KTM Racing News Sunday September 4

Cairoli takes GP of Europe in Gaildorf and pockets 5th world title

It was a good day at the office for Red Bull Teak KTM factory rider Tony Cairoli on Sunday when he coasted home to second place in the second moto of the GP of Europe to secure the second last MX1 GP of the season. The Italian rider was already running on adrenalin after having settled the MX1 world title after the first moto at the German hard pack circuit.


It was Cairoli’s 43rd career GP victory and his fifth world title, the second in MX1 since joining the KTM factory team at the beginning of the 2010 season and the second riding the KTM 350 SX-F, which was only released last year.  While Tony may have enjoyed settling the title issue in the final round in front of his home crowds next weekend in Fermo, it was also good to have the matter already settled.  After a tough day on the hard pack track where ruts knee high developed during the course of the weekend, Tony said he planned to take a week off riding and go to Fermo to enjoy some fun riding for his fans.


While the title was all wrapped up for Tony, teammate Max Nagl is still battling it out for a chance at one of the minor podium places in the final reckoning. Max had an unlucky weekend, which stated when after putting in a good qualifying performance on Saturday, he had a flat tire two laps from the finish and was forced to start from the extreme side of the starting gates.  He still managed to scramble back in contention in the opening moto to finish in a solid fourth and was looking good for another string finish in the second. Then he crashed, came off the bike after being struck in the stomach with the handlebars and went through the green netting fence. He got back into the race and managed to finish in tenth place to salvage seventh overall but there is not a tight race to see who will land in places 2-3 on the final podium. Clement Desalle is out through injury but Steven Frossard and Evgeny Bobryshev are also contenders when it is all decided in Fermo.


On Sunday in Gaildorf, KTM added the MX1 Manufacturers’ title to that of the MX2, which was settled at the end of the last round in Matterley Basin.


Tony Cairoli: “It has been an amazing season and in the beginning it was really tough with my knee injury. After that I was always chasing the victories and now one round before the end we made it. I did like the layout of the track here in Gaildorf and  there’s lots of nice jumps but the hard pack is very difficult.”


Max Nagl: “ I was a bit unlucky with the tire problem on Saturday and this meant I had to start from the outside and that’s now easy here at Gaildorf. I still got two good starts but I got hemmed in in the early part of race two and then I had a couple of crashes. The second one was quite big but I was thinking about the championship so I got back into the race and managed to finish tenth. Now I would like to have two good races in Fermo because I have a chance to finish third.”


MX1 Results

1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM

2, Evgeny Bobryshev, Russia, Honda

3, Xavier Boog, France, Kawasaki

4, Rui Goncalves, Portugal, Honda

5, Kevin Strijbos, Belgium, Suzuki

Other KTM

7, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM

15, Matthias Walkner, Austria, KTM


MX1 Standings

1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM, 596  [MX1 World Champion 2011]

2, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha, 472

2, Clement Desalle, Belgium, Suzuki, 461

4, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM, 439

5, Evgeny Bobryshev, Russia, Honda 425


MX1 Manufacturers’ Standings

1, KTM, 621  [MX1 Manufacturers’ Title 2011]

2, Yamaha, 548

3, Suzuki, 524


KTM colors it Orange to celebrate double MX titles

Cairoli goes to Fermo as MX1 World Champion

Nagl focuses on clean races in Fermo to try to finish 3rd overall

04/09 2011

Race Report: Roczen wins MX2 World Title; second in GP of Europe

Red Bull Teka KTM riders Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings delivered two of the most exciting motos of the season at the GP of Europe in Gaildorf Germany on Sunday to finished 2-3 in the GP, enough points margin for the teenage factory riders to secure enough points to settle the top two places in the 2011 championship with one round still to go.


Roczen’s victory gave Germany their first MX world champion in more than 40 years but his 16-year-old teammate Herlings, the only other rider with a mathematical change of the title did everything in his power, especially in the second moto, to take the title fight to the final round in Italy.


Right from the gate drop of the first moto it was clear that Herlings was ready to meet the challenge. Riding on the deeply gnarled and rutted hard pack track the two KTM riders took command of the lead but within minutes, Roczen lost the front end and went down allowing Herlings to take the lead and raise the adrenalin levels of both riders and team members. A handful of laps later it was Herlings who took a tumble and while he quickly scrambled back into the action, Roczen had the advantage and went on to win the race.


In a last do-or die effort to extend his title chances Herlings made a charge out of the start gates in the second moto and led for most of the race. The moto quickly evolved into a three-way battle between the two KTM riders and Tommy Searle of Britain who were no more than a second apart with Herlings, Searle and Roczen running at 1-2-3. It was only when Searle made as successful move on Herlings that it changed the points ratio and guaranteed the title went to the 17-year-old German.


Searle won the GP, Roczen finished second and Herlings third but with the world tile going to the brilliant young German rider the results of the GP took second place to celebrations of the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Team who were already on a high after Tony Cairoli won the MX1 title after the first MX1 moto.


Roczen and Herlings have been the dominant riders in the MX2 season while their teammate Jeremy van Horebeek has been plagued with injury. Now Roczen, only 17, goes to the US to race for Red Bull KTM in the 2012 Supercross and Motocross seasons while his younger teammate Herlings will remain in Europe to race the World Championship season.  Before all that, the three orange riders will be on the track and fighting for a glorious season’s finish at Fermo, Italy next weekend.


To add even more glory to Austrian manufacturers’ list of honors this weekend, young KTM rider Romain Fevre of France also won the 2011 title for EMX. KTM also settled the Manufacturer’s titles in MX1 and EMX after having won the MX2 Manufacturer’s title at the end of the last round in Matterley Basin UK.


Ken Roczen: “its unbelievable for me. It’s my biggest moment ever. I went over the line and I could barely stand. I was crying and seriously this is the best feeling I ever had. I’m really happy with how things are gong and with all the team so a big thanks to everyone.”


Jeffrey Herlings: “Hopefully next year will be my year. I think I didn’t do such a bad season but I still had some mistakes and that’s what cost me the championship but at the end of it all I’m really pumped. I'm definitely second in the championships, I already won four GPS and I’ve been on the podium 10 or 11 times.”


MX2 Results

1, Tommy Searle, UK, Kawasaki

2, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM

3, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM

4, Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland, Yamaha

5, Gautier Paulin, France, Yamaha

Other KTM

7, Joel Roelants, Belgium, KTM

8, Nicolas Aubin, France, KTM

10, Jose Butron, Spain, KTM

11, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM

14, Jake Nicholls, UK, KTM

16, Nick Triest, Belgium, KTM


MX2 Standings

1, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 635  [MX2 World Champion 2011]

2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM, 585

3, Tommy Searle, UK, Kawasaki, 526

4, Gautier Paulin, France, Yamaha, 458

5, Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland, Yamaha 391

Other KTM

9, Nicholas Aubin, France, KTM, 269

10, Joel Roelants, Belgium, KTM, 253

12, Jake Nicholls, UK, KTM, 205

13, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM, 189

15, Jose Butron, Spain, KTM, 147

17, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM, 139


MX2 Manufacturers’ Standings

1, KTM, 686 [Manufacturer’s title already won by KTM after last round in Matterley Basin U/K/]

2, Kawasaki, 575

3, Yamaha, 525

Ken Roczen and Tony Cairoli both world champions

KTM's dynamic duo in action

Roczen takes the overview in Gaildorf

04/09 2011

Strong E1 weekend for Eero Remes in Saint Julia Andorra

KTM Factory Enduro rider Eero Remes put in a strong weekend in Rounds 13 and 14 of the E1 World Championship in the tiny mountain principality of Andorra this weekend finishing with a 1-2 result. His two podium finishes underline his streak of confidence after finishing the most outstanding rider in the International Six Days Enduro recently.

Remes started the weekend strongly and topped the podium on Saturday allowing him to narrow his points gap to the leader Juha Salminen, who had to withdraw with technical difficulties.

“Remes was pushing really hard and had a great battle with Rodrig Thain and he finally won in the last test,” team boss Fabio Farioli said on Saturday.  With the minor places only separated by several seconds it was also a strong ride by KTM’s Lorenzo Santolino of Spain, who finished finish.  Heavy rain in Andorra made it hard going for all the riders and forced organizers to scrap the Extreme Test.

Remes also did well to finish second to the very experienced Salminen on Sunday. His fellow Finn was spared the hard ride on Saturday because of his technical breakdown and went into Sunday’s race very fresh. Remes is still in with a chance to take the title as there are still 50 points up for grabs when riders go to France for the final round. Spanish KTM rider Lorenzo Santolino was also well in the points with fifth places on both days.

It was another strong weekend for KTM’s up-and-coming riders, especially Spain’s Mario Roman who picked up a total of 50 points from a win on each day. Jonathan Manzi of Italy was on the EJ podium in third on Saturday but finished further back at ninth on Sunday. Finnish rider Antti Hellsten, who has been troubled with a shoulder injury, finished 5-10 for the weekend. Young Manzi also won the Youth Cup on both days and on Saturday was joined on this podium by 16-year old Chilean KTM rider Benjamin Herrera. Mario Roman’s title chances are wide open as he is now just one point behind the leader Jeremy Joly of France.

E1 Results Saturday

1, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM

2, Rodrig Thain, France, HM-Honda

3, Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna

4, Fabien Planet, France, Sherco

5, Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, KTM

Other KTM

9, Christophe Robert, Switzerland, KTM

10, Andreas Beier, Germany KTM


E1 Results Sunday

1, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna

2, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM

3, Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna

4, Rodrig Thain, France, HM-Honda

5, Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, KTM

Other KTM

8, Christophe Robert, Switzerland, KTM


E1 Standings after Round 14

1, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna, 311

2, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM, 287

3, Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna, 275

4, Rodrig Thain, France, Honda, 247

5, Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, 206


EJ Results  Saturday

1, Mario Roman, Spain, KTM

2, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg

3, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM

4, Jeremy Joly, France, HM-Honda

5, Antti Hellsten, Finland, KTM

Other KTM

14, Benjamin Herrera, Chile, KTM

16, Eloi Salsench, Spain, KTM


Youth Cup

1. Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM

2. Benjamin Herrera, Chile, KTM

3. Luis Oliveira, Portugal, Yamaha


EJ Results  Sunday

1, Mario Roman, Spain, KTM

2, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg

3, Jeremy Joly, France, HM-Honda

4, Benoit Fortunato, France, Yamaha

5, Romain Dumontier, France, Yamaha

Other KTM

6, Lauri Pohjonen, Finland, KTM

9, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM

10, Antti Hellsten, Finland, KTM

16, Rudy Moroni, Italy, KTM


EJ Standings after Round 14

1, Jeremy Joly, France, Husaberg 283

2, Mario Roman, Spain, KTM 279

3, Romain Dumontier, France, Yamaha 229

4. Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM 215

5, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg, 222

6, Antti Hellsten, Finland, KTM 209


Youth Cup

1. Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM

2. Luis Oliveira, Portugal, Yamaha

3, Jordan Scott, Ireland, TM

Remes riding confidently in Andorra

Remes scores 1-2 in penultimate race weekend

double victory for EJ's Marion Roman

Jonathan Manzi best Youth Cup rider

04/09 2011

KTM’s Guerrero tops E2 podium on Sunday in Andorra

KTM E2 Enduro Factory Team rider toped the podium on Sunday to round off a good weekend in Saint Julia, Andorra and Factory Team boss Fabio Farioli reported from the venue that the Spanish rider was not only very fast but also impressive.


“He was fighting with Meo and Cervantes and he was very fast,” Farioli said following Sunday’s race. On Saturday Guerrero narrowly missed the podium because he was only two seconds off third place on a day where organizers had to scrap timing over the Extreme test as it was declared impossible to ride after heavy rain. Guerrero, who usually scores well on the Extreme test, was at a disadvantage because of the cancelation.


Also riding at Saint Julia was KTM’s Extreme specialist Taddy Blazusiak of Poland. Fresh from his third consecutive win in the GEICO Endurocross in Indianapolis, Taddy wanted to put in some more riding time on the KTM 350 EXC, which he is riding in the indoor competitions this season. He finished a solid sixth on Saturday and was fifth on Sunday. KTM’s key E2 rider Johnny Aubert of France is still out with injury after a big crash in Greece during the summer. Aubert is scheduled to ride in front of his home crowd when the final round goes to France but as he is not fit and lacks riding practice after being laid up with injury, he is not expected to record a top result.


E2 Results Saturday

1Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna

2, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas-Gas

3, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg
4Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM

5, Sebastien Bozzo, France, Kawasaki

Other KTM

6, Taddy Blazusiak, Poland KTM

14, Armand Monleon, Spain, KTM


E2 Results Sunday

1Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM

2, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas-Gas

3Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna

4, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg
5, Taddy Blazusiak, Poland KTM

Other KTM

14, Armand Monleon, Spain, KTM


E2 Standings after Round 14

1, Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna, 319 (wins E2 title)

2, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM, 268

3, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas-Gas, 258

4, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg, 240

5, Simone Albergoni, Italy, Husqvarna, 184

Guerrero best E2 rider on Sunday

Taddy Blazusiak getting bike time on 350 EXC

04/09 2011

KTM’s Kurt Caselli finishes 7-5 in the E3 Round in Andorra

American offroad specialist Kurt Caselli, who has been contesting some of the Class E3 Enduro World Championship rounds in Europe, was back on the continent this weekend to ride with the KTM Factory Racing Team at the penultimate round in Saint Julia, Andorra.


On Saturday the American rider lost 30 seconds following a crash and never managed to regain the momentum on a day where organizers were forced to abandon the extreme test after it was declared un-rideable after heavy overnight rain in the small principality in the eastern Pyrenees. On Sunday Caselli was back on the track and looking more confident, finishing up the order by two places to pick up some more points. Andorra was his last ride with the team in 2011 as he now returns to resume competing in the US Offroad competition.


Kurt, who spearheaded the US IDSE Team in Finland recently has been filling in in the E3 class during the enforced absence of David Knight who is recuperating after double hip surgery. While David is already back on the bike and had one run in the British nationals recently, he is still rehabilitating and wants to return to world championship competition fully fit for the final round in France.


While riders were able to tackle the extreme test on Sunday organizers decided to reduce the planned three laps to two on account of the weather situation.


E3 Results Round 13

1, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda

2, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg

3, Christophe Nambotin, France, Gas-Gas

4, Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Husaberg

5, Sebastien Guillaume, France, Husqvarna

Other KTM

7, Kurt Caselli, USA, KTM

9, Marcus, Kehr, Germany, KTM

13, Juan Perez, Spain, KTM

15, Jonas Karlsson, Sweden, KTM


E3 Results

1, Christophe Nambotin, France, Gas-Gas

2, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg

3, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda

4, Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Husaberg

5, Kurt Caselli, USA, KTM

Other KTM

10, Marcus, Kehr, Germany, KTM

14, Juan Perez, Spain, KTM

15, Jonas Karlsson, Sweden, KTM


E3 Standings after Round 14

1, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda 319

2, Christophe Nambotin, France, Gas-Gas 296

3, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg 262

4, Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Husaberg 226

5, Oriol Mena, Spain, Husaberg 210

American Kurt Caselli working the track in Andorra

04/09 2011

Lorenzo Baldassarri wins 2011 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup title

The final round of the 2011 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup was a do or die occasion for Lorenzo Baldassarri of Italy and Australian Arthur Sissis, the only two riders in the competition that were in with title hopes, but on Saturday it was the 15-year-old Italian who triumphed on his KTM 125 road racing machine at the Misano circuit in Italy.


Even at the double-header races on the Brno circuit the final title outcome was down to the two teenagers who went into Misano knowing that the points difference was so slight that if Sissis won and Baldassarri finished second, the Italian would still take the title.


The race proved to be as tight and thrilling as almost all the hotly contested rounds of the 2011 season, which is run parallel to the MotoGP calendar and gives the teenage riders the opportunity to showcase their skills on the major European racing circuits riding identical KTM 125 machines. It was Sissis who had the edge in the early phase when it appeared that Baldassarri had got himself locked into a following group but as the race progressed, he made the break and hung onto the tailpipe of the leading three - Sissis and the two competitive German riders Philipp Oettl and Florian Alt, who ended the day 1-2 on the podium in the final round. Once Baldassarri had made contact with the front four, riders jockeyed for the front position, which swung between the four leaders. Then with just three laps to go Baldassarri challenged Sissis and the Australian went wide. He ran off the track but missed going into the gravel but still sacrificed his spot with the leading group. Sissis rejoined the race in sixth. Baldassarri then had nothing left to do but to coast home in third to wrap up the title. The luckless Australian made good two places to cross the line in fourth place but was clearly bitterly disappointed to wrap up his season in second overall.


In the final points tally Baldassarri finished with 208 with Sissis in second trailing by 9 points. French rider Alan Techer wrapped up his season in third place with 162 points with Oettl fourth with 141 and Tomas Vavrous of the Czech Republic in fifth with 114.


The 2011 season was made up of eight race weekends, six of which were double-headers. Riders started their campaigns in Jerez, Spain. They then went to Estoril (Portugal), Silverstone (GB), Assen (NL) Mugello (IT), Sachsenring (Germany), Brno (CZ) before wrapping up the season at Misano on Saturday. The competition grooms talented young rider for future careers in top-level road racing.


Baldassarri: “It was a great race. Such a tough fight with Arthur, Philipp and Florian. We were braking so hard and so late and pushing hard, on the limit, through every corner, the hardest race of the year. Then on the last lap I looked back and I could see that Arthur wasn't close, I knew I just had to finish 3rd to take the Cup.”

Sissis: “The race was all going okay. We were having a great battle then I just made that one mistake. We were fighting for the lead and I tried to get back around him, he just moved over and I was off the track. I tried, I rode as hard as I could to get back but I just couldn't make it. Still it's been a great year, the best year of my life.”


Red Bull Rookies Final Round at Misano, Italy

All riders on KTM 125 RR machines

1, Philipp Oettl, Germany

2, Florian Alt, Germany

3, Lorenzo Baldissarri, Italy

4, Arthur Sissis, Australian

5, Tomas Vavrous, Czech Republic

6, Alan Techer, France


Red Bull Rookies Final Standings

1, Lorenzo Baldissarri, Italy 208 (wins 2011 title)

2, Arthur Sissis, Australian 199

3, Alan Techer, France 162

4, Philipp Oettl, Germany 141

5, Tomas Vavrous, Czech Republic 114                


Lorenzo Baldassarri wins Rookies title at Misano

Baldassari and the Duke 125 street bike

Arthur Sissis of Australia overall 2nd in 2011

Final podium 2011: 1, Baldassarri. 2, Sissis. 3, Techer
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