Roczen wins home MX2 GP in Germany
Red Bull Teka KTM rider Kenny Roczen made KTM, his team and 40,000 fans at the Teutschenthal circuit happy on Sunday when he took overall victory in the MX2 GP with a 1-3 moto result to surge further forward on the overall championship standings.
Factory teammate Jeffrey Herlings finished fourth overall with a 2-4 moto finish and is still second behind Roczen in the championship.
The two KTM factory teenagers completely dominated the first moto finishing over 30 seconds ahead of the field but the second moto was much harder work. Herlings missed the start and found himself back at fourteenth and Roczen crashed in the first lap. Both riders then pulled out all the stops hunted down the rest of the pack. Within three laps, Herlings was back in second while Roczen was closing in on him in fourth place. Roczen waited his moment then, responding to the huge roar from the crowd, slipped past his teammate and rode out the rest of the moto in third behind Gautier Paulin and Tommy Searle to seal another comfortable GP victory.
Roczen raced with a cold but still pulled off a thrilling performance for the massive crowd who came to the German circuit to support the young super star.
Roczen and Herlings again proved that they are in a class of their own in MX2 this weekend. Teammate Jeremy van Horebeek was unable to start on race day after a crash on Saturday put him in hospital overnight under observation. It was bad luck for the Belgian rider who has only just rejoined the team after another injury break. Jeremy was released from hospital on Sunday but returned to Belgium for more checks.
Ken Roczen: “Yesterday was good and today was even better. I won the first race and I got the holeshot in the second. Then I crashed in the first lap, I was back at 16th and it’s hard to pass on this circuit. I managed to come back to third and won the overall so I could make a bigger gap in the points to Jeffrey.”
Jeffrey Herlings admitted that although Teutschenthal was not his favorite track, he was still satisfied with his result. " I’m satisfied with my riding and although I finished behind Ken I was still able to keep up with the same speed and I didn't lose too many points. I also like the changes that they made to the track here," he said. "Now I go and train in the sand because we'll be racing in sand next weekend in Kegums and that's my specialty."
Young riders in the UEM EMX125 class also had their third round of competition in Teutschenthal, which saw a second and third podium place for KTM riders Samuel Bernadini of Italy and Tim Gajser of Slovenia. These riders are also second and third in the championship standings. KTM is ahead in both MX2 and EMX125 in the Manufacturer’s Standings.
MX2 Manufacturers’ Standings
EMX 125 GP after Round 3 Teutschenthal
1, Simone Zecchina, Italy, Suzuki
2, Samuel Bernadini, Italy, KTM
3, Tim Gajser, Slovenia, KTM
4, Jeremy Seewer, Switzerland, Suzuki,
5, Mathias Plessers, Belgium, KTM
EMX Standings After Round 3
1, Simone Zecchina, Italy, Suzuki 139
2, Samuele Bernardini, Italy, KTM 135
3, Tim Gajser, Slovenia, KTM 109
4, Jeremy Seewer, Switzerland, Suzuki 100
5, James Dunn, UK, KTM 83
1, KTM 141
2, Suzuki 139
3, Yamaha 78
Cairoli just misses victory in MX1 GP of Germany
A last corner battle between Red Bull Teka KTM’s Tony Cairoli and Russian Evgeny Bobryshev in the second moto of the MX1 GP of Germany had 40,000 fans at the Teutschenthal circuit on their feet and screaming. But when the championship leader tangled with a rut in the last corner the race and the GP went to the Russian.
Cairoli’s efforts, which netted him a 2-2 result for the two motos still added another 44 points to his bid to retain the championship title and he retained the red plate.
The Italian who rode this weekend with a special Pit Beirer Replica Helmet as a mark of respect for the head of KTM Motorsports, secured the holeshot in the all important second moto but then settled in behind the Russian in second place. The two riders engaged in some close encounters and several times Cairoli slipped back in the field, including when he got stuck behind a back marker in the last stages of the race. But Cairoli saved the best till last, shadowing Bobryshev and planning exactly where on the hard and at times slick circuit he would make his move. He delivered some typical magic in the final lap, maneuvering into position to make the move on the Russian. Then he made a brief contact with the other bike and the moment was gone.
Tony Cairoli: “I am working on changing my riding style and I have to try to be a bit more focused on the first 15-20 minutes. I’m trying to be a bit more aggressive. But its getting better and I’m happy about my riding.
In race two, teammate Max Nagl of Germany was in a good third, a position he was able to defend for most of the race even though he did eventually slip back to seventh, salvaging enough points for overall fifth on the day. Nagl said after the race that although he had been quite satisfied with his riding and his starts and felt he could keep up with the leaders, he got extremely tired in the second race and almost had to pull out. He met with the team after the race and they will now make some adjustments to the suspension settings ahead of next week’s race in Latvia.
MX1 Manufacturers’ Standings
Remes top KTM rider in E1 in Romania
Eero Remes came away from Rounds 11-12 of the Enduro World Championship in Busau Romania this weekend with a 3-2 result and moved up to second place in the championship standings.
The Finn was the only KTM factory rider in the class as teammate Thomas Oldrati is currently out through illness. On Saturday Remes fought with the leaders and just narrowly missed a second place on the podium and on Sunday. Team boss Fabio Farioli reported from Busau that Remes also fought hard all day Sunday with the championship leader Juha Salminen for a creditable performance overall.
Mario Roman of Spain was the most outstanding KTM rider in the junior EJ class with a 4-2 result for the weekend’s ride in the championship’s first outing to Romania. The Youth Cup also ended positively for KTM with a 1-3 result for leader Jonathan Manzi of Italy and for 16-year-old KTM supported rider Benjamin Herrera of Chile. The teenager was third on Saturday and won the Youth Cup on Sunday.
Rider’s battled searing temperatures throughout the 4-lap circuit but had the novelty of having the paddock facility in the town center of Busau, ensuring there was a lot of local interest in the event.
E1 Results Round 11
E1 Standings after Round 11
E1 Results Round 12
E1 Standings after Round 12
EJ Results Round 11
EJ Standings after Round 11
EJ Results Round 12
EJ Standings after Round 12
Youth Cup Round 12
Cristobal Guerrero twice on the E2 podium in Romania
Spanish KTM factory rider Cristobal Guerrero put in two solid rides in the E2 class of the Enduro World Championship in Busau Romania this weekend to finish with a 2-3 result in Rounds 11 and 12 of the competition.
In the absence of the injured Johnny Aubert, Guerrero was the sole rider for the KTM factory team this weekend and retains his second place in the standings behind Antoine Meo of France. “Guerrero was very fast this weekend and he had some close fights with Meo,” team boss Fabio Farioli reported.
Riders were not only tested on the 4 x 52 km laps and integrated cross, extreme and Enduro tests on both Saturday and Sunday during their first World Championship outing in Romania but also battled extreme summer temperatures. The competition now goes into recess until September.
E2 Results Round 11
E2 Standings after Round 11
E2 Results Round 12
E2 Standings after Round 12
Caselli scores a 3-4 E3 result in Romania
KTM factory rider Kurt Caselli, currently standing in for the injured KTM Enduro Factory rider David Knight flew in from the USA to race in the E2 class when the WEC Enduro World Championship went to Romania for the first time this weekend.
Caselli had a solid result on Saturday and after leading for most of the day made some mistakes in the last of four laps and had to settle for third place behind Christophe Nambotin and Sebastien Guillaume. On Sunday he was not so fortunate and never really recovered from some errors in the first test, however he was still able to salvage a fourth place in Round 12. The American has nevertheless garnered a creditable 78 championship points from the Greek and the Romanian GPs. The competition now breaks until September when riders will contest the next GP in Andorra.
E3 Results Saturday
E3 Standings after Round 11
E3 Results Sunday
E3 Standings after Round 12