM 125 category it was Germany’s Luca Gruenwald who was the top KTM finisher at place 5. Other good KTM finishers were, Toni Finsterbusch at sixth, florian Alt at ninth and Philipp Oettl at tenth.
IDM SUPERBIKE, Race 1 Results
IDM SUPERBIKE, Race 2 Results
IDM SUPERBIKE Standings
IDM SUPERBIKE Manufacturers’ Standings
IDM 125, Race 1 Results
1, Sandro Cortese, Germany, Aprilla
2, Luca Amato, Germany, Aprilla
3, Jack Miller, Australia, Aprilla
4, Maximilian Eckner, Germany, Aprilla
5, Luca Gruenwald, Germany, KTM
6, Toni Finsterbusch, GER, KTM
9, Florian Alt, GER, KTM
10, Philipp Oettl, GER, KTM
IDM 125, Standings
1, Jack Miller, Australia, Aprilla, 85
2, Luca Amato, Germany, Aprilla, 79
3. Alexander Kristiansson, Sweden, KTM, 52
4, Maximilian Eckner, Germany, Aprilla, 44
5, Toni Finsterbusch, GER, KTM, 36
6, Luca Gruenwald, Germany, KTM, 35
9, Philipp Oettl, GER, KTM, 25
10, Deni Cudic, Austria, KTM, 23
14, Florian Alt, GER, KTM, 13