ROCZEN SUPREMO IN SWEDISH MX2 GP
Ken Roczen once again put his own stamp on the MX2 class at the GP of Sweden on Sunday when he pulled off two overwhelming victories in both motos to pick up more silverware for his trophy cabinet.
The younger of Red Bull KTM Teka’s two teenage riders Jeffrey Herlings also put in two solid rides for a 3-2 moto result and second overall. While the Dutch teenager got out of the gates well and put in two good races he was unable to keep pace with his German counterpart who completely shut out all opposition on the tricky Uddevalla track.
Roczen’s performance in the opening moto on the Swedish circuit was pure copybook. Starting on pole as the fastest qualifier, Ken took the holeshot, led the race right to the checkered flag and crossed the line 18 seconds in front of second placed Gautier Paulin. To the delight of his team and the many KTM fans at the Swedish circuit, the young German went out and repeated the performance again in commanding style in the second moto to give him is eighth career GP win since he started racing MX2 mid season in 2009. Roczen can now look forward to going to his home GP in Teutschenthal Germany next weekend where he will be supported by a huge number of local fans.
Also impressive on his return to the track after a prolonged injury break was the third member of the Red Bull Teka KTM squad, Jeremy van Horebeek of Belgium. He finished 5-9 for overall seventh place in the GP to send a strong signal that he is back and ready for good results. Jeremy said he was quite stressed returning to racing after such a long break and this cost him some strength. He said he was a disappointed not to have done better in the second moto but was pleased to be back on what he described as his ‘awesome’ bike.
Ken Roczen: “I had two good starts and that helped me. I rode really smooth and I didn’t even have the feeling that I was pushing hard but I was still making the fastest lap times. It was definitely a great feeling. I didn’t make any big mistakes. I just tried to get better and I want to do it again next weekend. It’s all about riding smooth and smart.”
Jeffrey Herlings: “Today I didn’t want to make any mistakes. My strongest point has been consistency and to keep up with that I knew I had to finish second or third. So I was second today and I am really happy about that. I had good starts this weekend and that was what I was looking for so the hard work is paying off.”
Jeremy van Horebeek: “The first heat was good. I came from the back and finished fifth. I was on the wheel of the fourth rider but I just didn’t have the reserves to pass him. I missed the start of the second moto and I crashed at the beginning of the race so I had to come back from the last place. I got back to ninth and I did some good lap times.”
Ken Roczen now has a commanding lead in the championship standings with 351 points, followed in second place by Jeffrey Herlings with 337. Jeremy van Horebeek has collected 59 points to be at 19th place even though he has completed in only two GPs this season because of his injuries.
1, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM
3. Gautier Paulin, France, Yamaha
4, Max Anstie, UK, Kawasaki
5, Christophe Charlier, France, Yamaha
7, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM
8, Nicholas Aubin, France, KTM
15, Jake Nichols, UK, KTM
16, Nick Triest, Belgium, KTM
17, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM
1, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 351
2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM, 337
3, Tommy Searle, UK, Kawasaki, 286
4, Gautier Paulin, France, Yamaha, 276
5, Zachary Osborne, USA, Yamaha, 234
9, Nicholas Aubin, France, KTM, 178
10, Joel Roelants, Belgium, KTM, 166
13, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM, 91
15, Nick Triest, Belgium, KTM, 68
16, Jake Nicholls, UK. KTM , 66
18, Jose Butron, Spain, KTM , 62
19, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM, 59 (from just 2 GPs)
20, Pascal Rauchenecker, Austria, KTM, 55