DOUBLE VICTORIES FOR KTM RIDERS CAIROLI, HERLINGS AND ROCZEN AT THE WEEKEND
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team enjoyed an outstanding weekend as Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings put their unmistakable stamps on the MXGP of Sweden in Uddevalla on Sunday by taking double moto victories, while success was also enjoyed in the US with Ken Roczen taking a double win in the AMA Pro MX series and Ryan Dungey scoring third overall.
MXGP World Championship
At the popular Swedish race in Uddevalla for round 12 of the World Championship, Tony Cairoli led the opening moto in dominating style and was mostly unchallenged to take the win at the chequered flag aboard his KTM 350 SX-F.
In race two the Italian star steamed to another victory, although an incident at the first corner of the moto is likely to affect the outcome of the series as Cairoli’s closest rival, Clement Desalle, fell heavily and was forced to retire. Cairoli now holds a 45-point advantage with five events to go and the victory marks his 70th Grand Prix win. Teammate Ken de Dycker continued his comeback aboard his KTM 450 SX-F after a long injury break, as the Belgian took 10th overall with an 8-12 race result.
Tony Cairoli: “I am pretty happy about the weekend. The track was hard and slick today and it wasn’t really my favourite conditions. But I managed to get two good starts and I was able to control the races and finish on top, so it’s good for the championship. It’s a lot easier to finish on top when you have two good starts.”
Ken de Dycker: “It’s going better and better every time we race and I don’t have so much pain in my hand. Now I need to get a better start in the races and I will be able to ride with the top five.”
MX2 World Championship
In the MX2 class Jeffrey Herlings continued as the most outstanding MX2 rider of the season, as he took another step closer towards his third consecutive world title aboard his KTM 250 SX-F.
The Dutch racer was unchallenged in both motos, winning by margins of 43 and 42 seconds respectively, while teammate Jordi Tixier, who had been feeling unwell before the second race, took second overall with his 4-2 race result, and he moves up-to second position in the points table. Herlings has an impressive series’ lead of 135 points and has won every GP this season except Brazil where he did not compete due to an injured shoulder.
Jeffrey Herlings: “Today we basically did what we had to do and that’s to win both motos and make the points gap bigger to the second place. This weekend is something I’m proud of. I won on Saturday and twice on Sunday and I had a lot of fun on the bike.”
Jordi Tixier: “It was difficult to take the start but I did it and I had a good feeling during the race. I was very tired for the last 10 minutes of the race, but to finish second overall, it cannot be better, because Jeffrey is faster than anyone else.”
US Pro MX Championship
Across the water in the USA the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team had a day to remember at the RedBud round of the US Pro MX championship in Buchanan, Michigan with Ken Roczen sweeping both 450-class motos and teammate Ryan Dungey picking up a podium third. In the 250 class Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin made a great return to the podium in second position with KTM rider Jason Anderson rounding out the podium in third.
450 US Pro MX championship
In race one Dungey grabbed the holeshot, although a mistake allowed Trey Canard to pass him for the lead. Roczen had started outside the top 10, but impressively hit the front on the fourth lap and went on to ride a mistake-free race for the victory. Dungey remained on the rear wheel of Canard for the duration of the race, but was unable to pass and was forced to settle for third.
In race two Roczen scorched to take the holeshot aboard his KTM 450 SX-F, while Dungey took up third position. Roczen was soon passed by Canard and the two riders battled back and forth for the lead until midway through the race. From then on Roczen made a pass stick and took the win by 10 seconds to seal an impressive 1-1 victory. Dungey took another third position for third overall. Roczen and Dungey are 1-2 in the points after round six.
Ken Roczen: “It feels so good to get the win here. It’s a great feeling to finish a race and not be tired. It really allows you to have fun out there and that is what I was able to do today.”
Ryan Dungey: “The track is really deep and I got sprayed a lot, which made it really hard to see. I needed to make the pass on Canard quicker like Kenny (Roczen) was able to do, but I lost a lot of time not making that pass.”
250 class US Pro MX championship
In the 250 class Musquin took a 4-3 result to show his form has returned following a long injury break and he was able to secure second overall. Fellow KTM rider Anderson had a good day on the RedBud track to go 3-4 for a podium third.
Marvin Musquin: “It’s better late than never. My first few laps were terrible. I made so many mistakes in the first moto and was lucky to rebound the way I did. The second moto was so intense. The track was tough and my ankle and knee were hurting, but it was all worth it. I have been working with Ryan (Dungey) during the week and it’s definitely paying off. Anytime you are on the podium, all of the work you do during the week is worth it.”