Cairoli the MX1 King of Kegums
The MX1 GP of Latvia was a near perfect weekend for Tony Cairoli and the Red Bull Teka KTM factory team. In fact any time, KTM reigning world champion went out on the track he was the fastest – from free practice right through to the MX1 GP motos.
Now completely fit and feeling confident, Tony has shifted up a gear in his bid to capture his fifth world championship title and this weekend’s efforts netted him a cool 50 points to extend his lead by 42 points over second placed Clement Desalle.
Tony was pushed hard by Steven Frossard in both motos but still managed to control the races and was the dominant rider of the weekend.
It was also a positive weekend for Max Nagl and while a crash at the beginning of the second moto spoilt his chances of a top place he still clearly benefited from increased confidence enhanced by changes in setup of his KTM 350. “KTM and WP did an amazing job,” he said after the race.
Tony Cairoli: it was an awesome weekend. Every time I was on the track I as in front. It was an amazing feeling. I’m getting stronger and stronger every weekend and my speed is getting better. I enjoyed both races. I led from the first lap of the first race but Frossard was strong at the end and I had some trouble with a back marker but in the end it was enough to won. I got a good start in the second race and managed to get enough to control it.
Max Nagl: “I’m more confident now and I know I can do the same speed as Tony and the guys because I was able to keep up with them in the first heat. The riding went well and things are going much better since we made some changes with the setup.
Team boss Stefan Everts: This was a top weekend for us. Tony showed he’s back in the game and made a nice lead in the points. He’s in full control and our bikes looked great. Max also did well. We did some changes in the setup of the 350 and you could see he was much happier and this reflected in his riding.
1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM
2, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha
3, Evgeny Bobryshev, Russia, Honda
4, Rui Goncalves, Portugal, Honda
5, David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha
6, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM
1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM, 416
2, Clement Desalle, Belgium, Suzuki, 374
3, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha, 370
4, Evgeny Bobryshev, Russia, 334
5, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM, 311
MX1 Manufacturers’ Standings
1, KTM, 441
2, Yamaha, 415
3, Suzuki, 384
Roczen conquers Kegums with MX2 victory
Red Bull Teka KTM’s Ken Roczen on Sunday soaked up all the glory at Kegums in Latvia with two clear moto victories to further advance his lead in the MX2 Championship. It was the German super kid’s fourth consecutive GP victory this season.
Factory teammate Jeffrey Herlings was on the podium in second place after two great rides. He was taken down just after the start of the first moto and found himself stranded back at 22nd in the big field. He put his head down and fought his way back to finish third, then in the second moto crossed the lone in second behind Roczen to underline that these two teenagers are the ones to dominate the championship.
While Roczen stole the holeshot in race two, Herlings was not about to let him get away, even though he had expended a lot of energy catching the pack in race one. He also led the race for a brief period before Roczen again took charge. Herlings managed to hold on to second place despite another small crash in the closing stages but this allowed Roczen to finish almost 14 second ahead at the flag. The young Dutch rider nevertheless put in a solid day’s ride, his efforts all the more commendable because he had crashed hard on Saturday ramming the handlebars into his face and lacerating the inside of his mouth.
Ken admitted after the race that he did not feel comfortable on the Latvian circuit that other riders like a lot. In Kegums riders tackle a mixed surface: soft sand on a harder base, but with a heavy program the track conditions worsened as race day progressed. Roczen now leads the championship standings with 446 points, 27 clear of teammate Herlings and with five GPs to go the two KTM teenagers have now comfortably distanced themselves from the rest of the field. KTM is also leading the Manufacturer’s title.
Ken Roczen: “It was pretty amazing because I was far off the pace in practice and even though I was pushing hard I couldn’t make good lap times. Then I won the first moto by a good gap and I saved a lot of energy for the second. I got a good start in the second and I let Jeffrey by to check out his lines. Then when there was about 15 minutes to go I put my head down, pushed past him and went on to pick up some good points.”
Jeffrey Herlings: I showed I had the speed and I came second so I’m not disappointed. I lost some points on Ken but I didn’t lose against Tommy (Searle). My injury didn’t really worry me but I didn’t win because I made some mistakes.
Factory team boss Stefan Everts: “Ken was back in charge. He rode really comfortably and he stayed calm. He’s doing very well and made no mistakes. Jeffrey also had a really good race, especially in the first moto when he came back from last and showed a good speed.
EMX2 was also on the race program for Kegums and this resulted in a podium third for French KTM rider Romain Febvre, who also now leads the standings by 12-points.
1, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM
3, Tommy Searle, UK, Kawasaki
4, Max Anstie, UK, Kawasaki
5, Zachary Osborne, USA, Yamaha
9, Jake Nichols, UK, KTM
13, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM
15, Nicolas Aubin, France, KTM
16, Jose Butron, Spain, KTM
1, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM 446
2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM 419
3, Tommy Searle, UK, Kawasaki 370
2, Gautier Paulin, France, Yamaha 343
5, Zachary Osborne, USA, Yamaha 295
9, Nicolas Aubin, France, KTM, 207
11, Joel Roelants, Belgium, KTM, 166
13, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM, 115
14, Jake Nichols, UK, KTM, 1124
16, Jose Butron, Spain, KTM, 94
MX2 Manufacturers’ Standings
1, KTM, 489
2, Kawasaki, 410
3, Yamaha, 389
EMX2 Results at Kegums in Latvia
1, Priit Rätsep, Estonia, Honda
2, Stefan Kjer, Olsen, Denmark, Yamaha
3, Romain Febvre, France, KTM
4, Jens Getteman, Belgium, Yamaha
5, Filip Bengtsson, Sweden, KTM
6, Kevin Fors, Belgium, KTM
9, Arnaud Aubin, France, KTM
12, Kenny Vandueren, Belgium, KTM
14, Michael Van Wezel, Netherlands, KTM
1, Romain Febvre, France, KTM 163
2, C. Lefrancois, France, 151
3, D. Ferrandis, France, 125
4, Jens Getteman, Belgium, Yamaha 122
5, Stefan Kjer, Olsen, Denmark, Yamaha 119
8, Kevin Fors, Belgium, KTM 101
13, Arnaud Aubin, France, KTM 78
15, Michael Van Wezel, Netherlands, KTM 69
1, KTM 218
2, Yamaha 188
3, Honda 183
Steffi Laier clear winner at WMX GP of Slovenia
Red Bull Teka KTM’s only woman full factory rider Steffi Laier of Germany came away from the WMX GP of Slovenia on Sunday with a double moto victory to top the podium and move ahead in the championship standings.
Her performance on the beautiful natural track at Orehova Vas indicated she took little time out to take in the scenery. She was fastest qualifier on Saturday and got away to a good start in race one on Sunday taking command at the first corner. In a race that was characterized by some close encounters with her biggest rival this year, Chiara Fontanesi of Italy, who although she led the lead for some of the race had to settle for second place.
Steffi took the holeshot in the second moto but left the door open in the second corner and Fontanesi slipped past. The KTM rider stayed close then opened the throttle and made her bid for the win with three laps to go. She now has a 15-point lead in the championship.
Steffi Laier: “I had no stress on Saturday, everything went well and I had a superb feeling on the bike. I also felt great during practice on Sunday but I wanted to win the races so badly I made myself a bit crazy. I also had a bit of arm pump after the first race. Actually, I feel a bit like a diesel at the moment because it’s only in the last 10 minutes I start to ride the way I should be. Now I have a lead in the points I can start to relax.”
WMX Results in Slovenia
1, Steffi Laier, German, KTM
2, Chiara Fontanesi, Italy, Yamaha
3, Larissa Pappenmeier, Germany, KTM
4, Anne Borchers, Germany, Suzuki
5, Britt van der Wekken, Netherlands, Honda
6, Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM
7, Joanna Miller, Poland, KTM
11, Floriana Parrini, Italy, KTM
13, Shirley Verkade, Netherlands, KTM
15, Maria Lorca, Venezuela, KTM
1, Steffi Laier, German, KTM 263
2, Chiara Fontanesi, Italy, Yamaha 248
3, Larissa Pappenmeier, Germany, KTM 212
4, Britt van der Wekken, Netherlands, Honda 171
5, Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM 156
10, Joanna Miller, Poland, KTM 102
11, Shirley Verkade, Netherlands, KTM 94
12, Floriana Parrini, Italy, KTM 85
1, KTM 263
2, Yamaha 248
3, Honda 171
Philipp Oettl on top on the Sachsenring
Philipp Oettl put on a superb display to win the first Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race of the weekend at the Sachsenring. The German rider emerged on top after a typical Rookies Cup skirmish of 12 riders battle that finally saw Brad Binder and Scott Deroue soak up the minor places.
Australian Arthur Sissis, the Cup leader, was forced to go out on his spare bike after experiencing technical problems in the warm-up race and finished out of the points. His rival Lorenzo Baldassarri of Italy picked up 10 points for sixth place and closed the points deficit to Sissis to just seven with four races remaining.
Oettl said it had been a hard fight in the big group of riders “It was tough because the grip was not that great and the bike was sliding around a lot. When it came to the last lap I just went as hard as I could in the hope of opening up a little bit of a gap before the last corners,” he said. Oettl set the fastest lap of the race in the final minutes and took the checkered flag three tenths of a second ahead of Binder.
It was the third time Binder had finished second at the Sachsenring. “I certainly want to change that tomorrow but it was a great race and I am so happy to be back on the podium,” he said. Riders compete also on Sunday on the same program as the MotoGP of Germany.
It was also a big day for the Dutch teenager Deroue who was on the podium for the first time. Alan Techer of France was fourth and Tomas Vavrous of the Czech Republic was fifth.
Red Bull Rookies Round 10 at Sachsenring, Germany
All riders on KTM 125 RR machines
1, Philipp Oettl, Germany
2, Brad Binder, South Africa
3, Scott Deroue, Netherlands
4, Alan Techer, France
5, Tomas Vavrous, Czech Republic
6, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy
Victory for Alan Techer at Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup
French rider Alan Techer climbed on top of the box for the first time on Sunday when he emerged winner of the second of two races in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Germany’s Sachsenring. He headed home two German riders, Florian Alt and Willi Albert, on the podium for the first time in his debut season.
Sunday’s race was a typical hard fought event with no less than 10 of the young riders battling it out for the lead. Unluckiest rider of the weekend was Australian Arthur Sissis who was out of the points in both races this weekend after technical problems on Saturday and a last lap crash on Sunday when he clipped the back of Alt’s bike. He now relinquishes his lead in the championship to rival Lorenzo Baldassarri of Italy, who finished in a solid fourth.
While the German riders were able to sport the home advantage, this weekend was the first time that Techer had ridden on the Sachsenring as last season he was injured for this round. He said he had been disappointed not to be on the podium on Saturday but was thrilled to have made it on Sunday. “I had trouble with the bike yesterday the rear was sliding too much. But I realized it wasn't the bike it was me, I just wasn't using the right lines.”
Alt said he didn’t make a good start but when he realized he was in the leading group he decided to stay cool, relax and work his way to the front. Hi chances of slipping past Techer were foiled after the incident with Sissis in the closing stages.
Willi Albert was not only on the podium for the first time, but it also his first top 10 finish in this competition that grooms young riders for a career in MotoGP, all of who rider KTM 125s.
Brad Binder, 15 of South African also looked like he was going to place high in the field until he realized his petrol tank had come loose. “That's my fault,” said his father who looks after the bike. “He was riding so well. Still it's great to see him up at the front again this weekend.”
Going into the last three races of the year Baldassarri has a six point lead over Sissis with Techer and Oettl also still in with a mathematical chance of wining the Cup. The next races are at the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic on August 13th and 14th.
Red Bull Rookies Round 10 at Sachsenring, Germany
All riders on KTM 125 RC machines
1, Alan Techer, France
2, Florian Alt, Germany
3, Willi Albert, Germany
4, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy
5, Tomas Vavrous, Czech Republic
6, Philipp Oettl, Germany
Red Bull Rookies Standings
1, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Italy 172
2, Arthur Sissis, Australian 166
3, Alan Techer, France 127