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Oliveira dominates home MotoGP™ in Portugal as Arenas wins 2020 Moto3™ title

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Red Bull KTM closed an intense but memorable 2020 MotoGP campaign with Miguel Oliveira romping free of the pack to win his second race of the season at the challenging Algarve International circuit for the Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal. Oliveira’s home GP success was the company’s third victory from fourteen rounds. Pol Espargaro ensured two KTM RC16s in the top four and finishes the year 5th in t
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Arenas lifts 2020 Moto3™ world championship in Portugal

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Albert Arenas is the 2020 FIM Moto3 World Champion after a mature race to 12th position in the Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal and the fifteenth and last race of the season. The Spaniard became KTM’s fourth title winner in the class with the Solunion Aspar KTM RC4 and delivered KTM’s 314th FIM crown.
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RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM ANNOUNCES A THREE-RIDER ROSTER FOR 2021 RACE SEASON

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With “off-season” preparations underway for the 2021 race season, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team has announced its three-rider line-up alongside a press event held today at the company’s North American test track facility “RD Field” in Southern California. Featuring two of the sport’s top contenders – Marvin Musquin and Cooper Webb – in the 450 cc division, the team is also proud...
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DAY TWO WIN FOR JOSEP GARCIA AT 2020 ENDUROGP FINALE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has secured his second EnduroGP win of the season with victory on day two of the final round of the series in Portugal. Joining Garcia and making his competitive debut at an FIM EnduroGP World Championship event, Manuel Lettenbichler posted some solid special test times on his way to a 10th place Enduro 2 class result on day one but unfortunately was unab
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Espargaro doubles-up as Red Bull KTM outshine the opposition at second MotoGP™ in Valencia

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Red Bull KTM celebrated their second consecutive podium appearance and their seventh trophy of 2020 as Pol Espargaro flew to 3rd position in Spain. The factory saw all three of their KTM RC16s place in the top six to end the penultimate round of the season as the leading brand in the race classification. Jorge Martin scored a victory in Moto2™ as Raul Fernandez finished 3rd in Moto3™.
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Espargaro back on the MotoGP™ podium with 3rd place in Valencia

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Red Bull KTM lifted their sixth trophy of 2020 MotoGP as Pol Espargaro finished in the top three for the fourth time this season at a sunny Ricardo Tormo Circuit for the Gran Premio de Europa. Raul Fernandez recorded his first visit to the top step in Moto3 and Jorge Martin was runner-up in Moto2 to complete a successful Sunday for the Red Bull KTM Ajo crew.
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JOSEP GARCIA ENJOYS WINNING ENDUROGP RETURN

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Returning to the FIM Enduro World Championship, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has delivered two impressive performances at the EnduroGP of Portugal, battling challenging weather and changing track conditions across two tough days of competition. Ending the event with a runner-up Enduro 2 class result on day one, Garcia went on to top the class, and the event’s overall EnduroGP classif
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Vialle wins 2020 MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship at Grand Prix of Pietramurata

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Tom Vialle has won the MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship at the Pietramurata circuit in Italy and the penultimate round of the 2020 campaign. The 20-year old Frenchman changed his red number plate for a gold one after winning the first moto on his KTM 250 SX-F and acquired the necessary points to wear the #1 for 2021. In MXGP Tony Cairoli steered his KTM 450 SX-F to 5th and chases the status of
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Cairoli wins Trentino MXGP as Vialle edges close to MX2 history

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle moved to within striking distance of the 2020 FIM MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship thanks to 3rd position in Italy on Sunday and his 13th podium finish this season. In the MXGP class Tony Cairoli claimed victory for the third time in 2020 for what was the 16th round of 18.
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MANUEL LETTENBICHLER WINS 2020 RED BULL ROMANIACS

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has won the 2020 edition of Red Bull Romaniacs. In an event that saw the top two contenders take the battle for victory right down to the wire, Lettenbichler put in a superb performance on the demanding fourth and final day to secure the overall win by over two minutes.
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MANUEL LETTENBICHLER SET TO RACE 2020 RED BULL ROMANIACS

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler is ready to race the 2020 edition of Red Bull Romaniacs. The grueling five-day event consists of a time trial qualification, followed by four long days of racing in the Romanian Hills. Based once again around the town of Sibiu, the hard enduro takes place from October 27 to 31.
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KTM ONE-TWO ON ANDALUCIA RALLY STAGE FOUR

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KTM Factory Racing’s Daniel Sanders has won the fourth and final stage of the 2020 Andalucia Rally. Pushing hard on the dusty, Spanish tracks, the rally rookie beat his Australian teammate Toby Price to the day’s win by just seven seconds. Also delivering a strong performance, Matthias Walkner placed fourth, less than two minutes down on Sanders.
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SECOND PLACE FOR MATTHIAS WALKNER ON ANDALUCIA RALLY STAGE THREE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has put in an excellent performance on stage three of the 2020 Andalucia Rally, covering the 230 kilometers of timed special in less than two hours to finish as provisional runner-up. Teammates Daniel Sanders and Toby Price successfully completed the day’s racing in ninth and 10th respectively.
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TOBY PRICE FIFTH FASTEST ON ANDALUCIA RALLY STAGE TWO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has completed the second stage of the 2020 Andalucia Rally as fifth-fastest. Fellow Australian Daniel Sanders finished in 11th place with Matthias Walkner 15th. Sam Sunderland’s rally came to an unfortunate and premature close following a crash just 10km into the stage.
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TOUGH OPENING STAGE AT THE 2020 ANDALUCIA RALLY FOR RED BULL KTM

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing have successfully completed the opening stage of the 2020 Andalucia Rally. Sam Sunderland posted the best result from the team, finishing seventh-fastest, six-and-a-half minutes off the stage winner. Matthias Walkner also claimed a solid result in 12th, unfortunately losing several minutes in the last few kilometers of the stage.
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Prado walks the podium at Mantova for Lombardia MXGP

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MXGP ‘rookie’ Jorge Prado captured his fourth podium result of 2020 and his third in a row with 3rd place overall at the Grand Prix of Lombardia. The Spaniard was denied a second victory with the KTM 450 SX-F after penalization for jumping while yellow flags were waved in the second moto at Mantova.
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Oliveira wins jaw-dropping Styrian MotoGP™ as Espargaro also takes podium finish

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Red Bull KTM toasted their second MotoGP victory in the space of two weeks with Miguel Oliveira’s brilliantly judged first-ever success at the Red Bull Ring for the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria. The 25-year old not only claimed the first win for his Red Bull KTM Tech3 team in MotoGP but also for Portugal. Pol Espargaro fought for the checkered flag until the last corner and scored his second career
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Herlings triumphs at Kegums Grand Prix and final MXGP Latvian event

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Red Bull KTM have ended the three-races in one-week spell in Latvia still in control of the 2020 MXGP and MX2 FIM Motocross World Championships. Jeffrey Herlings picked up his 89th career win for the Grand Prix of Kegums while Jorge Prado captured his first podium finish in the premier class. Tom Vialle walked the rostrum for the second time this week in MX2.
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Binder races to 4th at the Red Bull Ring as Martin and Arenas claim Moto2™ & Moto3™ wins

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Red Bull KTM experienced the rough with the smooth at the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich. Brad Binder scored 4th position and moved up to the same ranking in the MotoGP standings while Iker Lecuona posted his first finish with 9th place but there was disappointment for Pol Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira who both crashed while fighting in the top five. In Moto3 Albert Arenas used his KTM
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VIALLE TAKES MX2 WIN AT LATVIAN GRAND PRIX AS 2020 MXGP RESTARTS IN STYLE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing resumed their 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship campaign with victory in the long-awaited third round of the series, disputed under the fierce Latvian sun and across the sandy Kegums circuit, 50km from the city of Riga. Tom Vialle took his KTM 250 SX-F to the top step of the MX2 podium for his second win in a row and the third of his career.
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Red plates and high goals: 2020 MXGP launches again with Latvian triple

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing restart their 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship this weekend with the Grands Prix of Latvia, Riga and Kegums in the space of seven days. Rounds three, four and five will take place at the established Kegums circuit. Jeffrey Herlings and Tom Vialle go into the triple header holding the red plates as leaders of the MXGP and MX2 classes respectively.
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WEBB SECURES RUNNER-UP FINISH IN 2020 450SX CHAMPIONSHIP AS THE SEASON CONCLUDES IN SALT LAKE CITY

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Cooper Webb has finished runner-up in the 2020 AMA 450 Supercross Championship, following a valiant effort to secure a second-straight title amidst a unique set of challenges this season.

Heading into Sunday’s finale at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the seventh stop in Salt Lake City, Webb held an eight-race podium streak with three victories taking place in Utah. The 2019 450SX Champion started the day off strong, sharing pole position with championship rival Eli Tomac as both riders laid down a fast time of 49.438 in qualifying. In 450SX Heat 1, Webb got off to a top-five start and he worked his way through the pack to ultimately secure a second-place finish in the heat.

In the Main Event, Webb had a good jump off the start but he got tangled up with another rider in the first turn and went down. He was able to rally from almost last to 14th by the end of lap one and from there he put his head down and charged through the pack. After 25 laps, Webb was able to make it up to eighth-place, where he ultimately finished for the night. Webb finished out the season in second overall with a consistent string of 13 podiums in the 17-race championship, four of which he stood in the center of the box.

Cooper Webb: “It was a rough Main Event. I kind of struggled with the track a little bit and I didn’t ride my best race but I came back to eighth, so I was able to secure second in points. I obviously wanted to keep the podium streak going but it is what it is. Overall, it was a great season and we’ll get ready for outdoors.”

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team will take a brief break from racing as they switch gears for the 2020 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, which is set to begin July 18 in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

 

Results 450SX Class – Salt Lake City (Round 17)

1. Zach Osborne (USA), HQV, 25 laps

2. Jason Anderson (USA), HQV, +03.063

3. Dean Wilson (GBR), Kawasaki, +05.369

Other KTM

8. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM

10. Chad Reed (AUS), KTM

14. Benny Bloss (USA), KTM

16. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM

17. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

 

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 17 of 17 rounds

1. Tomac, 384 points

2. Webb, 359

3. Roczen, 354

Other KTM

12. Baggett, 200

13. Davalos, 178

16. Reed, 113

17. Bloss, 108

 

Results 250SX East/West Showdown – Salt Lake City

1. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda

2. Shane McElrath (USA), Yamaha 

3. Michael Mosiman (USA), Husqvarna

OTHER KTM

6. Brandon Hartranft, (USA), KTM

9. Derek Drake (USA), KTM

 

Standings 250SX East Class 2020

1. Sexton, 218 points

2. McElrath, 209

3. Shimoda, 122

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9. Brown, 92

 

Standings 250SX West Class 2020

1. Ferrandis, 200 points

2. Cooper, 180

3. Forkner, 176

4. Hartranft, 158

OTHER KTM

7. Drake, 120

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WEBB TAKES 450SX CHAMPIONSHIP DOWN TO THE FINALE WITH A HARD-FOUGHT WIN IN SALT LAKE CITY

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Cooper Webb earned a hard-fought victory at Wednesday’s penultimate round to bring the 2020 450SX Championship battle down to the season finale this Sunday for what will serve as the series’ seventh consecutive stop inside Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium. Additionally, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown finished just off the podium in fourth as the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship returned to racing. 

 

With a modified schedule rounding out the final seven rounds of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship, the reigning 450SX Champion has made a habit out of winning on Wednesdays, as he swept all three of the mid-week races, while earning respectable runner-up finishes on the Sunday bouts to keep himself in the running for a second-straight title.

 

After qualifying fifth overall earlier in the day, Webb powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top-three start in 450SX Heat 2 and he quickly jumped into the second-place position. He battled hard to ultimately secure second-place in the heat race.

 

In the Main Event, Webb had a great jump off the start as he battled through the first-turn with the front of the pack, settling into third early on. Five laps in, Webb overtook second and from there he set his sights on catching the leader, Zach Osborne. Webb soon found himself in a close race once again with championship points rival Ken Roczen and the duo continued to battle until series points leader Eli Tomac joined the fight. Webb and Tomac broke away from the rest of the field and with seven laps to go Webb made the pass to take over the lead. He held off a hard-charging Tomac for the remainder of the 29-lap race to ultimately secure his fourth Main Event victory of the season.

 

Cooper Webb: “We were all really close in speed, not a lot separating. I fixed the whoops about halfway – I think that’s what was holding me back – and I started hitting them really well. It was a tight race between us four and the whole race it seemed like a lot of pressure between us all because we weren’t making many mistakes. I’m sure it was a fun race for the fans to watch and it was a fun race to win, for sure.”

 

After a week off, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown and the 250SX Eastern Regional division lined up once again before taking on the season finale East/West Showdown on Sunday. Brown had a great day, earning a solid third-place finish in the heat race to transfer with ease into the Main Event. In the Main, he got off to a great start and put his KTM 250 SX-F into podium contention for the first half of the race before ultimately securing a fourth-place finish for the day.

 

Next Race: Round 17 (finale) in Salt Lake City, Utah – Sunday, June 21

 

Results 450SX Class – Salt Lake City (Round 16)
1. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 29 laps

2. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, +02.214

3. Zach Osborne (USA), HQV, +05.291

Other KTM

8. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

10. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM

11. Benny Bloss (USA), KTM

15. Chad Reed (AUS), KTM


Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 16 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 366 points

2. Webb, 344

3. Roczen, 338

Other KTM

12. Baggett, 193

17. Bloss, 99


Results 250SX East Class – Salt Lake City

1. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda

2. Shane McElrath (USA), Yamaha 

3. Colt Nichols (USA), Yamaha

4. Pierce Brown, (USA), KTM

OTHER KTM

11. Curren Thurman (USA), KTM

13. Kevin Moranz (USA), KTM

17. Hunter Sayles (USA), KTM

 

Standings 250SX East Class 2020 after 8 of 9 rounds

1. Sexton, 192 points

2. McElrath, 186

3. Marchbanks, 119

OTHER KTM

8. Brown, 92

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HOFER TIES-UP RED BULL KTM MX2 CONTRACT UNTIL 2022

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are pleased to announce a two-year contract extension with FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship rookie Rene Hofer. The 18-year old Austrian will steer the works KTM 250 SX-F for the 2021 and 2022 Grand Prix seasons.

Hofer was drafted into the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for 2020 after showing promise through the EMX European Championship ranks with the KTM 125 SX and the KTM 250 SX-F in the EMX125 and EMX250 divisions. Rene impressed with his maturity, work ethic and strong mentality and brought those characteristics into the beginning of the 2020 Grand Prix campaign where he captured two top five finishes in four motos before the season was halted.

So far Hofer has shown encouraging signs of continuing KTM’s powerful lineage in the MX2 class. The manufacturer has owned the category 12 times in the last 16 years; including every season since 2008, with the exception of 2015. Eight different racers have earned the #1 plate while riding the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 250 SX-F. 2019 rookie and teammate Tom Vialle is the current series leader. Hofer is the first Austrian to represent Red Bull KTM in the principal MX2/MXGP Grand Prix competitions since Robert Jonas at the turn of the century.      

Rene Hofer“I’ve been with KTM for about a decade now and every time I step into the company, I feel like I’m in the right place. It’s only my first year with the factory team but it already feels like home and it’s a pleasure to work and spend time with the guys and achieve our goals together. All I can say is that I am super-excited about what the next two years will bring and I will enjoy every minute of it. From my side, I will obviously put in maximum effort and I know everybody in the team will do the same. Working together with an Austrian brand will hopefully have a positive effect on Austrian motorsport as well. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to live my dream but I can’t forget to give-it-up to all the people who helped me get here, especially my family.”

Robert Jonas, Vice President KTM Motorsports Offroad“Rene came into the factory team pretty close under the microscope, but we were thrilled to see how he responded to winter training and preparation and then how he adjusted to the speed of MX2 right away. He made a few good wildcard appearances in 2019 so he was able to see a little bit of what was in store for 2020 and then adapted well to the demands of being a factory rider. His career keeps progressing and we’re excited to continue that journey together. Hopefully the FIM World Championship can begin again soon and both Rene and Tom can continue to learn and develop.”

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WEBB CONTINUES HIS PODIUM STREAK IN SALT LAKE CITY

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RUNNER-UP FINISH FOR THE RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM

 

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Cooper Webb continues his podium streak in Utah with a runner-up finish at Sunday’s 15th round of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship, the fifth of seven rounds taking place inside Rice-Eccles Stadium this month.

Coming off a statement win at the previous round on Wednesday, Webb came into the day with victory on his mind. He got off to a top-five start in 450SX Heat 2 and he passed his way into fourth by lap three. He raced back-and-forth with Jason Anderson through the final few laps where he ultimately secured fifth in the heat race.

In the Main Event, Webb powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the holeshot as he secured the early lead. He led a hard-charging Ken Roczen for the first five laps before getting passed, and he maintained a close second-place position for the remainder of the race. After 29 laps of hard racing, Webb claimed the runner-up position, where he now sits one-point back in third in the 450SX Championship Standings.

Cooper Webb: “The holeshot was huge tonight. Kenny was riding well and I knew he was a little faster, so when he got by me I was just going to try to pace him. I made a charge at the end but we were so close in times it’s hard to make those chunks up. The track was definitely tough – it had a lot of flat turns, which was a little different than what we’re used to. We’ll come back in a few days and try to get the top step.”

Next Race: Round 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday, June 17

 

Results 450SX Class – Salt Lake City (Round 15)

1. Ken Roczen (GER), HON, 29 laps

2. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +3.140

3. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, +14.704

Other KTM

7. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM

11. Chad Reed (AUS), KTM

13. Benny Bloss (USA), KTM

19. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM


Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 15 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 343 points

2. Roczen, 319

3. Webb, 318

Other KTM

12. Baggett, 180

17. Bloss, 87


Results 250SX West Class – Salt Lake City (Round 8)

1. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki

2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha

3. Jett Lawrence (USA), Honda

OTHER KTM

8. Brandon Hartranft (USA), KTM

9. Derek Drake (USA), KTM

 

Standings 250SX West Class 2020 after 8 of 10 rounds

1. Ferrandis, 181 points

2. Forkner, 174

3. Cooper, 164

OTHER KTM

4. Hartranft, 141

8. Drake, 106

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WEBB DOMINATES IN SALT LAKE CITY FOR ROUND 14 OF AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Cooper Webb led all 26 laps of Wednesday’s 450SX Main Event en route to capturing his third victory of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship – his second of the first four races held inside Rice-Eccles Stadium this month. Webb’s nearly flawless performance vaulted the reigning Champion into second overall in the 450SX standings as he continues to fight for a second-straight title with three rounds remaining in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Despite a tough start to the season, Webb has been extremely consistent in the final stint with 2-1-2-1 Main Event finishes through the last four rounds. With that momentum, Webb came into Round 14 with plenty of steam as he topped the first 450SX qualifying session, ultimately claiming fourth overall in the combined times. In 450SX Heat 1, he powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the lead on the opening lap and from there he never looked back, leading all nine laps of the heat race.

In the Main Event, Webb once again shot off the line to narrowly miss the holeshot but he quickly put himself into the lead on lap one. He held off a hard-charging Ken Roczen early on and the two riders diced back-and-forth for a lap until Webb fell into his groove and checked out for the remainder of the race.

Cooper Webb: “It was a great race, I almost got the holeshot and led every lap, which is the first time I’ve been able to do that this year. Kenny was riding really well at the beginning. I made a few mistakes and we battled there for a second but I regained focus and I was able to ride my laps and ended up getting a decent lead, which is nice. I feel like the first three [rounds] we’ve been battling down to the last lap so it was cool to be able to enjoy that one a little bit more, not so stressful.”

The 250SX Western Regional division returned to racing on Wednesday with Round 7 of the 10-race championship. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammates Brandon Hartranft and Derek Drake each captured top-10 finishes in the Main Event finishing seventh and 10th place, respectively. 

 

Next Race: Round 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah – Sunday, June 10

 

Results 450SX Class – Salt Lake City (Round 14)
1. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 26 laps

2. Zach Osborne (USA), Husqvarna, +5.091

3. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, +3.592

Other KTM

4. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM

6. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

10. Benny Bloss (USA), KTM

11. Chad Reed (AUS), KTM


Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 14 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 322 points

2. Webb, 295

3. Roczen, 293

Other KTM

12. Baggett, 164

17. Bloss, 77


Results 250SX West Class – Salt Lake City (Round 7)

1. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki

2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha

3. Cameron Mcadoo (USA), Kawasaki

OTHER KTM

7. Brandon Hartranft (USA), KTM

9. Derek Drake (USA), KTM

 

Standings 250SX West Class 2020 after 7 of 10 rounds

1. Ferrandis, 158 points

2. Forkner, 148

3. Cooper, 147

OTHER KTM

4. Hartranft, 126

8. Drake, 92

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PRADO UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL COLLARBONE SURGERY AFTER TRAINING CRASH

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The 19 year old MXGP class rookie for 2020 suffered a clean break in the wake of his tumble at a circuit in Olmen, Belgium. He was transported to hospital in Herentals for examination and x-rays and entered corrective surgery the same day, performed by Dr Tom Claes, who inserted a plate to help re-join and support the bone. A scan late Tuesday evening showed the operation had been a success and Prado is expected to be back at his residence today [Wednesday]. Early indications point to a four-week rehabilitation phase if the injury heals well and the Spaniard can ride his KTM 450 SX-F once more.

Prado defied a short winter of preparation to make his MXGP debut at Matterley Basin and the British Grand Prix at end of February for the first round of the 2020 series. He has been training and working at his base in Belgium in readiness for the resumption of the FIM World Championship that is provisionally scheduled to begin again with the Grand Prix of Russia on August 2nd.

Jorge Prado“It’s disappointing to be dealing with another injury but I’m really happy with how the operation went and how the collarbone is looking. I was riding through a fast corner and there was a rider ahead of me; I just misjudged the line. I lost the front end and went over the handlebars. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d broken anything but after about thirty minutes it was clear that something was wrong. Anyway, we are on the recovery path again and I hope to be able to do some training again after about a week and we’ll wait another three to be back on the bike. Luckily we have some time before the races start again.”

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RUNNER-UP FINISH FOR WEBB AND THE RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM AT ROUND 13 OF SX CHAMPIONSHIP

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb battled down to the very last moment in Sunday’s 450SX Main Event to claim a hard-fought second place finish at Round 13 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the 250SX East division, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown continued his quest for a podium finish as he secured a career-best finish of fourth amidst less-than-favorable conditions.

In the series’ third-consecutive appearance inside Rice-Eccles Stadium, Sunday’s track conditions were anything but typical as heavy rainfall mixed things up all day long. Qualifying was shortened to only one session and riders were faced with everything from standing water, to sticky mud, deep ruts and even some dry spots on the racetrack. Webb secured the fourth-fastest time in qualifying, where he came into 450SX Heat 1 READY TO RACE as he powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the holeshot and early lead. He made a mistake on lap two that dropped him into second but he rallied back to overtake the lead with two laps to go and he was able to secure the heat race victory and a top gate choice for the Main Event.

A good start proved to be vital as the rain returned before the start of the 450SX Main Event. As the gate dropped, Webb powered his way to the front where he sat in second early on before taking over the lead by lap two. With a clear track ahead, Webb made an early charge out front before going to battle with Eli Tomac on lap nine. Tomac took over the lead but Webb didn’t give up as he fought to reclaim the position on lap 16. As the clock ran low, Webb and Tomac engaged in an intense head-to-head battle through all kinds of lapped traffic and after 24 laps of hard racing, Webb finished 1.281 seconds back for second-place.

Cooper Webb: “It sucks I got second but man, it was a battle from lap one until the last lap. The conditions were tricky and the lappers were gnarly – a lot of it came down to that. It seemed like one lap I might get it right and one lap he might get it right but we were really pushing hard. It was a fun race even though I got beat. We’ll try to get the top spot on Wednesday.”

The 250SX East class wrapped up its seventh round of racing on Sunday and Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown put forth another stellar ride in his home state of Utah. Following an impressive third-place finish in the heat race, Brown powered his KTM 250 SX-F into a top-five start in the Main Event. He quickly made his way into fourth and from there he rode a solid race to finish just off the podium in fourth. 

Pierce Brown: “All-in-all it was a solid day and I couldn’t be happier. I ended up third in my heat race and fourth in the Main Event. This is my fifth Supercross race ever so to have my best finish yet, I’m stoked!”

The 250SX East class will now take a 10-day break from racing as the Western division competes at the next two rounds. Brown and the Eastern division will return on June 17 for a final bout before heading into the East/West showdown at the season finale on June 21.

 

Next Race: Round 14 in Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday, June 10

 

Results 450SX Class – Salt Lake City (Round 13)
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 24 laps

2. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +01.281

3. Jason Anderson (USA), Husqvarna, +43.995

Other KTM

8. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

12. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM

13. Benny Bloss (USA), KTM

14. Chad Reed (AUS), KTM


Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 13 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 301 points

2. Roczen, 275

3. Webb, 269

Other KTM

12. Baggett, 145

18. Bloss, 64


Results 250SX East Class – Salt Lake City (Round 13)

1. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda

2. Shane McElrath (USA), Yamaha 

3. Colt Nichols (USA), Yamaha

4. Pierce Brown, (USA), KTM

OTHER KTM

12. Hunter Sayles (USA), KTM

17. Kevin Moranz (USA), KTM

 

Standings 250SX East Class 2020 after 7 of 10 rounds

1. Sexton, 166 points

2. McElrath, 163

3. Marchbanks, 119

OTHER KTM

9. Brown, 73

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RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING’S COOPER WEBB BACK ON TOP AT SALT LAKE CITY SX

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The 2020 AMA Supercross Championship returned to racing on Wednesday night with Round 12 of the 17-race championship inside Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb topped the 450SX Main Event with an impressive performance in the high altitude.

Webb qualified sixth overall in the combined sessions but he quickly changed the momentum as soon as racing commenced as he powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION off the line in 450SX Heat 1 to capture the holeshot and early lead. He went on to lead the first seven laps before getting passed with two to go, ultimately securing a solid second-place transfer into the Main Event.

In the Main, Webb captured a second-place start and he patiently chipped away at the leader for the first 20 laps of the race. He made his move into the lead on lap 21 and from there he focused on minimizing the mistakes to maintain his lead through the checkered flag. Webb’s Round 12 victory marked the reigning champion’s second win of the 2020 season. 

Webb: “It was a great night overall but it was a tough race – the track conditions were definitely tricky and you had to be patient out there. The whoops were tough, I just committed to my lines from the beginning and it played out pretty well. It was a great night to get a win, these are not easily regained, especially with the top guys up here tonight so I want to soak it in but we’ve got five more rounds to go.” 

Coming off his best finish of the season at the last round, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown got caught up with a downed rider early in the Main Event and was forced to come through the pack. He battled all the way up from 18th to ultimately capture a top-10 finish.

 

Next Race: Round 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah – Sunday, June 7

 

Results 450SX Class – Salt Lake City (Round 12)
1. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 27 laps

2. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, +1.908

3. Zach Osborne (USA), Husqvarna, +13.512

Other KTM

11. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

13. Benny Bloss (USA), KTM

14. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM

17. Chad Reed (AUS), KTM


Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 12 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 275 points

2. Roczen, 262

3. Webb, 246

Other KTM

12. Baggett, 134

19. Bloss, 54


Results 250SX East Class – Salt Lake City (Round 12)

1. Shane McElrath (USA), Yamaha 

2. Colt Nichols (USA), Yamaha

3. Jeremy Martin (USA), Honda

OTHER KTM

10. Pierce Brown, (USA), KTM

16. Curren Thurman (USA), KTM

19. Dustin Winter (USA), KTM

 

Standings 250SX East Class 2020 after 6 of 10 rounds

1. McElrath, 140 points

2. Sexton, 140

3. Marchbanks, 118

OTHER KTM

10. Brown, 54

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RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM MAKES A POSITIVE RETURN TO AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

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COOPER WEBB CLAIMS RUNNER-UP FINISH IN SALT LAKE CITY

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Cooper Webb and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team made the highly-anticipated return to AMA Supercross racing on Sunday where the Reigning 450SX Champion secured a second-place podium finish in the first of seven “made-for-tv” races that are set to take place inside Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium over the next four weeks.

Webb, who currently sits third overall in the championship standings, remains within striking distance of a second consecutive title in what has proven to be a unique and historic situation for the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship. Racing without the roar of fans inside the stadium, riders underwent a much different race day experience on Sunday with everything from the modified race times to drier-than-usual track conditions. Webb seemed to adjust quickly as he qualified fourth overall aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION before lining up in 450SX Heat 1. He got off to a second-place start in the heat race and he put in a solid ride to capture a second-place transfer into the Main Event. 

In the Main, Webb got off to a sixth-place start and he quickly fought his way up to third early on. He bounced back-and-forth between second and third through the first half of the race before settling into second. He pushed hard to make a charge on the leader in the final laps but a mistake at the end of the race cost him some time and he ultimately finished 3.7 seconds behind the leader for second-place. 

Webb: “It’s good to be back racing. It’s awesome just to be able to do what we love. I was battling up there in the beginning – we were all sandwiched – and I was able to actually get around Eli [Tomac] but then he went around us and really laid some good laps. During the middle of the race, I kind of lost speed a little bit and at the end I was really trying hard. I missed a rhythm at the end though, and that really cost me in maybe catching him.”

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown, a Utah native, secured his best finish of the season with fifth-place in the 250SX East Main Event.

 

Next Race: Round 12 in Salt Lake City, Utah – June 3, 2020

 

Results 450SX Class – Salt Lake City
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 29 laps

2. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +3.771

3. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, +9.770

Other KTM

6. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

7. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM

13. Benny Bloss (USA), KTM

19. Chad Reed (AUS), KTM


Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 11 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 252 points

2. Roczen, 244

3. Webb, 220

Other KTM

12. Baggett, 125

19. Bloss, 44


Results 250SX East Class – Salt Lake City

1. Shane McElrath (USA), Yamaha 

2. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda

3. Garrett Marchbanks (USA), Kawasaki

Other KTM

5. Pierce Brown, (USA), KTM

17. Kevin Moranz (USA), KTM

18. Dustin Winter (USA), KTM

 

Standings 250SX East Class 2020 after 5 of 10 rounds
1. Sexton, 121 points

2. McElrath, 114

3. Marchbanks, 100

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KTM BACK ON TRACK AT RED BULL RING IN PRIVATE MOTOGP TEST

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MotoGP 2020 Private Test (AUT)

KTM relocated to the confines of the Red Bull Ring and in full adherence to Health and Safety guidelines in the wake of COVID-19 remissions on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The wheels of the KTM RC16 were spun for the first time since the IRTA test at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar at the end of February. Over twenty team members – most of which travelled inside the country but also from neighbouring territories – joined current racer Espargaro and test rider Pedrosa for further set-up work with a view towards a potential first event of the season in the coming months. All had tested negative for COVID-19 before resuming MotoGP activities after a three month pause.

Espargaro’s teammate, Brad Binder, could not take part in the test due to the travel restrictions affecting his current location in South Africa.

KTM are expecting to run another private testing session in the near future and then continue to prepare resources and material for all four MotoGP riders in anticipation of the first round of Grand Prix this summer.

Pol Espargaro“I don’t think I have ever been so long without a bike – especially one for competition – so it was a little bit difficult in the first few runs yesterday but I was quickly up to the kind of rhythm I was setting in Qatar. It was great to get back in action and I think we all felt that: there were a lot of smiling faces in the box. Technically we made some improvements. The first priority was to get our feeling back with the bike but we also brought quite a lot to test and this was interesting. The good weather meant we could play with a lot on the bike and we improved mostly with the chassis but also some electronics. I’m really happy. Now just to look forward to the first race.”

Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Race Manager“I’m really happy we could organise these two days here in Spielberg and get the MotoGP team back on track. It was a big effort to get it done but we tested everybody, made it happen and I think it was key for the mentality of the company, the team, everyone in the racing department and especially the riders. In general, we have been lucky with the weather. It was good for Pol to get back to race speed: after such a long time off the bike riders really need laps. For Dani also it was important to restart the test programme. Thanks go to the team for making this happen and to Spielberg for letting us test here. We now hope to have more news on the calendar in the middle of June and we are really looking forward to go racing again.”

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director“Seeing the bikes on the racetrack - where they belong - was great for all of us. It was a pleasure to see the happy faces of the riders and the crew but then it was back to work and back to normal. We tried to make the most of the time at the Red Bull Ring. With Pol we were able to check his 2020 bike on a new track and with Dani we ran a very extensive test program. But the most important thing was also the significance: we are making great strides. There is definitely an interesting Grand Prix calendar ahead of us and it is time to prepare our team for it. In the past weeks and months we had been very radical with our response to the virus situation through the closure of our motorsport department, but I promised the team that we would be the first to go out again. We were finally able to keep that promise here at the Red Bull Ring.”

A full gallery from the test session can be found HERE

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Herlings and Vialle celebrate victory at wet Dutch Grand Prix

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Copious rainfall created a rough and treacherous Eurocircuit in Valkenswaard south of Eindhoven for the second round of 2020 MXGP. The sand was demanding and technical and a thorough test for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing quintet.

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Jeffrey Herlings got back to winning ways on home territory after missing the Dutch GP in 2019. With moto tallies of 2-1 he shared the same points total as Tim Gajser but ruled the final event standings courtesy of his second race result. The 25-year old Dutchman maintains his grip on the red plate as MXGP series leader after his second victory of the season.

Tony Cairoli, still competing with a tweaked right knee, rode two solid motos in the draining conditions to record a 7-5 scorecard and only just missed out on a successive rostrum appearance. The nine-times world champion was 4th overall and five places in front of Jorge Prado in 9th. The Spaniard guided his factory KTM 450 SX-F to a decent 4th in the first moto and was lucky to escape a high-speed crash and pile-up at the start of the second outing. Prado picked up and raced back to 13th for what was only his second MXGP fixture.

Jeffrey Herlings: “This was one of the most difficult Valkenswaard wins. Tim did a great job but it was important for us to think about the overall than the 1-1 and to not lose points. This was a good GP for us. Going to Argentina I hope we can find some good weather! It has been two in a row now with rain! We’ll try to make the best of the situation there and go again for a podium spot.”

Tony Cairoli: “Valkenswaard is a race where we struggle a bit but with some experience we could come away with 4th overall, which is good and in spite of the conditions and my knee. I wasn’t comfortable and it wasn’t the best for a track where you need to attack. In the end we have to be happy even if this is not the result that we normally want. We know in the first races we have to stay in the top five. Let’s hope in Argentina the race will be a bit more flowing with some more places to pass. Today was a very difficult track.”

Jorge Prado: “I’m happy with the way things are going in these first rounds considering I had so little bike time and my leg was not feeling great. It has been getting better and I showed really good speed here. I had the holeshot in the first moto and was riding my own rhythm. To finish fourth was great and not anticipated. In the second moto I lost the front in the first corner. It was a big crash and luckily nobody hit me. I got up and tried to push hard to gain some positions. The track was really physical in the second moto and I was struggling a little bit. I was 9th overall, better than last week, and now we are 8th in the championship. It’s all positive.”

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Tom Vialle triumphed for his second career Grand Prix victory and made sure of his spoils in Holland with a commanding second moto win. The Frenchman used the power of the works KTM 250 SX-F to gain both holeshots on Sunday. He was passed for the lead by local favourite Jago Geerts in the first race but escaped to take the chequered flag in the second. Vialle’s results mean he leads the MX2 FIM World Championship for the first time and at the start of just his second season in Grand Prix. Rene Hofer showed his fast adaptation to the rigours of MX2 by classifying 4th in the first race at Valkenswaard. An early crash in the next sprint required a pitstop and led to several small errors that forced the Austrian out of the points. Hofer was 9th for the day.

Tom Vialle: “A really good weekend for me and I’m really happy with the result. I took two holeshots and led almost the whole moto but then I had a small problem with my goggles and I didn’t want to take too many risks. I was really motivated for the second moto and went full gas in the first laps to make a gap. I was quite far ahead by the end. I’m happy to have the red plate. We still have a long way to go, and now I’m looking forward to Argentina.”

Rene Hofer: “All in all a good weekend. It was positive to get the 4th starting position on Saturday and then the first race was amazing. I was second behind Tom and then made a little mistake and dropped back but still managed a 4th place which was really good for my first sand race in MX2 and on such a rough track. I had a massive start crash in the second race and had to sort out my forks in the pitlane it took some time to do that and then I crashed again and damaged the bike a bit more. I struggled but will take the good parts from that first moto. We go to Argentina now. It will be my first time and I hear it is a long way but a really nice track.”

Round three of MXGP takes place at the popular circuit of Neuquen for the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina on March 22nd.

Results MXGP Netherlands 2020

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (2-1)

2. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (1-2)

3. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU), Husqvarna (3-3)

4. Tony Cairoli (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (7-5)

5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL), Honda (8-6)

Other KTM

9. Jorge Prado (ESP), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (4-13)

Standings MXGP 2020 after 02 of 20 rounds

1. Jeffrey Herlings 94

2. Tim Gajser 85

3. Tony Cairoli 68

4. Clement Desalle 60

5. Gautier Paulin 58

Other KTM

8. Jorge Prado 47

Results MX2 Netherlands 2020

1. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (2-1)

2. Maxime Renaux (FRA) Yamaha (3-3)

3. Jago Geerts (BEL), Yamaha (1-7)

4. Jed Beaton (AUS), Husqvarna (6-2)

5. Ben Watson (GBR), Yamaha (5-4)

9. Rene Hofer (AUT), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (4-26)

Standings MX2 2020 after 02 of 20 rounds

1. Tom Vialle 87

2. Jago Geerts 82

3. Jed Beaton 74

4. Maxime Renaux 61

5. Rene Hofer 53

1st Round, Qatar, Moto3 2020 - Losail International Circuit (QAT)

Fernandez lines-up 2nd on Moto3 grid for first 2020 race

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A typically busy set of Qualifying Practice sessions around the quick curves of the Losail International Circuit ended with Fernandez – provisional pole position holder after topping the classification on Friday – being denied 1st place on the grid by a mere eight-thousandths of a second. The nineteen-year old from Madrid managed to classify ahead of fellow KTM riders Aspar Team Gaviota’s Albert Arenas and CIP Green Power Darryn Binder. SKY Racing Team VR46’s Andrea Migno (7th) and Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Deniz Oncu – the Turk making his debut as a full-time member of the Moto3 field and for the French team’s new Moto3 effort – was 8th fastest.

The first Moto3 Grand Prix this season will commence at 14.20 tomorrow (CET) and run for 18 laps. If any of the KTM fleet take the checkered flag then this achievement will mark the firm’s 100th Grand Prix win on tarmac. In Moto2 today Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jorge Martin was less than four tenths of a second from Pole Position and will fill the 8th slot on the grid.

Raul Fernandez: “For me and for the team this is very important. I am happy with the work we did because this morning I can do the [lap] time with the hard tire. For tomorrow, for the race especially, we will use the hard because my feeling is better. Now we’ll look forward to tomorrow; maybe this bike is the best that I have tried in Moto3.” 

Races: March 8th, 2020 – Moto3 14.20 | Moto2 16.00 CET 

Results Qualifying Moto3 Losail International Circuit 2019

1. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Honda 2:04.815

2. Raul Fernandez (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.008

3. Albert Arenas (ESP) KTM +0.110

4. Darryn Binder (RSA) KTM +0.211

Results Qualifying Moto2 Losail International Circuit 2019

1. Joe Roberts (USA) 1:58.136

2. Luca Marini (ITA) 1:58.136 

3. Enea Bastianini (ITA) +0.107

8. Jorge Martin (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.396

14. Tetsuta Nagashima (JPN) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.602

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WEBB INCHES HIS WAY BACK TO TITLE CONTENTION WITH PODIUM FINISH IN DAYTONA

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a solid night for Cooper Webb and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team as they raced their way to a podium finish at Saturday’s Daytona Supercross for Round 10 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship. With his second-straight podium finish, Webb has moved into third overall in the 450SX Championship with nine rounds remaining in the season.

It’s been a tough start for the reigning 450SX Champion, who battled sickness early in his title defense and just as he began to hit his stride halfway through the season he suffered a hard crash in Texas that left him bruised and a little broken the last two rounds. He was able to bounce back in Daytona, though, kicking off the day with a third-place qualifying position inside the world-renown Daytona International Speedway.

Lining up in 450SX Heat 2, Webb got off to a second-place jump and he quickly powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to the lead on the opening lap. With two riders pressuring him from behind, Webb held strong to capture his first heat race victory of the season as he carried a favorable gate pick into the Main Event. In the main, he grabbed a top-five start and raced his way into third by lap three. Determined to reach the lead battle, Webb diligently climbed into second, setting his sights on the leader ahead. He made a couple of mistakes and lost the second-place spot with six laps to go, but he maintained a solid pace in the final laps to secure his seventh podium finish of the season with third.

Webb: “I felt like I put myself in a good position – I was in second and a little way back and Eli [Tomac] was able to get me. I started making a lot of mistakes and let him get away. It’s good to be on the podium, so I’m stoked on that but I’m going to work this week. I think I’m at a point where I’ve finally healed up good enough to try to contend, so I’ll take the podium but I really want to get another win.”

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown finished sixth in the 250SX Eastern Regional division following a solid performance in Daytona. 

Next Race: Indianapolis, Indiana – March 14, 2020

Results 450SX Class – Daytona

1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 18 laps

2. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, +0.707

3. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +9.882

Other KTM

12. Benny Bloss (USA), KTM

14. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

16. Ryan Sipes (USA), KTM

17. Henry Miller (USA), KTM

20. Daniel Herrlein (USA), KTM

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 10 of 17 rounds

1. Tomac, 226 points

2. Roczen, 223

3. Webb, 197

Other KTM

12. Baggett, 109

19. Bloss, 34

Results 250SX East Class – Daytona

1. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda

2. Jeremy Martin (USA), Honda

3. RJ Hampshire (USA), Husqvarna

Other KTM

6. Pierce Brown, (USA), KTM

16. Curren Thurman (USA), KTM

19. Dustin Winter (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX East Class 2020 after 4 of 10 rounds

1. Sexton, 98 points

2. McElrath, 88

3. Hampshire, 80

1st Round, Qatar, Moto3 2020 - Losail International Circuit (QAT)

Arenas Moto3 success gives KTM’s 100th Grand Prix victory on the asphalt

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The eighteen-lap Moto3™ race opened the 2020 FIM World Championship season and produced an unpredictable spectacle. Almost fifteen riders disputed podium positions in the late afternoon sun at the Losail International Circuit.

Arenas was one of the main protagonists in the pack that also saw Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Raul Fernandez again showing his speed and Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Deniz Oncu gaining experience running with the leading group. Arenas seized control of the race on the final lap and pushed hard to make a small break with John McPhee in tow. The Spaniard kept the Briton at his rear wheel and gained good drive out of the final right-handed turn to gun his RC4 to the finish line.

The triumph marked KTM’s milestone, sixteen years after Casey Stoner opened the company’s account in Malaysia in 2004. The feat meant Arenas’ fourth winners garland of his career. Fernandez came home in 10th and Oncu was a creditable 12th.

In the Moto2™ class Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Tetsuta Nagashima took victory in what was his first visit to a Grand Prix podium. The KTM GP Academy set-up excelled as the 27-year old Japanese became another rider to reach a professional landmark under the tutelage of Team Principal Aki Ajo. Jorge Martin was circulating with the leaders but was involved in a collision and lost a lot of ground. He eventually classified 20th and 20 seconds from his teammate.

MotoGP™ should move on to the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas on April 5th at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Albert Arenas: “I have no words. It was an incredible race, the best of my life and my career. I enjoyed every lap and had to manage the race from the beginning and gave everything I had.”

Tetsuta Nagashima: “I cannot believe it, my first time on the podium! Thanks to family and team for helping me to be at this level. I’m really happy.”

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director: “This Moto3™ victory means a lot to us because the Losail Circuit was always a difficult place for our RC4. We left no stone unturned in recent months to move our Moto3™ motorcycle one step forward and we seem to have succeeded in doing this with a completely revised chassis and many, many new small engine parts. That's why we're really happy. I would like to thank my team for the great work, on the basis of which we were now able to achieve 100 GP wins on the asphalt and, of course, to Albert for what he produced out there today and all the Aspar Team Gaviota guys. We have to keep going to be a strong opponent for the competition in the Moto3 World Championship as it is an important category for us and with some special history. Congratulations also to Tetsuta, Aki and all the guys for the success in Moto2™. It was a great first Grand Prix for us.”

Results Race Moto3™ Losail International Circuit 2020

1. Albert Arenas (ESP) KTM 38:08.941

2. John McPhee (GBR) Honda +0.053

3. Ai Ogura (JPN) Honda +0.344

10. Raul Fernandez (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.834

12. Deniz Oncu (TUR) Red Bull KTM Tech3 +1.485

Results Race Moto2™ Losail International Circuit 2020

1. Tetsuta Nagashima (JPN) 40:00.192

2. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) +1.347

3. Enea Bastianini (ITA) +1.428

20. Jorge Martin (ESP) +20.662

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Qatar drives forward 2020 Grand Prix action: who can take #100?

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Concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent travel restrictions led to cancellation of the MotoGP™ class race at the QNB Grand Prix of Qatar as well as postponement of the second round at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand for the whole championship. Losail will still open the 2020 contest as the Moto2™ and Moto3™ teams are already stationed at the floodlight facility just outside of Doha in the wake of recent tests from February 28-March 01. 

At least 15 new KTM RC4 motorcycles will dispute wins, podiums and points in the Moto3™ division this year. Red Bull KTM Ajo (Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba) and Red Bull KTM Tech3 (fielding riders in Moto3™ for the first time and enlisting Deniz Oncu – the youngest on track - and Ayumu Sasaki for the task) will join other riders include Andrea Migno and Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46), Max Kofler and Darryn Binder (CIP Green Power), Jason Dupasquier and Dirk Geiger (CarXpert PruestlGP), Albert Arenas and Stefano Nepa (Angel Nieto Team) Davide Pizzoli and Riccardo Rossi (BOE Skull Rider Facile Energy) and last year’s Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup winner Carlos Tatay (Reale Avintia Racing).

The Losail International Circuit habitually opens the Grand Prix campaign and will stage the FIM World Championship for the 17th time. KTM will be hunting their first Moto3™ win at the track since Jack Miller triumphed in 2014. The race starts at 14:20 CET on Sunday and if any of the competitors listed above reach the checkered flag first then they will achieve the distinction of gifting the manufacturer their 100th Grand Prix win on the tarmac.

KTM ceased official participation in the Moto2™ category as a chassis manufacturer at the end of 2019 but still retain an important connection to the competition thanks to the Red Bull KTM Ajo crew and KTM-contracted riders Jorge Martin and Tetsuta Nagashima. Directed by long-term KTM collaborator Aki Ajo, the squad fills a key stage in the KTM GP Academy program as the last rung on the ladder to MotoGP™ contention. The scheme identifies, assists and supports the best young racing talent that stands out from the Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup and the new Northern Talent Cup initiative and filters through each level up to the premier class. Former Rookies racer, Red Bull KTM Moto3™ World Champion and Moto2™ championship runner-up Brad Binder is the first athlete to scale the KTM GP Academy pyramid.

The 2020 MotoGP™ calendar has been adjusted with the movement of the Grand Prix of Aragon and the rescheduling of the Thai Grand Prix.

Updated 2020 MotoGP™ calendar

  • 08. March: Losail International Circuit/QAT (MotoGP class cancelled)
  • 05. April: Circuit of the Americas/USA
  • 19. April: Termas de Rio Hondo/ARG
  • 03. May: Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto/ESP
  • 17. May: Le Mans/FRA
  • 31. May: Autodromo del Mugello/ITA
  • 07. June: Barcelona-Catalunya/ESP
  • 21. June: Sachsenring/GER
  • 28. June: TT Circuit Assen/NED
  • 12. July: KymiRing/FIN
  • 09. August: Automotodrom Brno/CZE
  • 16. August: Red Bull Ring-Spielberg/AUT
  • 30. August: Silverstone/GBR
  • 13. September: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli/ITA
  • 27. October: Motorland Aragón/ESP
  • 04. October: Chang International Circuit/THA
  • 18. October: Twin Ring Motegi/JPN
  • 25. October: Phillip Island/AUS
  • 01. November: Sepang International Circuit/MYS
  • 15. November: Circuit de Ricardo Tormo/ESP

 

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director: “It’s a shame that our MotoGP™ boys still have to wait some weeks before they can begin their season, but we’re excited to start racing in Qatar this weekend. We have some brilliant names and talent on the Moto3™ grid this season and it will be interesting to see how they progress and what results they can reach. Moto3™ action will again be intense and we hope to be right in the middle of it.”

 

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Herlings wins 2020 MXGP opener in Great Britain

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The large and popular Matterley Basin circuit was hit by a variety of weather conditions, from incessant rain on Friday, to showers, strong winds and cold on Saturday to sunshine and bright conditions on Sunday. The track was rough, rutty and a decent technical challenge for the riders and a fine stage to open the 2020 season. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing lined-up with Tony Cairoli, Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado (with a combined total of fifteen titles) in MXGP and Tom Vialle as well as Rene Hofer in MX2.

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All three MXGP riders made a fast start in the sunny first moto at Matterley Basin and it was Herlings who hit the front early and controlled the race until the chequered flag. Cairoli was a steady 4th in front of Clement Desalle while Prado rode to a solid debut MXGP inside the top ten to 9th. 

Herlings could do little about the escaping Tim Gajser in the second moto once he passed Cairoli for 2nd place. The Dutchman kept a consistent pace to ensure a 1-2 for the day and confirm his overall triumph; the 87th of his career. Cairoli’s 3rd place was good enough for the same step of the rostrum – equalling Stefan Everts’ all-time record – and a satisfactory result considering it was his first Grand Prix since last summer and with the nagging doubt of a stretched right knee ligament. Jorge Prado claimed 12th for 10th place overall and 21 valuable points after precious little time riding his motorcycle and just three months after breaking his left femur. 

Jeffrey Herlings: “The first race out of twenty and I was consistent: two good starts, led the whole first moto, got into third pretty quick behind Tony and took second. The track was sketchy and the sun was really low. It is still that time of the year where it gets dark quite early, so it was hard with the shadows. I didn’t want to take any risks and I was happy with second. It was a good weekend and I think we improved the bike over the winter because this was the first real test, let’s say. I am looking forward to Valkenswaard now and my home GP.”

Tony Cairoli: “It is nice to be back on the podium after so many months without racing. My shoulder has improved a lot in recent weeks but last week in Belgium I twisted my right knee and heard a crack. I thought ‘the season is finished already’. I went to the doctor and he confirmed a second-degree PCL tear. I taped the knee very hard yesterday and today and all the ruts out there were not helping. I just need to work as much as possible on the muscle to make it as stable as possible. So to be on the podium at this track and these conditions is amazing and I’m motivated again to work really hard and try to build it up. We will see what we can do next.”

Jorge Prado: “I’m a world champion so finishing 10th is not something I am used to; the last two years have been really good. But if I look at it the other way and after just two weeks of riding then I have to feel very happy about today. I didn’t have any pain and I have been working hard: this was the best I could do. I would say that last 6-7 minutes and two laps of the second moto were quite hard. The track was super-rough and I was pretty tired. I did not want to crash, and the sun was very low. First race of the season, first race with the 450 and the last time I raced was in Assen: what a weekend.”

MX2

Vialle established a big margin as leader of the opening MX2 sprint but then cased the uphill triple with almost two laps remaining and stalled the bike, losing positions. The Frenchman frantically tried to react but ended up with 6th; two places in front of teammate Rene Hofer who was part of an entertaining battle for the top five for most of the moto until the rookie slowed his pace in the closing stages and a late mistake was costly. The Austrian was 8th.

Both Vialle and Hofer made up for their mistakes in the second race: Hofer earned the holeshot and led for ten of the thirteen laps until Vialle, hunting him just behind, moved ahead and earned his very first moto victory in just his second season. Hofer’s runner-up slot placed him 5th overall as Vialle classified 2nd behind Jago Geerts.

Tom Vialle: “I was feeling really comfortable with the bike in the first race but I made a mistake on a big jump and came too short. It was difficult to restart and I then finished sixth. The second race was better! It was tricky to pass Rene and also it started to rain a bit and I had a problem with the goggles. So I waited and then pushed hard. I won my first race and finished 2nd in the first GP of the year so I’m really happy with that.” 

Rene Hofer: “Just amazing. My goal was to take two good starts and to try and ride like I do in practice. In the first moto I was 5th at the start and made my way up to 3rd and had nearly half the race there but could not make the pass on [Mathys] Boisrame and dropped back with some arm-pump. I was 6th on the last lap – and was OK with that – but made a small mistake, tipped over and lost two positions. In the second race I made the holeshot and passed Jago on the second lap. I really enjoyed the track. It is one of my favourites of the year. I almost led until the end. Anyway, it is the first GP of the year it feels incredible. I’m really happy.”

KTM 125 SX rider Liam Everts dominated the first event of the EMX125 European Championship with an undisputed 1-1 set of results. One of the motos was held in muddy and treacherous conditions on Saturday afternoon. The teenage Belgian is an early holder of the red plate in the eight-round competition.

Round two of MXGP takes place next weekend at the Eurocircuit near Eindhoven for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands.

Results MXGP Great Britain 2020

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (1-2)

2. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (8-1)

3. Tony Cairoli (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (4-3)

4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Yamaha (2-8) 

5. Mitch Evans (AUS), Honda (3-7)

Other KTM

10. Jorge Prado (ESP), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (9-12)

Standings MXGP 2020 after 01 of 20 rounds

1. Jeffrey Herlings 47

2. Tim Gajser 38

3. Tony Cairoli 38

4. Jeremy Seewer 35

5. Mitch Evans 34

Other KTM

10. Jorge Prado 21

Results MX2 Great Britain 2020

1. Jago Geerts (BEL), Yamaha (1-4)

2. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (6-1)

3. Mikkel Haarup (DEN) Kawasaki (3-3)

4. Jed Beaton (AUS), Husqvarna (2-6)

5. Rene Hofer (AUT), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (8-2)

Standings MX2 2020 after 01 of 20 rounds

1. Jago Geerts 43

2. Tom Vialle 40

3. Mikkel Haarup 40

4. Jed Beaton 37

5. Rene Hofer 35

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VALIANT PERFORMANCE BY COOPER WEBB TO SECURE A PODIUM FINISH IN ATLANTA

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ATLANTA – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb proved to the world what it means to be a champion after a valiant performance in Saturday’s Atlanta Supercross Main Event. Still recovering from last weekend’s brutal crash in Texas, Webb fought relentlessly through the pack to secure a podium finish at Round 9 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

The reigning 450SX Champion came into Atlanta perhaps even more determined than usual as he fought hard to bounce back and remain in championship contention. He qualified seventh overall for the day after being forced to cut his second practice session short due to the pain in his body. In 450SX Heat 2, Webb got off to a fourth-place start aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and he quickly engaged into race mode, setting his sights on a top-three position early on. With two laps to go, he made the pass for third and he charged his way to a close third-place finish.

In the Main Event, Webb didn’t get off to the best start as he rounded the opening lap in 10th. He then made a mistake and stalled the bike early on, dropping as far back as 13th before putting his head down and charging up to eighth. With about five laps to go, Webb found himself inside the top-five and from there he began an ambitious charge toward the front. Capitalizing on a mistake by another rider, Webb quickly jumped into fourth as he came into the final lap within striking distance of third. He fought relentlessly on the final lap in what would become a three-way battle for third and it was Webb who held his ground to secure the final podium position in a close race to the finish.

Webb: “That was probably the hardest race I’ve ever had. I was way back and just put my head down and tried to do the best I can. I got a few gifts from the guys ahead of me but man, it was painful. I knew it wasn’t going to be fun or easy, but that’s racing. It’s a long way out but the only thing keeping me going is this championship, so we’ll do whatever we can.”

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown made his 250SX East debut on Saturday with a solid ride in Atlanta. Brown started off strong in the first heat as he powered his KTM 250 SX-F into second early on. He mixed it up with some of the top riders in the class before ultimately securing a third-place transfer into the Main Event. 

The Main Event didn’t quite go as planned for the rookie after getting caught up in the tail-end of another rider’s mistake on lap two. With nowhere to go, Brown was forced to go off the track and into the tough blocks, ultimately resulting in a crash. Brown was able to re-mount and salvage a 17th place finish.

Next Race: Daytona Beach, Florida – March 7, 2020 

Results 450SX Class – Atlanta

1.  Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, 25 laps

2. Justin Barcia (USA), Yamaha, +13.612

3. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +16.719

Other KTM

5. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

18. Daniel Herrlein (USA), KTM

19. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 9 of 17 rounds

1. Tomac, 200 points

2. Roczen, 200

3. Barcia, 177

4. Webb, 176

Other KTM

11. Baggett, 108

Results 250SX East Class – Atlanta

1. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda

2. RJ Hampshire (USA), Husqvarna

3. Shane McElrath (USA), Yamaha

Other KTM

14. Kevin Moranz (USA), KTM

15. Hunter Sayles, (USA), KTM

17. Pierce Brown, (USA), KTM

21. Curren Thurman (USA), KTM

22. Lance Kobusch (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX East Class 2020 after 3 of 10 rounds

1. Sexton, 75 points

2. McElrath, 70

3. Hampshire, 61

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HERLINGS SIGNS NEW KTM MXGP CONTRACT

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The twenty-five-year-old Dutchman inked his deal on the eve of the British Grand Prix this weekend and the opening round of twenty in the 2020 MXGP series; his fourth in the premier class and eleventh in the FIM World Championship all with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

The association began in 2009 when Herlings was signed to make his MX2 GP debut for the 2010 season as a fifteen-year old. He claimed his first top-three race finish in just his second moto at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria at Sevlievo, celebrated his first podium at Mantova in Italy for round two and then started an incredible seven-year unbeaten streak of wins a few weeks later at his home event at Valkenswaard; scene of his very first 1-1 clean sweep.

Since that initial term in 2010 Herlings has gone on to accumulate 86 Grand Prix victories in two classes and ace titles in 2012, 2013, 2016 (all MX2) and then 2018 (MXGP) with KTM 250 SX-F and KTM 450 SX-F machinery. In that time there have been some astonishing performances – such as the first moto chequered flag in Latvia last summer, taken with a broken foot – and also some tough moments when he conceded likely titles in 2014 and 2015 due to injury. His peerless 2018 MXGP campaign saw #84 own 17 from 19 Grands Prix and classify as runner-up in the other two outings.

Herlings is already the most successful Dutch rider in the history of the sport and is third on the list for all-time Grand Prix triumphs. In 2019 he added the Motocross of Nations Chamberlain trophy to his heaving collection of silverware.

Jeffrey Herlings“I’m very, very happy. I have been with KTM since 2009 so by the end of this next contract it will be fifteen years together. I’m excited to stay in the orange family and I have been working with Pit [Beirer] and the entire crew since the beginning and I was fourteen. I’m blessed to be able to do it for another three years; four including this one about to start. It is also good to have this done before the weekend and GP1 of 2020. KTM is where my heart is, and they are my family. I’m thankful that they trust in me, and I believe in them, the bike and all the people I work with. I’ll be racing with them until I’m 28 and I’m super-happy, hopefully there many more happy days ahead.”

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director“This contract definitely means a lot to me personally because it was back in 2009 that we gave this young kid and his family our word that we’d take good care of him and he had a great future in front of him: we wanted to be a partner in that. We went through so many ups and downs with Jeffrey and he has collected all of his wins and titles with us – just one brand. It was actually quite emotional to know he could spend his career with just one company. I’m really happy that we could agree everything so early for another three years and I wish him a healthy and strong season and hopefully an even longer association with us when he’s stopped racing.”

Robert Jonas, Vice President KTM Motorsports Offroad“Jeffrey’s story with KTM is really special and I think it shows the strong bond we have with him that he wanted to commit to another three years with us. We all know his speed and his ability, and that determination to get the best of himself on the circuit can be almost unmatchable. He is a spectacular athlete to watch and to work with and we’re looking forward to a lot more races together.”

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PRADO FIT FOR 2020 MXGP OPENER AS RED BULL KTM LAUNCH NEW SEASON IN THE UK

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Eighteen-year old Prado will join MXGP teammates Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings at the popular British venue this week for what will be the tenth Grand Prix at the Winchester site. The MX2 world champion in 2018 and 2019 has been riding less than three weeks since recovering from a broken left femur but feels quick and confident enough to enter the gate for the first European-based season-opener since 2012.

The Spaniard, Italian and Dutchman arguably form one of the greatest premier class line-ups in the 64 year history of the sport with a combined total of fifteen FIM world championships between them. Cairoli, winner of 89 Grands Prix, is still feeling his way back to speed after a long convalescence from the left shoulder injury that curtailed his 2019 campaign last June. Herlings, on 86 triumphs, has had a strong pre-season with unbeaten outings in the UK and France to build up his speed and remove any doubts after a disrupted 2019.

In MX2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing have crowned eight different world champions with the KTM 250 SX-F since 2004 and have claimed twelve titles in the last sixteen years. For 2020 they rely on eighteen-year old Frenchman Tom Vialle who excelled as the Rookie of the Year in 2019 with one win and six podium appearances as well as 4th spot in the final standings. Vialle has also claimed two victories in the pre-season period. He is joined by another eighteen-year old, Rene Hofer, who graduates from the EMX250 European Championship after some impressive wild-card outings last summer.

Matterley Basin has been a positive hunting ground in the past with both Herlings and Cairoli having enjoyed views from the top of the podium. Prado has yet to triumph at the undulating English course (he finished 2nd in 2018) but Tom Vialle has happy memories of the vast circuit thanks to his maiden podium appearance almost twelve months ago.

Tony Cairoli: “As ever I’m looking forward to starting another season. I’m not in the best shape at the moment but getting better every week and I am still working on the shoulder. My expectation is to always be on the podium: we’ll aim for that and re-group over the many races this year.”

Jeffrey Herlings“2019 was the worst year of my career and I have learnt from it. My goal this season is to be at all twenty races and to try and fight for the championship. My mentality is different. I don’t feel that I must win every race anymore. If I can get on the podium then that’s good enough and, most importantly, I get to the races after. Matterley could be challenging with the weather but it’s a great track to start the year and it’s almost a relief to be there healthy and ready.”

Jorge Prado“I’m really happy I can be at Matterley and I made the decision to go so I could grab some points that might be important by the end of the championship. I feel like I need to be there. I have been working very hard since I had surgery in order to be able to line-up at that race. I will not take any risks. I’ve been on the bike for just two weeks so I’m not expecting anything. If you have a break of two months then only two weeks of preparation is really nothing. I felt I could ride a bit harder in the last few days and put my foot on the ground. The team is super-happy I will be there. I’m starting my MXGP career in a tough way but I hope after a few rounds I will feel better and can train more.”

Rene Hofer: “This is the start of an exciting season for me and one in which I want to learn as much as I can. The team have not put any pressure on me for results and I just want to get better with every GP. The step-up with the factory bike was not as big as I expected actually; I have loads of power and then it was just a case of getting used to the suspension. We have prepared as well as we could this winter. Matterley is one of my favourite tracks; the jumps on that track make it so much fun. I just hope the weather is good.”

Tom Vialle“I’m looking at the championship in a bigger way this year. In 2019 it was a bit up-and-down for me and I guess that’s normal in a first season, but I need to be more consistent.! It’s a really big step to talk about the title but I know I have the speed and it’s a new challenge. Matterley is one of the best places in the championship because it’s big with nice jumps and the starts are pretty spectacular. I love riding there…if the conditions are good!”

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KTM CLOSE MOTOGP PRE-SEASON PREP WITH OPTIMISM AFTER THREE-DAY QATAR TEST

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For the second day in a row (and of three) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Brad Binder and Pol Espargaro clocked more than 110 laps of the 5.4km layout as afternoon turned to dusk and the crew completed their set-up work towards the first Grand Prix of twenty to come.

Rookie Binder (9th) was the surprise act after more modifications to his works KTM RC16 allowed the determined South African to register an effort that would stand less than half a second from the quickest lap of the day and be three tenths better than Pol Espargaro (14). The Spaniard, who worked diligently towards his race configuration across the three days but suffered a small crash on Monday afternoon and was ultimately denied a strong time-attack, was still just 0.7 of a second from the #1 spot.

Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira (19th) and Iker Lecuona (20th) also dropped their lap-times to nudge closer to the top half of the leaderboard; less than 1.5 seconds covered the top twenty riders.

KTM continue their MotoGP adventure with the Grand Prix of Qatar in a fortnight’s time.

Pol Espargaro“A good day but not such a great ending. We worked well and got some good info with a lot of things but then got a bit lost and it affected us going for a time attack. We made a couple of mistakes and had some issues and then I lost the front on Turn 2 which meant we could not have the happy end we wanted. Overall it has been a great test though and I feel very ready for the race weekend and that’s the most important thing. Brad did very well with a good lap at the right time and that shows we can be there.”

Brad Binder“I was quite surprised to be honest. I felt comfortable and we made some changes today that helped me a lot and sorted many of my issues. I put in a new set of tyres and ‘bam!’ the lap-time came. The bike was good. I felt way more comfortable to get it stopped, turned quicker and also get on the throttle earlier. Once we figured that part out then it was a lot easier to put a fast lap together but it was still quite difficult to do 22 of them, so I have a long way to go! We made some good steps these three days and the team has been awesome. I’m looking forward to continuing at the GP.”

Miguel Oliveira“For sure, the last day was much better than the first two days, at least the lap time progression was there. We couldn’t really use the soft tyre to make a lap time and we mainly focused on the medium tyre to find a race pace, which is right now much better than half of the riders in front of us. This is quite scary, but also positive in a way. Of course, we need to start the race a bit further in front. We have some ideas to work on the race weekend. Testing is always a bit tricky because many riders do a quick lap time and they don’t really have a pace, so in real conditions, you can really see, who is faster and who is not. So, I hope in less than two weeks’ time, we can figure out a way, that we can extract a good lap time.”

Iker Lecuona“Overall, I felt good today, apart from a minor crash we had this morning. When I came back to the track in the afternoon, the wind had picked up quite a lot, which is a completely new situation for me. We also tried the new Michelin tyre, which I still need to understand further. When I see the three complete days of test here then I can say that I’m satisfied, although there are still things to improve.”

Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Race Manager“We still had a lot on the list after Sepang and we managed to get through it here, so the team and the riders did a great job. The focus was to work hard on the bikes to find the final configuration for the race weekend. Generally, we are happy and it is important that all four riders are fit for the start of the season. I think there is clear proof that we made a step with the bike from 2019 to 2020. The lap-time from Brad was very impressive by a rookie but we have been looking at the longer outings and he did well there also. Pol didn’t go for a super-fast time today but we are not worried about his performance at all. The Tech3 guys made some good steps and, as we have seen in the past, lap-times are not always the priorities at winter tests.”

Sebastian Risse, Technical Coordinator MotoGP“From a technical point of view we are ready. We managed to do most of the large items on our test schedule in Sepang and we know Losail is quite special in terms of the conditions and the way it changes with day sessions and night races and so on. So, we focussed on race distance and knowing the tyres specs better and for this place in particular: this all worked out quite well. You have to look behind the list of times when you are here. I think we are quite well-prepared but we did struggle a bit with Pol today to make the ultimate lap-time; however we know what we have to look for and what we need to do so we are confident.”

Losail IRTA Test Day Three final times

1. Maverick Viñales (ESP), Yamaha 1:53.858
2. Franco Morbidelli (ITA), Yamaha +0.033
3. Alex Rins (ESP), Suzuki +0.210
4. Fabio Quartararo (FRA), Yamaha +0.219
5. Jack Miller (AUS), Ducati +0.247
9. Brad Binder (RSA), Red Bull KTM +0.425
14. Pol Espargaro (ESP), Red Bull KTM +0.765
19. Miguel Oliveira (POR) Red Bull KTM Tech3 +1.150
20. Iker Lecuona (ESP), Red Bull KTM Tech3 +1.443

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TOUGH NIGHT FOR COOPER WEBB AND RED BULL KTM AT ARLINGTON SX TRIPLE CROWN

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ARLINGTON, Texas – It was a tough night for Cooper Webb and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team as the reigning 450SX Champion suffered a crash during the second Main Event that left him sidelined for the rest of Saturday’s Triple Crown in Arlington, Texas.

Webb had a great start to the day, where he qualified fourth overall in the 450SX division. In the first Main Event, he powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into second early on and he maintained a solid pace to finish with a runner-up position in race one. In the second race, he didn’t get off to the best start but he worked his way into fourth by lap 11. While making a podium charge late in the race, Webb experienced a big crash in the ‘dragon’s back’ section, which left him unable to continue racing. After receiving trackside assistance from the Alpinestars Medical Crew, Webb was transported to a local hospital where he awaits further evaluation.

Team Manager, Ian Harrison: “Cooper’s day started off well, he was good in both qualifying practices and in the first race he rode exceptionally well, we were happy with him and we didn’t make any bike changes. In the second race, he was riding well and moving through the pack, and then it looks like he lost drive going up the dragon’s back, landed on the front wheel and it flipped him off and he landed in the cement. As of now, it seems like there are no broken bones but we are heading to the hospital now to check in with Cooper.”

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team will provide a further update as soon as it’s available. 

Next Race: Atlanta, Georgia – February 29, 2020

Results 450SX Class – Arlington
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 5-1-1
2. Ken Roczen (GER), HON, 1-7-2
3. Jason Anderson (USA), HQV, 3-2-5
Other KTM
10. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM, 10-8-13
12. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 2-17-20
17. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM, 11-20-19

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 8 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 181 points
2. Roczen, 174
3. Webb, 155
Other KTM
11. Baggett, 104

Results 250SX East Class – Arlington
1. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda
2. Shane McElrath (USA), Yamaha
3. RJ Hampshire (USA), Husqvarna
Other KTM
15. Curren Thurman (USA), KTM
16. Dustin Winter (USA), KTM
17. Kevin Moranz (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX East Class 2020 after 2 of 10 rounds
1. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda
2. Shane McElrath (USA), Yamaha
3. Jeremy Martin (USA), Honda

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MOTOGP 2020: CHAPTER FOUR IS NOW!

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The line-ups for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Red Bull KTM Tech3 have been known for a number of months with 28 year old Pol Espargaro returning for his fourth term with the KTM RC16 (as holder of the most Grand Prix points and one podium finish) and his seventh in the category, 24 year old rookie teammate Brad Binder making his MotoGP debut and with Miguel Oliveira (the 25 year old’s second MotoGP year) and Iker Lecuona (at 20 another rookie for 2020 and the youngest racer on the grid) forming the Tech3 roster.

For the second season on a row, KTM will count four KTM RC16s on the MotoGP grid and with the quartet of race bikes all carrying a 2020 spec. The riders have already completed both a private and official IRTA test so far since January and will lap Losail from February 22nd for three days in the final dialling-in outing before Grand Prix action commences at the same venue.

Red Bull KTM Tech3 boast some novelty factor for 2020 with their ‘Organics by Red Bull’ livery and a fresh look for the crew. The potential of the third generation of the KTM RC16 is eagerly anticipated after the firm expanded their test team efforts with the experience of former world champion Dani Pedrosa complimenting the long-standing knowledge of Mika Kallio in 2019.

MotoGP will represent the peak of the KTM road racing structure. No less than fourteen KTM RC4 riders will be progressing or learning the finer points of Grand Prix in the Moto3 division while the stars of tomorrow will be battling through the 2020 seven-round Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the brand-new Northern Talent Cup series.

Click HERE for the 2020 MotoGP Media archive with access to the video interviews (riders and team management), photography, KTM RC16 material and transcripts and translations.

The 2020 Red Bull KTM MotoGP Team Presentation video can be watched on YouTube by clicking HERE.

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director“2020 is about to begin and I would say we are exactly where we expected to be. We’ve had everything on a road map and have followed it with the full support of the company and the board. Last year we worked with a satellite team and four riders that provided valuable feedback and the groups spurred each other on, but, at the same time, it pushed us to the limit for resources and raised us to the peak where we are now. I would not say we have a ‘satellite team’ now but instead we are a KTM ‘pack’ with friendship and trust, and I include our test team in that whole organisation. It’s fascinating to be able to develop insanely powerful, high-quality motorcycles – the pinnacle of motorcycling engineering - and we push the materials to the limit. Then there are the riders; Pol brings so much to this project and we know Brad very well and it is a great story for us to have our own Moto3 world champion now racing in MotoGP. Miguel will definitely put the factory guys under pressure this year and we have huge faith in Iker who has impressed us already. Working on the Moto3 project in 2012 was the foundation of our current MotoGP programme and one of the most important steps for our racing department because it allowed us to start, learn fast and build with largely the same group of people. We’re happy to be able to play such a big role in that category. We will continue to give it everything we’ve got to make improvements in MotoGP. This is an important season for us. I’m convinced we have done an excellent job in the background to be lining up with a very good motorcycle on the starting grid but we will be measured by our lap-times!”


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TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING’S BRIAN MOREAU INJURED AT TAMPA SX

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MURRIETA, Calif. – Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brian Moreau suffered a major crash during Saturday’s Free Practice session at the seventh round of the AMA Supercross Championship in Tampa, Florida. The French rider was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a fractured vertebra in his neck. Moreau is in stable condition at this time as he awaits further information from doctors.

The Moreau family released an update on Sunday morning via social media stating: “Hit in the vertebrae, Brian had surgery last night at Tampa hospital. Surgery is good and Brian woke up. He is currently in intensive care but doctors will not be able to decide on his condition in several days…Brian is a very brave and strong boy and is aware of everything!”

TLD/KTM Team Owner, Troy Lee: “Brian is a very tough kid and we know he will tackle this injury and do whatever he can to make a full recovery. Everyone at Troy Lee Designs and KTM are fully supporting his recovery every step of the way. I want to also thank both Marvin and Mathilde Musquin for all the support they have given Brian from the very first day he showed up in California. Mathilde has been at the hospital with Brian since his crash and has been amazing to work with during this difficult time.

KTM North America, Inc., along with the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teams are sending positive thoughts to Brian and the Moreau family at this time.

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WEBB SECURES RUNNER-UP FINISH AT TAMPA SX

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TAMPA, Fla. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb raced his way to a second-place finish on Saturday at Round 7 of the AMA Supercross Championship in Tampa, Florida. 

Following a big win last weekend, Webb came into Round 7 with great momentum as he looked for a second-straight victory in the sands of Florida. He secured a fourth-place qualifying position earlier in the day aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, where he carried a favorable gate pick into 450SX Heat 1. He got off to a top-four start and quickly made his way into third early on, where he ultimately secured a top-three finish in the heat. 

In the Main Event, Webb got a top-five start and he passed his way into fourth on lap three. Just after the halfway point, he powered his way into third and he put on a late charge to bring himself within striking distance of the second-place rider. From there, Webb was able to capitalize on a mistake by the rider ahead to claim the second-place position late in the race and he carried it strong through the checkered flag.

Cooper Webb: “It was tricky all day and it was easy to make mistakes out there. I’m happy with a second, obviously I wanted to be up there for that win tonight, I felt great all day but it’s a good night overall. I felt like I rode good and I just need to be better on my starts.” 

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM Factory Racing’s Brian Moreau was set to make his 250SX East debut on Saturday but he had an unfortunate crash during the day’s free practice, which kept him sidelined for the remainder of the evening. 

Next Race: Arlington, Texas – February 22, 2020

Results 450SX Class – Tampa
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 26 laps
2. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +07.290
3. Ken Roczen (GER), HON, +18.043
Other KTM
14. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 7 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 155 points
2. Roczen, 151
3. Webb, 144
Other KTM
10. Baggett, 91

Results 250SX East Class – Tampa
1. Shane McElrath (USA), Yamaha
2. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda
3. Jeremy Martin (USA), Honda
Other KTM
18. Hunter Sayles (USA), KTM
22. Curren Thurman (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX East Class 2020 after 1 of 10 rounds
1. Shane McElrath (USA), Yamaha
2. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda
3. Jeremy Martin (USA), Honda
Other KTM
18. Hunter Sayles (USA), KTM
22. Curren Thurman (USA), KTM

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HERLINGS & VIALLE WIN SODDEN HAWKSTONE PARK INTERNATIONAL AS CAIROLI TAKES MANTOVA PODIUM

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MX – Pre-season Internationals: Hawkstone Park International (UK) & Internazionali D’Italia Mantova (ITA)

A stormy climate battered the historic Hawkstone Park circuit in central England and caused the second moto to be shortened to twenty minutes and the third ‘Superfinal’ to be cancelled. In the swampy sand Jeffrey Herlings took his works KTM 450 SX-F to a 3-1 scorecard. The Dutchman crashed at the start of the opening race – won by SS24 KTM MXGP’s Shaun Simpson – but recovered all the way through the field to claim 3rd spot. He holeshotted and won the shorter second sprint to walk the top step of the podium in his first outing of 2020.

In the MX2 class Tom Vialle registered results of 4-1 to celebrate as the overall winner on his KTM 250 SX-F. The Frenchman stood beside teammate Rene Hofer who rode to positions of 2-6 to earn the third step of the box. Liam Everts was victorious in the EMX contest.

Meanwhile, in Italy, nine times world champion Tony Cairoli competed for the first time since the Grand Prix of Latvia last July. #222 diced with world champion Tim Gajser in the MX1 moto in the Mantova sand and took a respectable 2nd place. Cairoli finished 3rd in the Supercampione race.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing now turn their attention and focus firmly towards the British Grand Prix and the first round of twenty in the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship at Matterley Basin in the UK on March 1st. Tom Vialle and Rene Hofer will be present at the LaCapelle Marival International in France next weekend.

Jeffrey Herlings: “I felt good today. It was a shame to have that start crash in the first moto but I still came back from last to third and almost got Glenn [Coldenhoff]. Then I holeshot and led the whole way in the second. It was about survival and there was only really one line to use, so passing the lappers was tricky. Anyway, we got it done. It was useful practice because Matterley could be the same!”

Tony Cairoli: “The first race of the season and we didn’t expect much but both races on the podium was OK. We know where we need to work, and we are still quite far away from our form but it was good to get a race done before the first Grand Prix. Now we have clear ideas.”

Tom Vialle“It was a really hard day with the weather and the rain did the track no favours. The first race was difficult because I was fourth and had a lot of water in my goggles. I had to stop and change and restarted tenth but came back to sixth: I was really happy with the bike and I was feeling good so the result was OK. I had the holeshot in the second race, which was only twenty minutes, but could make a lead. I’m really happy. We’ve done two sand races, and now we go to hard-pack with LaCapelle next weekend. It will be a good race to do before Matterley and to get some familiar sensations on the bike.”

Rene Hofer“Quite good today. I’m quite happy with my mud riding. I almost had the holeshot in the first race but still managed to take the lead in the second corner which was important to save my goggles. I led all the way with two laps to go and felt happy with second in those conditions. I didn’t start so well in the second moto – top six I think – and had a small crash so just rode as well as I could to the finish. Race by race I am getting more comfortable and confident.”

Hawkstone Park International Overall result MX1

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED) Red Bull KTM
2. Shaun Simpson (GBR) KTM
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED) GasGas
4. Harri Kullas (FIN) Honda
5. Julien Lieber (BEL) Honda

Hawkstone Park International Overall result MX2

1. Tom Vialle (FRA) Red Bull KTM
2. Mikkel Haarup (DEN) Kawasaki
3. Rene Hofer (AUT) Red Bull KTM
4. Jed Beaton (AUS) Husqvarna
5. Kay De Wolf (NED) Husqvarna

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KTM STRIDE FORWARDS WITH 2020 MOTOGP PREP AFTER LONG SEPANG TEST

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Red Bull KTM Tech3 completed six days and hundreds of laps of the Sepang International Circuit in the first MotoGP testing schedule of the year. Pol Espargaro, Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira and Iker Lecuona were joined by test riders Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio in both private and official IRTA sessions as work towards refinement of the KTM RC16 gathered pace.

Espargaro evaluated many components and technical ideas – chiefly engine and electronics and chassis mods – and concentrated on different swingarms and the new Michelin tyre allocation today. He clocked a best lap just over two tenths of a second away from the top of the time sheets and from a final classification that saw eighteen of the twenty-six riders on track split by less than one second.

Binder pushed to gather more mileage and understanding of the MotoGP machine and was content to be just half a second behind Espargaro by the time of the end of the test. Dani Pedrosa demonstrated his exceptional skills still remain firmly in place by clocking the 3rd fastest lap on day two. Mika Kallio ran the latest spec of the KTM RC16 in the final outing.

Red Bull KTM Tech3 pairing Oliveira and Lecuona continued their respective agendas in Sepang. The Portuguese was reacclimatising to the MotoGP machinery ahead of his second term in the class and after missing the last two rounds of the 2019 calendar due to shoulder surgery. The Spaniard, the youngest rider on the grid, gained more valuable laps at just his third circuit with the RC16.
 
Both Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Red Bull KTM Tech3 will unveil their 2020 racing colours in a special online presentation on February 18th.

MotoGP moves onto the second and final three-day test at the Losail International Circuit on February 22nd. The opening round of twenty in the 2020 campaign takes place at the same facility in Qatar on March 8th.

Pol Espargaro“We’ve done a lot these six days! Today was successful: we tested the new Michelin tyres and we made our conclusions. We also worked on the swingarm because we felt we were losing grip in hot conditions from the soft tyres so we wanted to understand why. We learned a lot actually. We have more horsepower and the electronics are working smoother which allows you to open the throttle earlier in the corners and is important here in Sepang and what we were missing before. Overall it feels very good. In Qatar we will restart. We might have different problems and we’ll have different tyres so we’ll begin again and hopefully have the same results.”

Brad Binder“In the first two tests I was 2.1 off and now I am 0.7. It’s a big step forwards for us. The feeling and the comfort on the bike is way-better but we have a long, long way to go. I need to keep working and it will pay-off soon. If you look at the position then it is dissatisfying but the main thing is the gap. A couple of tenths have made a good difference in the standings. I have seen that it’s not too difficult to make a fast lap but I need to do twenty of them! It’s been a positive six days. We’ve progressed every day. We can reset and start again in Qatar.”

Miguel Oliveira“This morning we mainly focused on a time attack and doing this with the best set-up. We had a very good lap with our normal tyre allocation, which was surprising. When I put a softer tyre on the rear, I couldn’t improve, but overall, I’m very happy with our pace and all the work we have done during the three days of official test here. In the upcoming two weeks I still have some work to do, physically, building some more muscles and trying to remove as much pain as possible on the shoulder in order to have a good first race weekend in Qatar.”

Iker Lecuona: “My goal was to have a small gap to the front but today I didn’t improve as much as I wished, although I managed reach the 1:59’s. I tried some new tyres today and I know, that I still need to be faster, plus after all these days on track here, I’m physically exhausted, to be honest. I will continue to learn in Qatar. For now, we have a good base with the bike, which I like, my general feeling is great. I just need to learn and understand more and more things about this machine.”

Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Race Manager“After six days we can be positive about our test programme and that is different compared to last year and the rainy conditions because we had ideas on the table that we could not try. It meant we had quite a big operation to bring over here to Sepang and some late decisions. So, the test has been really important and necessary and the feedback from the riders has been good. There are people in the company working so hard on this bike – including the whole test team – and they have done a great job this winter. We have confirmed ideas and changes and it was nice to see that in the long runs we are quite strong and the fast laps are acceptable. We can see that we have made another step. The riders had a lot to do and we have two rookies in the group in Brad and Iker and they did very well with a lot of laps and building up their knowledge of MotoGP with the riding style and small changes. Pol, Miguel and Dani had to do many laps, many runs and go through a big list and they stayed focussed and did it in a great style. It is also positive to leave here with everybody healthy. Small details make the difference and eighteen riders are split by one second so we know the season will be tough and very competitive. Let’s go to Qatar now and see how we look.”

Sebastian Risse, Technical Coordinator MotoGP“What we are using here is completely different to last year’s bike. We were using a basic package at Valencia and Jerez at the end of last year and then went back home in the winter break to analyse the pluses and minuses and to smooth it out. Basically, there are hardly any parts from last year’s bike. We had the opportunity to check single items in order to make sure that every piece of the puzzle brings a positive impact and now we are very confident. We look much better than we did at the same time last season. Of course, everybody has moved closer together but we have moved even closer. The lap-time looks much better and the consistency is very good. The tyre specification has changed and the combination with our new bike seems to be very competitive around here. We have been working on the engine and different chassis configurations and a lot with aerodynamics because this is something we need to homologate for the entire season; this is a high speed track so it presents an opportunity to understand that better. Now we are looking forward to see how this all works at another track with a different character and different tyre allocation to understand where we are for the season.”

Sepang IRTA Test Day Three final times

1. Fabio Quartararo (FRA), Yamaha 1:58.349
2. Cal Crutchlow (GBR), Honda +0.082
3. Alex Rins (ESP), Suzuki +0.101
4. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA), Ducati +0.153
5. Valentino Rossi (ITA), Yamaha +0.192
7. Pol Espargaro (ESP), Red Bull KTM +0.261
11. Miguel Oliveira (POR) Red Bull KTM Tech3 +0.415
17. Brad Binder (RSA), Red Bull KTM +0.755
22. Iker Lecuona (ESP), Red Bull KTM Tech3 +1.549
25. Mika Kallio (FIN), KTM +1.799

Contact:
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MANUEL LETTENBICHLER FINISHES THIRD AT 2020 KING OF THE MOTOS

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Rnd 1, AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series

Competing in the weeklong King of the Hammers offroad racing festival for the first time, Manuel Lettenbichler kicked off his 2020 racing season in the arid, rocky Californian desert. Racing in the GPS based King of the Motos – a natural extreme offroad event designed to test the mental, physical and mechanical fortitude of all competitors – the reigning WESS Enduro World Champion challenged for the win throughout the three-lap race.

Qualifying well, Mani took the King of the Motos holeshot, reaching the top of the event’s first rock-strewn climb ahead of more experienced desert racers Cody Webb, Trystan Hart and Colton Haaker. With the leading quartet completing much of the opening lap together, Lettenbichler edged ahead on lap two, together with Webb.

With the event increasing in difficulty, Lettenbichler successfully completed the second lap before a trouble-free pit stop saw him ready to take on the third and hardest lap of the event. Frustratingly, while continuing to challenge for the win, a wrong line choice while riding through a canyon used earlier in the day resulted in Mani receiving a one-hour time penalty.

Despite the penalty he incurred, Lettenbichler still finished on the podium to make a highly-positive start to his participation in the 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series.

Lettenbichler will return to the 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series on March 28/29 for the RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, in Decatur, Texas.

Manuel Lettenbichler: “King of the Motos has been a great experience, racing out in the desert is such a cool thing to do. Yeah, I’m a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to win, but the small mistake I made close to the end of the race cost me a chance of a better result. I think I was only 20 meters off line but I will learn from this for next year. Riding in the desert for the first time has been a completely new experience, but it was so much fun. It’s very different to what I’m used to, and it’s been difficult to adapt to everything in just a few days. Racing with GPS is also pretty new to me. I would say that I got used to it all and I felt like I rode well. Everything was good apart from my one mistake close to the end of the race – qualifying went well, I got the holeshot in the main race, my bike was awesome, I rode well, my pit stops were good and I was running up front. There’s not too much I can be unhappy with. Starting this championship with a podium result is a great beginning to the season.”

Results: 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series Round One - King of the Motos

1. Cody Webb (USA), Sherco
2. Trystan Hart (USA), KTM
3. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER), KTM

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COOPER WEBB TAKES THE WIN AT SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – It was a successful day for the KTM brand as Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb claimed the top step of the 450SX podium in San Diego, while Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – WPS – FLY – KTM’s Blake Baggett followed up in third at Round 6 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship.

Webb, the fourth-place qualifier, lined up in 450SX Heat 1 where he got off to a top-three start. However, his front tire hit a big dirt clot exiting a corner on the opening lap and he went down right away. He re-mounted just outside the top-10 and charged his way up to a sixth-place transfer position. 

In the Main Event, Webb got another great jump off the start aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and he injected himself into the lead battle early on. Settling into second, Webb rode a calculated race to ultimately set himself up for a race-winning pass with five laps to go. The 2019 450SX Champion held strong in the final laps to claim his first race-win of the 2020 season in San Diego.

Cooper Webb: “I got into the lead early and then Adam [Cianciarulo] made a good aggressive move on the inside and I just kind of let him go. The track, I knew it was going to be hard to pass and I knew it was going to be a long Main Event so I was just kind of riding in there. I tried to make a pass a few laps earlier but we played cat and mouse which allowed Blake [Baggett] to catch up and I didn’t want to do that. It feels good late in the race to get that pass and the win tonight.”

Next Race: Tampa, Florida – February 15, 2020

Results 450SX Class – San Diego
1. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 25 laps
2. Adam Cianciarulo (USA), Kawasaki, +02.751
3. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM, +05.554
Other KTM
12. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 6 of 17 rounds
1. Roczen, 130 points
2. Tomac, 129
3. Webb, 121
Other KTM
7. Baggett, 90

Results 250SX West Class – San Diego
1. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha
2. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki
3. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha
Other KTM
5. Brandon Hartranft (USA), KTM
9. Derek Drake (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX West Class 2020 after 6 of 10 rounds
1. Ferrandis, 135 points
2. Cooper, 128
3. Forkner, 122
4. Hartranft, 110
OTHER KTM
9. Drake, 78

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WATSON CROWNED 2020 FRENCH BEACH RACE CHAMPION AT ENDUROPALE DU TOUQUET

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With the infamous Enduropale du Touquet marking the seventh and final round of the CFS: Championnat de France des Sables, all eyes were on defending champion Nathan Watson to see if he could repeat his 2019 winning result.

As the 1,200 competitors lined up for the beginning of the grueling three-hour event, Watson knew the importance of making a fast start and then pushing hard during the early stages of race. A little too keen to get his race started, the Brit was later deemed to have jumped the start, picking up a 60-second stop-and-go penalty.

Unaware of what was to come, Nathan exited the first corner just outside the top 10 and set about making ground on the leaders. Battling his way up to fifth during the first five laps, an efficient fuel stop after the first hour of racing moved him into third. Favoring the rougher conditions in the latter stages of race, Watson reached as high as second with just over one hour remaining.

With organizers then handing him the penalty, Nathan’s charge was ended and he ultimately lost his chance of victory. Dropping back down the leaderboard to fourth, he eventually battled his way back into a podium position and finished third at the checkered flag.

Nathan Watson: “It’s been a hard season, but to come away with back-to-back French Beach Race titles is amazing. It’s a credit to the team, they worked so hard to get this result. It’s me out on the track but it really is a team effort, for sure. Naturally, I wanted to win the championship with victory here today, but the cards didn’t fall my way. Between the nature of the track and then the stop-and-go penalty, things were against me. I felt like the track was maybe too fast for me and I needed more corners to slow the early pace down. I hold my hands up about the start, I simply got my timing a little wrong with the bungy being released. I went a little too early. One minute was a tough penalty, especially as I never gained anything and exited the first corner in 12th. But it is what it is. Overall, I’m pleased with the season as a whole. I think that myself and Camille showed we’re two of the strongest guys out there and our bikes never missed a beat. Thanks to KTM and the team, we’ll celebrate this title for sure!”

Once again proving himself as the fastest starter in the championship, Camille Chapeliere powered his KTM 450 SX-F down the six-kilometer-long straight to secure the holeshot. Immediately setting the pace, the Frenchman comfortably led the opening lap. With the leaders already catching traffic on lap two, Camille battled hard to maintain his lead.

Knowing that one false move could prove disastrous, Chapeliere focused on controlling his own race and for the next three laps, held strong inside the top five. After the first of three fuel stops, the KTM rider positioned himself in second as the race began to settle down.

Continuing to keep up a fast and solid pace, the Frenchman battled hard for a top-three result for the remainder of the race, eventually crossing the finish line in a close fourth to teammate Watson. In doing so, Camille secured his position of third overall in the championship chase.

Camille Chapeliere: “I’ve definitely shown this year that my KTM 450 SX-F is fast. I got the holeshot and have managed to holeshot almost all rounds of the championship this year. It makes a huge difference in a race like this to get out front so soon. I put in a very strong opening lap and led the whole way there. Once we got into traffic on lap two my strategy was to focus on myself and stay safe. I didn’t want to take too many risky moves because it can go wrong very quickly. I saw that first hand last year. I’m pleased to make a safe, strong and consistent race. Top three was the ultimate goal, but I’m happy with fourth. To sign off the championship in third overall, with a 100 per cent finishing record is very rewarding, together with KTM we’ve achieved a lot this season.”

Results - CFS: Championnat de France des Sables 2019/20 - Round 7: Enduropale du Touquet

1. Milko Potisek (FRA), Yamaha, 15 laps, 3:06:44.033
2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL), Honda, 3:10:10.404 +3:26
3. Nathan Watson (GBR), KTM, 3:12:26.582 +5:42
4. Camille Chapeliere (FRA), KTM, 3:12:49.154 +6:05
5. Todd Kellett (GBR), Yamaha, 3:14:39.632 +7:55

Championship Standings - CFS: Championnat de France des Sables 2019/20 (Round 7)

1. Nathan Watson (GBR) KTM, 845 points
2. Todd Kellett (GBR), Yamaha, 755 pts
3. Camille Chapeliere (FRA), KTM, 671 pts
4. Richard Fura (FRA), Yamaha, 558 pts
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL), Honda, 552 pts

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WEBB CLAIMS RUNNER-UP FINISH AT OAKLAND SX

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb secured his best finish of the season on Saturday with a spectacular last-corner pass to confirm second overall at Round 5 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship in Oakland, California.

After battling through a sickness in the early part of the season, the reigning 450SX Champion has began to hit his stride once again with a solid performance at the Ringcentral Coliseum. 

Webb qualified third overall aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, lining up in 450SX Heat 2. He got off to a top-five start in the heat and quickly worked his way into second. He rode a solid race to ultimately secure a second-place transfer into the Main Event. With a favorable gate pick, Webb got off to a fourth-place start in the Main Event and he rode steady in fourth for the first 17 laps of the race. With four laps to go, Webb made his move into third and from there he charged toward the second-place battle. He caught up to the second-place rider in the final laps and with only one turn to go before the finish, Webb took the inside line to make a last-minute pass on Ken Roczen to overtake second just before the checkered flag.

Cooper Webb: “I think I finally just raced ahead tonight. I think I’ve been just kind of conservative and not laying it out there like all these guys have been so today/tonight was a much better direction and I fought hard the whole Main Event. I still need a little there at the beginning but overall I’m pretty happy and I feel like I’m in a good spot moving forward.”

Next Race: San Diego, California – February 8, 2020

Results 450SX Class – Oakland
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki
2. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM
3. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda
Other KTM
9. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM
15. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 5 of 17 rounds
1. Roczen, 113 points
2. Tomac, 110
3. Barcia, 98
Other KTM
5. Webb, 95
9. Baggett, 69

Results 250SX West Class – Oakland
1. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha
2. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki
3. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha
Other KTM
7. Derek Drake (USA), KTM
8. Brandon Hartranft (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX West Class 2020 after 5 of 10 rounds
1. Ferrandis, 109
2. Cooper, 107
3. Forkner, 99
4. Hartranft, 92
OTHER KTM
9. Drake, 64

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WALKER CLAIMS RUNNER-UP SUPERENDURO RESULT IN BUDAPEST

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Rnd 4, SuperEnduro 2020 - Budapest, Hungary

Finding his form in the second half of the championship, Jonny Walker raced his way to the runner-up result in Budapest, while also securing a race win. The Brit now sits third in the championship standings. Eager to match his performance from the previous event in Spain, the British rider was quick to get up to speed at the penultimate round of the series.

Narrowly missing out on topping the Akrapovic SuperPole by just three tenths of a second, Jonny carried his impressive pace into race one. A strong start saw him move into the lead on lap three of 10. Feeling confident out front, Walker was able to show his winning speed and controlled the remainder of the race to take an eight-second margin of victory.

Looking for further winning results in the following two races, he again put himself at the sharp end of the results. Fighting hard in each race, he went on to finish a strong second each time out to end his night as runner-up. Now, with one round remaining, he sits third in the championship chase.

Jonny Walker: “I’d been waiting for a ride like I had in race one for a while now. Things just sort of clicked and came together and I was able to make it count for the win. I got a strong start and put myself into the lead on lap two and was never properly challenged. It was brilliant to get a race win under my belt again. For the rest of the night my speed was there, but that break just didn’t come. But to back race one up with a pair of second place finishes is very good. Overall, it’s been a strong night and I’ve again shown myself as one of the championship’s strongest riders. I’m also enjoying myself a lot on the track. There’s still a lot to play for at the final round. We’re going to Lodz which is a stadium I’ve enjoyed a lot of success at in the past, so I’ll be fighting hard to end the series on a high for sure.”

For Taddy Blazusiak, Budapest didn’t pan out as hoped as the Pole found himself unable to ride the increasingly slippery course like he wanted to. With numerous mistakes in the opening two races he had to battle from 10th to finish inside the top three.

Attacking hard in the final race, he got into the lead early on lap one. A number of small errors dropped him back where, unable to respond to the leaders, he took fourth. Boosted by his earlier results, the KTM rider ended his night third overall to hold second in the title fight with one round remaining.

Taddy Blazusiak: “It’s been a bumpy night for sure. I feel like I made the wrong decisions regards setup during practice. I expected the track to develop in a different way than it did and that made it harder for me to race on. I was off my game in the first two races and when I got to the front in race three, I couldn’t be consistent in my riding and made mistakes. Unfortunately, that’s how racing goes sometimes, but I’ll go to Poland hoping to do all I can to win. It’s my home race so I’ve got five weeks to prepare, be ready and go for the title.”

The five-round FIM SuperEnduro World Championship concludes in Lodz, Poland on March 14, 2020.

Results - SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 4

Prestige Overall Event Classification

1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 58 points
2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 56 pts
3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 46 pts
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 35 pts
5. Pol Tarres (ESP), Husqvarna, 29 pts
Other KTM
6. Will Hoare (GBR), KTM, 27 pts

Prestige Race 1

1. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 10 laps, 7:08.810
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:16.956 +8.146
3. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 7:21.811 +13.001
4. Will Hoare (GBR), KTM, 7:11.130 +1 lap
5. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:18.420 +1 lap

Prestige Race 2

1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 10 laps 7:20.134
2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 7:42.688 +22.554
3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:55.681 +35.547
4. Pol Tarres (ESP), Husqvarna, 8:04.583 +44.449
5. Blake Gutzeit (RSA), 8:04.845 +44.711
Other KTM
10. Will Hoare (GBR), KTM, 7:33:968 +1 lap

Prestige Race 3

1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 10 laps 7:12.165
2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 7:35.362 +23.197
3. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:37.353 +25.188
4. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:45.441 +33.276
5. Blake Gutzeit (RSA), Husqvarna, 7:26.428 +1 lap
Other KTM
6. Will Hoare (GBR), KTM, 7:32:549 +1 lap

Championship Standings (After round 4 of 5)

1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 227 points
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 209 pts
3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM 192 pts
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna 161 pts
5. Blake Gutzeit (RSA), Husqvarna 112 pts
Other KTM
7. Will Hoare (GBR), KTM, 82 pts

COOPER WEBB 1

WEBB SECURES A TOP-FIVE FINISH AT GLENDALE SX TRIPLE CROWN

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb raced his way to a fourth-place finish at Saturday’s Glendale SX Triple Crown in Arizona for Round 4 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship.

With three 12-minute-plus-one-lap Main Events, the Triple Crown format made for an eventful night of racing as 450SX riders were faced with two red flag restarts and plenty of close racing in between a total of five gate Main Event drops. With combined results of 8-5-4, Webb was able to maintain his focus and increase his momentum throughout the evening to end on a strong note in fourth overall.

In Main Event 1, Webb didn’t get a favorable start as he rounded the opening lap in 13th place. He worked his way into the top-10 by the halfway point but with a shorter race time he was only able to make his way up to an eighth-place finish. In the second main, Webb powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to a much better start as he battled in the second-place position early on. Dicing back-and-forth between top positions, he ultimately secured a fifth-place finish. In the third and final Main Event, Webb got off to another great start in second as he battled for the early lead before settling into third. With four laps to go, he got passed for the final podium position but he continued to fight hard as he finished strong in fourth. 

Cooper Webb: “It was a good day. It’s kind of crazy, we had a bunch of red flags so we ended up with a lot of starts tonight. I feel like I finally figured out my starts by the end and I was up front and able to run with the lead group but I just didn’t quite have it tonight. It was a good turnaround from the first Main Event but we’ve still got some stuff to work on and we’ll keep plugging away and try to improve this week before heading into Oakland.”

Next Race: Oakland, California – February 1, 2020 

Results 450SX Class – Glendale 
1. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, 1-1-1
2. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 2-2-3
3. Jason Anderson (USA), Husqvarna, 5-3-2
4. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 8-5-4
Other KTM
10. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM, 12-4-14
11. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM, 10-16-5

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 4 of 17 rounds
1. Roczen, 92 points
2. Tomac, 84
3. Barcia, 81
Other KTM
5. Webb, 72 
10. Baggett, 55

Results 250SX West Class – Glendale 
1. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki, 1-1-3
2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha, 2-2-2
3. Michael Mosiman (USA), Husqvarna, 4-4-6
4. Brandon Hartranft (USA), KTM, 5-6-4
Other KTM
8. Derek Drake (USA), KTM, 10-3-13

Standings 250SX West Class 2020 after 4 of 10 rounds
1. Cooper, 86 points
2. Ferrandis, 83
3. Hartranft, 77
OTHER KTM
10. Drake, 48

2020 MotoGP KTM Team Presentation

KTM MOTOGP 2020: ALL EYES ON CHAPTER FOUR

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KTM MOTOGP 2020: ALL EYES ON CHAPTER FOUR

Tune in for exclusive video content, interviews and views from race management and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro and Brad Binder along with Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira and Iker Lecuona. Discover exclusive 2020 developments, season goals and expectations ahead of KTM’s fourth season in the MotoGP class.

When?
Tuesday 18th February

What time?
18.00 CET

Where?
Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for the following accounts:
-KTM and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
-Red Bull Motorsports
-Red Bull TV

Media assets will be posted in the KTM Media Library at:
Media.ktm.com

Contact:
Press & PR Manager
Sebastian Kuhn
+43 676 599 0084
sebastian.kuhn@ktm.com

Petr Pilat

PETR PILÁT TO LEAD KTM PRESENCE IN 2020 FMX

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The 29 year old will again benefit from latest spec two-stroke and four-stroke machinery from the factory for his training regime and calendar of international shows and competitions this season. Pilát, who is one of the principal FMX names from the Czech Republic and is known for his style, determination and initiatives such as the Petr Pilát Junior Academy, will jump with 250 SX motorcycles and will maintain a link with KTM that began back in 2005.

Among a busy schedule, Pilát can be seen in the Arenacross series in the UK, Night of the Jumps, Masters of Dirt, Night of Freestyle, Goodwood Festival and appearances at the Austrian MotoGP round at Red Bull Ring and the MXGP Grand Prix of Czech Republic later in the summer.

Petr Pilát“Another year of an epic association with KTM and I’m super-happy because I love the brand and the people at the factory. I’ve never had an issue with the bikes and they are perfect for what I need. 2019 wasn’t the best year for me even though I was really motivated. I had been working on two new tricks but then managed to break my foot and needed surgery. Unfortunately, I had an infection and a lot of pain. It meant another operation and four months of antibiotics, so I missed a lot of riding but managed to get back by the end of the year and finished 4th in the last round of the FIM World Championship in Bulgaria. Not a great result but after all I had been through it was a positive end. I’m fit and excited about 2020 and will start at the UK Arenacross series. Again, a big thanks to KTM and I’m really proud to be riding those orange bikes.”

Robert Jonas, VP Offroad: “Supporting Petr in his 2020 Freestyle season was again an interesting prospect for us. We are involved at a high and very visual level in every off-road racing discipline and FMX comes into our competitive programme. We also have to remember the close link to motocross. It’s a spectacular show and reveals how versatile our offroad models can be! We wish Petr a safe and successful year.”

SHAYNA TEXTER

SHAYNA TEXTER SIGNS A TWO-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM

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TEXTER SET TO COMPETE IN THE 2020 AMERICAN FLAT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SINGLES CLASS

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM Motorsports is pleased to announce that 18-time AFT Singles winner Shayna Texter has signed a two-year contract extension with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to compete in the American Flat Track Championship Singles class through the 2021 season.

Texter, a Pennsylvania native, will return aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, a bike that led her to three AFT Singles Main Event wins last season. As a part of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s debut season in 2019, Texter has been an integral part of the brand’s testing and development in American Flat Track racing. Finishing seventh overall in the series last season, Texter will look to improve her standing and go after even more race-wins in 2020.  

Shayna Texter: “It’s an honor to be continuing my relationship with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team. They have created a culture of winning that I am happy to be a part of. We learned so much together last season with the new team and we won three races together, but now we turn our attention toward 2020 with new goals that I look forward to accomplishing on a Red Bull KTM.”

Team Manager, Chris Fillmore: “We are very happy to have Shayna continue with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for another two years. She has proven that she can dominate on some of the most demanding circuits and also does a wonderful job representing herself, the team and the sport off the track. Starting a brand-new team can be an adjustment for everyone but we learned a lot through last season and going forward we’ll be better prepared, so this is a very motivating and exciting thing to be able to continue to work and grow with a rider like Shayna!”

The 2020 American Flat Track Championship kicks off on March 14 in Daytona Beach, Florida. For more information on the American Flat Track Championship, please visit their website https://www.americanflattrack.com.

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WALKER SECURES RUNNER-UP RESULT AT SUPERENDURO SPAIN

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Rnd 3, SuperEnduro 2020 - La Coruna, Spain

Delivering his best result of the series to date, Jonny Walker took another positive forward step in returning to his best having missed the 2019 indoor season due to injury. Putting together a memorable night, the British rider raced to a confidence-boosting runner-up result, placing just 14 points behind overall winner Billy Bolt.

On a course that proved decisively tricky, Walker found the perfect balance of speed and consistency and battled at the sharp end of the field in each of the night’s three races. Fourth quickest in the Akrapovic Superpole, he started out with a positive third in race one.

From a second row start in race two, Jonny steadily moved his way up the field to take second on lap four of nine. Shadowing race leader Billy Bolt, he applied pressure during the latter stages of the race to finish close behind and claim a well-deserved second place finish. Delivering another fast start in race three, Walker led the first three laps before eventually placing second.

Jonny Walker: “It’s been another good night and I feel like I’m showing that I’m making steps forward with each round. I’m delighted with second and another visit to the podium. On a tricky course I managed to get good starts and that made a big difference. I wasn’t always the fastest on the track, but I was consistently hitting my lines every lap, which was making things count. Looking at my results as a whole, I’ve improved each time. Fourth in Poland, third in Germany and now second tonight, that gives me a lot of confidence heading into the next round.”

Hoping to build on the winning result he earned last time out in Germany, Taddy Blazusiak didn’t have the night he hoped for in Spain. Never quite getting his best out of the technical course, numerous uncharacteristic mistakes hampered his progress.

After a strong ride to second in the opening race, his momentum unravelled in race two. A poor start forced him off the preferred racing line on numerous occasions as he battled his way forward, resulting in some costly crashes. Placing a close fourth, he recovered in race three for third and with it secured third overall on the night.

Taddy Blazusiak: “The track was the real decider tonight. It either worked for you or it tripped you up. Unfortunately, for the majority of the time it got the better of me. I felt like after practice I had it figured out and in race one I managed to get it right. You needed to let it come to you - in a way ride slow to go faster. In race two things sort of came undone and I made too many strange mistakes. It was the same in race three, too. But I’m experienced enough not to dwell on it. There’s a lot of racing left to go in this championship and I’m looking forward to returning to the stadium in Budapest where I know I can show what I’m capable of.”

The five-round FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with the penultimate stop in Budapest, Hungary on February 1, 2020.

Results - SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 3

Prestige Overall Event Classification
1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 63 points
2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 49 pts
3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 46 pts
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 39 pts
5. Blake Gutzeit (RSA), Husqvarna, 29 pts
Other KTM
6. William Hoare (GBR), KTM, 27 pts

Prestige Race 1
1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 10 laps, 7:26.266
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:37:779 +11.513
3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM 8:01.095 +34.829
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna 7:30.946 +1 lap
5. Tim Apolle (Sherco), 7:45.406 +1 lap
Other KTM
8. William Hoare (GBR), KTM, 8:12.591 +1 lap

Prestige Race 2
1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 9 laps, 6:52.472
2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 6:55.838 + 3:366
3. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:28.350 +35.878
4. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:29.412 +36.940
5. William Hoare (GBR), KTM, 7:40.302 +47.830

Prestige Race 3
1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 10 laps, 7:18.487
2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 7:51.089 +32.602
3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 7:57.309 +38.822
4. Blake Gutzeit (RSA), Husqvarna, 7:25.923 +1 lap
5. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:39.290 +1 lap
Other KTM
6. William Hoare (GBR), KTM, 8:03.260 +1 lap

Championship Standings (After round 3 of 5)
1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 169pts
2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 163pts
3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 136pts
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 126pts
5. Blake Gutzeit (RSA), Husqvarna, 78pts
Other KTM
9. William Hoare (GBR), KTM, 55 pts

WEBB PODIUM CROP

SUCCESSFUL NIGHT FOR THE RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM AT ANAHEIM II SX

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WEBB AND HARTRANFT SECURE PODIUM FINISHES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CLASSES

ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was a successful night in Anaheim for the KTM brand as both of its factory teams came away with podium finishes at Round 3 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship in Southern California. Starting with the premier 450SX class, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team returned to the podium once again at Angel Stadium with a solid third-place performance by Reigning Champion Cooper Webb. In the 250SX West division, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brandon Hartranft raced his way to a second-straight podium with another impressive third-place ride.

Coming off a tough finish in St. Louis last weekend due to an ongoing sickness, Webb was able to bounce back in Anaheim beginning with a solid sixth-place qualifying position. He went on to secure a good start in 450SX Heat 1, where he powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to second-place early on and he rode a great race to secure a runner-up finish in the heat. In the Main Event, Webb grabbed a top-five start and worked his way into second early on, dicing back-and-forth for a top position through the first half of the race. He fought his way back up to third at the halfway point and from there, he made a big charge to bring himself to within three seconds of the leader as they made their way through the finish. With a hard-fought effort, Webb was able to secure third overall for the night.

Cooper Webb: “It feels good to be up here on the podium, it’s been a tough start to the season. I went to the doctor on Monday after A1 and found out I had the flu and strep [throat] so it was a tough week leading up to St. Louis. It was a good learning experience for me and this week was much better, I was able to ride and train a little bit more. I’m pumped to be up here and we were pretty dang close [to the winner] so I can’t complain.”

It was another solid day for the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team as Brandon Hartranft made his second-career podium appearance on Saturday. Hartranft powered his KTM 250 SX-F to a top-five start in the Main Event, where he battled for the fifth-place position early on. Halfway through the 18-lap race he made his move into fifth and from there he positioned himself just outside the podium battle. On the final lap, Hartranft capitalized on a mistake by another rider and from there he maintained his composure to ride his way to a third-place finish.

Brandon Hartranft: “It feels just as good [to get on the podium] as last weekend, I am so happy. I’m starting to believe in myself a lot more. I definitely want to win – that’s the main goal – but I’m just going to take it step by step and make the weeks count.”

Next Race: Glendale, Arizona – January 25, 2020

Results 450SX Class – Anaheim II 
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 24 laps
2. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, +1.979
3. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +3.186
Other KTM
13. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM
14. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM
16. Justin Bogle (USA), KTM

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 3 of 17 rounds
1. Roczen, 66 points
2. Barcia, 63
3. Tomac, 61
Other KTM
6. Webb, 53
10. Baggett, 42 

Results 250SX West Class – Anaheim II 
1. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha, 18 laps
2. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha, +21.013
3. Brandon Hartranft (USA), KTM, +25.987
Other KTM
10. Killian Auberson (USA), KTM
18. Derek Drake (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX West Class 2020 after 3 of 10 rounds
1. Cooper, 72 points
2. Ferrandis, 60 
3. Hartranft, 58
OTHER KTM
11. Drake, 33

Toby Price - KTM 450 RALLY - 2020 Dakar Rally

PODIUM RESULT FOR PRICE AT 2020 DAKAR RALLY

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Dakar Rally 2020 – Stage 12

Lying third overall going into the 447-kilometer 12th and final stage of the event it was always going to be a huge ask for Toby Price to make up the necessary time on the race leader. The 2019 champion didn’t give up, giving his all on the final 374-kilometer timed special, ultimately posting the third-fastest time.

Claiming two stage wins during the course of the event, the outgoing champion has shown incredible pace, resolve and compassion to bring his KTM 450 RALLY home safely and inside the top three.

Toby Price: “I’m really happy with another podium at the Dakar – every time I’ve made it to the finish at this event I’ve got onto the podium. So far, I’m either a number one or a number three guy. The most important thing is to be here safely at the finish. Obviously, we came here to win, but it just wasn’t our year. Yeah, after 18 wins in a row it would have been nice to get a 19th, but I think KTM’s winning streak won’t be topped for a very long time. We’ll go away now, regroup and come back stronger for 2021 and take that number one plate back.”

The majority of Matthias Walkner’s 2019 season was spent recovering from injury, with the Austrian working hard to arrive at this year’s Dakar fit and strong and ready to take on the new chapter in the event’s history. Showing great pace throughout the event, Matthias’ consistency paid off, claiming four top-three stage results on his way to securing fifth overall. Happy with his result on what has been an extremely demanding event, the 2018 Dakar Champion is now aiming to be back stronger than ever next year.

Matthias Walkner: “Firstly, it feels really good to cross the finish line, especially after such a fast Dakar in a new country. For sure, I’m not so happy with my result as my goal was to reach the podium. I know I made some mistakes in the first week where I lost some time, and it was very difficult to make that back up – especially as so many riders were competitive this year. The good thing is, I felt good with my speed and my navigation for most of the rally. Unfortunately, even with 11 good days, one bad day can spoil your race in rallying. Overall, I’m happy because I know I did my best and the team and the bike have been perfect.”

Luciano Benavides put in another strong ride on the final stage of the event to place fourth and move himself one place higher in the overall standings to sixth. In what has easily been his best Dakar to date, the young Argentinian’s run of consistency was impressive – only once finishing outside the top eight over the entire event. By focusing on his navigation where necessary and knowing when it was safe to push, Luciano demonstrated great maturity and skill and now looks forward to the remainder of the 2020 season and his return to Dakar early in 2021.

Luciano Benavides: “It’s been a really tough Dakar and a very crazy race with lots of ups and downs. Overall, I have really enjoyed it and I’m happy to be here at the finish line. I knew this year would be a big challenge and would be a new experience for everyone, so my plan was to take it day by day and the main goal was always just to finish safely. I’m very happy with my pace, I have learnt so much and was able to really use that knowledge at this year’s event. So many riders were competitive, with times very close on a lot of the stages, so to come away with sixth overall is great. I’m really looking forward to the coming season now.”

Jordi Viladoms – KTM Rally Team Manager: “Obviously, we didn’t get the result here in Saudi Arabia we were hoping for, but if we are going to take one positive from this it’s that it will give us more energy over the coming season to improve and come back even stronger. I am incredibly proud of the whole KTM team – it has been a tough two weeks here for all members, but we have worked hard and secured some excellent results. The Dakar is a long race and as we have seen in the past anything can happen. The second week started terribly for everyone after losing Paulo, but despite the setbacks, everyone battled through to the end – no one more so than Toby. He has maintained his focus and has come out of it on the podium. It was always going to be hard to keep up our winning streak at such a tough event, but we accept the result, congratulate the winners and promise that we’ll be back even stronger next year.”

Provisional Results Stage 12 – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 1:28:15
2. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 1:29:08 +0:53
3. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 1:30:40 +2:25
4. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 1:31:24 +3:09
5. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 1:31:38 +3:23
Other KTM
12. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 1:34:15 +6:00
29. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 1:44:37 +16:22

Provisional Standings (after stage 12) – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 40:02:36
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 40:19:02 +16:26
3. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 40:26:42 +24:06
4. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 40:34:19 +31:43
5. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 40:37:36 +35:00
Other KTM
6. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 40:40:10 +37:34
9. Skyler Howes (USA), KTM, 42:06:37 +2:04:01
32. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 48:46:45 +8:44:09

Matthias Walkner - KTM 450 RALLY - 2020 Dakar Rally

SECOND PLACE FINISH FOR MATTHIAS WALKNER ON DAKAR RALLY STAGE 11

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Thursday at the Dakar marked the second half of the event’s marathon stage. After camping out in a temporary bivouac at Shubaytah the night before, riders entered today’s special running the same tyres and having carried out the minimum of maintenance due to no outside assistance being permitted overnight.

Featuring a mixture of sandy terrains, competitors were presented with a fast but demanding 379-kilometre timed special for stage 11. With less technical navigation, the real challenge for all was managing fuel levels, with the soft sand causing many to come close to running out by mid-stage.

Matthias Walkner came close to running out before the refuelling stop. Maximising the performance of his KTM 450 RALLY while pushing hard to catch the riders ahead, the Austrian was thankfully able to carry on and challenge Pablo Quintanilla for the stage win. Briefly taking the lead at kilometre 324, Matthias ultimately lost out on the stage win by just nine seconds.

Matthias Walkner: “I had a really good stage today and made the most of my good start position to really push the tracks left by the guys in front. I was riding at 100% for the entire special. I ran out of fuel about two kilometres before the refuelling but was able to lie the bike on its side to get the last bit to the pump and luckily it was just enough to carry on. I made up some good time today, but with just one stage left it’ll be tough to make up much more time. I’ll definitely give it my best and aim for a strong finish to the rally.”

Luciano Benavides also claimed his best stage result of the 2020 event today, finishing third to solidify his seventh position in the overall provisional standings. Luciano now sits just under three minutes behind the sixth-placed rider. Enjoying an excellent day in the dunes, Luciano was able to catch teammate Price from where the Red Bull KTM teammates rode together to the finish. Looking forward to tomorrow’s stage 12, Luciano hopes to close his 2020 Dakar campaign with another strong result.

Luciano Benavides: “It was a really nice day today and the first time we crossed some big dunes, so I like that a lot. I was really worried about the fuel, so I eased off before the refuelling but made it ok. After that I caught the group in front and rode with them for the rest of the stage – just trying my best not to make any mistakes and get to the finish safely. I’m really happy because there’s just one more day to go now and I hope I can finish this Dakar strong.”

Putting in a solid performance on stage 11 to claim fifth, Toby Price finished just under six minutes down on eventual winner Quintanilla. Getting his head down right from the start of the stage, Toby soon caught the riders ahead where he then found it difficult to make up any more time and was forced to ride in a group to the finish. Third overall going into the final stage, the reigning Dakar Champion hopes to conclude his time in Saudi Arabia safely and challenge for an overall podium result.

Toby Price: “I was able to make up a fair amount of time today but with the stage cut short yesterday it was difficult to get enough people between myself and the leaders. All-in-all it’s been a good day with very similar conditions to yesterday really – very fast and open. The sand has made for some tough going and like a few people today, I nearly ran out of fuel before kilometre 229. I managed to get in with about one litre left in the tank. One day to go now and I’m still feeling good so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

KTM Factory Racing’s Mario Patrao competed stage 11 in 42nd position and lies 32nd overall.

Stage 12 of the 2020 Dakar Rally marks the final day of racing. Covering a total of 447 kilometres and including a timed special of 374 kilometres, the stage will lead riders from Haradh to the finish at Qiddiya.

Provisional Results Stage 11 – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 4:09:22
2. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 4:09:31 +0:09
3. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 4:12:10 +2:48
4. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 4:12:15 +02:53
5. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 4:15:11 +5:49
Other KTM
42. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 5:29:47 +1:20:25

Provisional Standings (after stage 11) – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 38:33:28
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 38:47:24 +13:56
3. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 38:56:02 +22:34
4. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 39:03:21 +29:53
5. Joan Barreda (ARG), Honda, 39:03:37 +30:09
Other KTM
7. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 39:08:46 +35:18
9. Skyler Howes (USA), KTM, 40:32:57 +1:59:29
32. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 47:29:24 +8:55:56

Toby Price - KTM 450 RALLY - 2020 Dakar Rally (1)

RED BULL KTM RIDERS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE SHORTENED STAGE 10 OF 2020 DAKAR RALLY

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Stage 10 of the 2020 Dakar Rally was set to truly test all competitors and their machines with a long 534-kilometre timed special from Haradh to the temporary overnight bivouac at Shubaytah. In the interest of safety and due to the deterioration of the weather, the stage was cut short at kilometre 345, with riders then travelling to the marathon bivouac untimed.

Second into the day’s stage, Toby Price had little in the way of tracks to follow as he made his way through the fast, off-piste route. Despite some challenging navigation, which caught many riders out, the experienced Price was able to make his way cleanly to the refuelling stop. With the stage then shortened, Price was credited with fourth fastest, just under three minutes down on the stage winner.

Toby Price: “My day has gone well. It’s a little frustrating that the stage was cut short as I was planning on finishing a little further back to make up more time tomorrow. It is what it is and of course it was definitely the right decision to make regards safety. The good news is, the bike’s in good shape and we’re all ready for tomorrow. Unfortunately, I’ll still be starting quite near the front, so it’ll be tough to make up a lot of time on the leaders, but I’m feeling strong and looking forward to the last couple of days.”

Enjoying the day’s stage, Luciano Benavides put in another strong ride from his seventh-place starting position to move up into fifth by the fourth checkpoint. Placed seventh in the provisional overall standings, the young Argentinian trails teammate Walkner by just three minutes.

Luciano Benavides: “It was a good stage for me today – really fast, off-piste at the beginning with lots of broken dunes. There was one section with really tricky navigation, where a lot of people got lost. I did well there and got through without making too many mistakes and arrived at the refuelling in about fourth or fifth. After that, I had been looking forward to the last part of the stage through the big dunes, but with the stage cut short we didn’t get to see that. My bike is good, with no problems, so I’m ready for tomorrow.”

As the 10th rider into stage 10, Matthias Walkner was aiming to maximise the advantage of his later start position, hoping to claw back valuable minutes on the front-runners. Showing great speed during the opening 200 kilometres, the 2018 Dakar Champion was running second, and looking to progress further on the latter half of the stage. With visibility deteriorating, Matthias was forced to ease off a little and reached the revised finish in sixth place, five minutes down on the leader.

Matthias Walkner: “It was a strange day today and quite tricky in places. The first 100 kilometres went well, navigation was ok and I made up some good time. At around kilometre 200 the wind was really strong so that made it hard to see the pistes, visibility was bad too and I ended up making a small mistake that cost me a couple of minutes. I really enjoyed the stage and it’s a shame it was shortened, but this is the race and we still have two unpredictable days to go.”

KTM Factory Racing’s Mario Patrao rode a solid stage 10 to arrive safely at the bivouac in 34th place. The experienced Portuguese rider is invaluable on the marathon stages due to his mechanical knowledge and ability to advise and assist his teammates, if needed. Thankfully, with the stage shortened, his tasks this year were lessened, with all riders reaching the finish without incident.

Stage 11 of the 2020 Dakar Rally – the second leg of the marathon stage and the penultimate day of racing – will cover a total of 744 kilometres and include a timed special of 379 kilometres. Although stage 10 was shortened, riders will still need to care for their machines and tyres in order to complete the stage successfully.

Provisional Results Stage 10 – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 2:11:42
2. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 2:12:49 +1:07
3. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 2:12:49 + 2:31
4. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 2:14:39 +2:57
5. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 2:15:56 +4:14
Other KTM
6. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 2:17:05 +5:23
8. Ross Branch (BWA), KTM, 2:20:27 +8:45
34. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 2:47:31 +35:49

Provisional Standings (after stage 10) – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 34:12:18
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 34:38:02 +25:44
3. Joan Barreda (ARG), Honda, 34:39:27 +27:09
4. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 34:40:51 +28:33
5. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 34:53:49 +41:31
Other KTM
6. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 34:53:50 +41:32
7. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 34:56:36 +44:18
8. Skyler Howes (USA), KTM, 35:55:39 +1:43:21
10. Stefan Svitko (SVK), KTM, 36:14:28 +2:02:10
33. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 41:59:37 +7:47:19

Toby Price - KTM 450 RALLY - 2020 Dakar Rally (2)

TOBY PRICE RUNNER-UP ON LONG AND DEMANDING DAKAR RALLY STAGE NINE

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With stage eight of the rally cancelled in memory of Paulo Goncalves, the motorcycle class returned to action early this morning with the 886-kilometre stage nine from Wadi Al Dawasir to Haradh. Crossing the Saudi Arabian ‘Empty Quarter’ riders were faced with a wide variety of terrain including dirt, sand and stony tracks as they navigated around canyons and riverbeds.

Following an extremely tough stage seven on Sunday, Toby Price did his best to regroup and focus for today’s stage nine. Seventh into the 410-kilometre special, Price was immediately on the pace – posting the quickest time to the first checkpoint. With the stage proving to be relatively straightforward, times at the top between the front runners were very tight. Ultimately placing second at the finish, Toby was just under two minutes behind stage winner Pablo Quintanilla.

Toby Price: “It’s been a long day today and with it being so fast, it’s was really difficult to make up any time on the others as we’re all so close on these full-gas stages. Obviously, it’s been a really tough day mentally but we’re still cruising along in the race and the main goal as always is to make it safely to the finish line. We entered the Empty Quarter a little today but to be honest we only had 30 kilometres or so of dunes. I’m hoping these next few days will feature more. There’s definitely a lot of kilometres left to go so we’ll just try and keep it on two wheels.”

Once again showing great consistency, Luciano Benavides carefully navigated through the hard-packed stage of day nine to finish seventh, just over six minutes down on the leader. As a testament to his speed, the young Argentinian lies seventh overall in the provisional rally standings. With three days left to race, Luciano is looking forward to tomorrow’s opening half of the marathon stage.

Luciano Benavides: “We started really early this morning, so it’s been a long day on the bike. It’s definitely been tougher mentally today, the stage itself was not too hard. I tried to clear my mind this morning and focus just on the racing. I enjoyed the stage, it started off really technical and reminded me a lot of Morocco, where I have done well. Later on, we had some fast river sections and I took it a little easier through there. Ricky Brabec passed me and from then on we rode together to the finish, with me just ahead on the last few kilometres. All-in-all I’m happy with my day today and looking forward to the marathon stage tomorrow.”

Matthias Walkner had a tougher time on the day’s special – eventually bringing his KTM 450 RALLY home in 10th place. Taking time to feel comfortable, the Austrian initially chose to concentrate on his navigation to avoid any mistakes on the challenging terrain. With a change of surface also bringing renewed confidence, Matthias was able to push on. Despite a small navigational error costing him some time in the latter part of the stage, the 2018 Dakar Champion was able to safely complete the day in 10th.

Matthias Walkner: “I think the toughest part of today was the 318 kilometres of liaison this morning – it felt really long and very cold. Over the first 60 kilometres of the special I didn’t feel too good – I struggled to find a good rhythm on the broken, stony pistes. Afterwards the terrain changed a little with small round rocks through riverbeds and I felt a lot more comfortable there. I rode most of the second half of the special on my own and only made one small mistake that cost me a couple of minutes. It wasn’t the best day for me but I’m happy to get to the finish. We’ve got three long days to go, so I’ll continue to do my best.”

Continuing to put in solid rides each day of the rally, KTM Factory Racing’s Mario Patrao completed stage nine as 25th fastest. The experienced Portuguese rider was happy with his performance and now looks ahead to the gruelling marathon stage of days 10 and 11 where he will be present to assist his team to the best of his abilities.

Mario Patrao: “It was a good stage today despite it being very cold from the start. I found it hard to concentrate at the beginning but was able to eventually feel a little more comfortable again. The bike has been great and is perfect for tomorrow’s marathon stage.”

Stage 10 of the 2020 Dakar Rally marks the first half of the second week’s marathon stage. Riders will first complete a 534-kilometre timed special on Wednesday before staying overnight in the marathon bivouac at Shubaytah and returning on Thursday to Haradh. No outside assistance is allowed on the marathon stage so competitors must conserve their tyres and machines in order to complete the challenging two days without incurring a penalty.

Provisional Results Stage Nine – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 3:30:33
2. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 3:32:27 +1:54
3. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 3:33:15 +2:42
4. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 3:34:28 +3:55
5. Ross Branch (BWA), KTM, 3:36:03 +5:30
Other KTM
7. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 3:36:41 +6:08
10. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 4:40:39 +4:17
25. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 3:57:28 +26:55

Provisional Standings (after stage nine) – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 31:59:29
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 32:20:22 +20:53
3. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 32:26:12 +26:43
4. Joan Barreda (ARG), Honda, 32:27:45 +28:16
5. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 32:28:58 +29:29
Other KTM
6. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 32:36:45 +37:16
7. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 32:40:40 +41:11
9. Skyler Howes (USA), KTM, 33:23:53 +1:24:24
10. Stefan Svitko (SVK), KTM, 33:30:04 +1:30:35
35. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 39:12:06 +7:12:37

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NATHAN WATSON IN COMMAND ON FRENCH SAND

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The penultimate stop of the CFS: Championnat de France des Sables saw competitors travel to the south west of France, near Bordeaux, for round five. A mixture of a high-speed sandy beach and rough dunes ensured a thorough and demanding test for all at Grayan-et-L’Hopital. High tides resulted in the original three-hour race distance being cut short to just over two hours.

Disappointed with missing out on victory last time out at Hossegor, Watson was determined to return to his winning ways at Grayan-et-L’Hopital. A course he favours, the young British rider wasted no time in positioning himself at the head of the field. Claiming a top-five start, he powered his KTM 450 SX-F into the lead on the opening lap.

Comfortable out front he set the pace, pulling one minute and 20 seconds clear of his rivals as the race entered its latter stages. However, unaware that organisers had cut the race distance from three hours to just over two because of a turning tide, Watson still completed his three scheduled fuel stops. Without risk of losing position, he went on to win by almost 50 seconds.

Nathan Watson: “Overall, I had a really great race today. As beach races go, this one went pretty much perfectly. I’m not sure what it is about this place but I enjoy coming here and love the mixture of open high-speed beach and rough sections in the surrounding forest. We made some changes to the bike to allow for more power and speed and that helped me get a good start. I was about top five, but made some quick overtakes and hit the front on the opening lap. I was able to lead every lap and felt comfortable controlling the pace. Towards the end the organisers cut the race short. I could have avoided an extra fuel stop to save time, but I had already done my three stops at that point, so although I lost time there thankfully it all worked out ok. It’s the final push now towards Enduropale du Touquet. I feel in a good place and go there confident and focused on defending my crown.”

Once again proving himself as the fastest starter in the series, Chapeliere recorded another holeshot on his KTM 450 SX-F. Settling into a battle with the leading three riders, the Frenchman fought hard for a podium result during the 11-lap race. However, unaware that the race distance was reduced, Camille unnecessarily took his final fuel stop costing him precious time. Unable to recover, he frustratingly had to settle for fourth, just missing out on a top-three result by one minute.

Camille Chapeliere: “I feel like a podium result was possible today, so I’m disappointed a little with fourth. I was having a good race, battling for the top three all the way through. I got the holeshot and put myself in a good position. But towards the end of the race nobody told my team that it had been shortened and as a result I did an extra fuel stop, which cost me a better result. It’s frustrating, but it is what it is. With le Touquet next, I’ve shown this year that my starts are good and my speed is strong, so I’ll go there wanting to settle for nothing less than a podium result.”

The CFS: Championnat de France des Sables concludes with round seven at Enduropale du Touquet on 2 February.

Results - CFS: Championnat de France des Sables 2019/20 - Round 6: Grayan-et-L’Hopital

1. Nathan Watson (GBR), KTM, 11 laps, 2:17.750
2. Todd Kellett (GBR), Yamaha, 2:18.11.260 +49.510
3. Milko Potisek (FRA), Yamaha, 2:19:08.530 +1:46.780
4. Camille Chapeliere (FRA) KTM, 2:20:09.170 +2:47.420
5. Richard Fura (FRA), Yamaha, 2:24.39.880 +7:18.130
Other KTM
6. Jeremy Hauquier (FRA), KTM, 2:17:46.780 +13:52.480

Championship Standings - CFS: Championnat de France des Sables 2019/20 (Round 6)

1. Nathan Watson (GBR) KTM, 720pts
2. Todd Kellett (GBR), Yamaha, 645pts
3. Camille Chapeliere (FRA), KTM, 556pts
4. Jeremy Hauquier (FRA), KTM, 478pts
5. Damien Prevot (FRA), Kawasaki, 455pts

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RED BULL KTM ROCKED BY THE DEATH OF PAULO GONCALVES

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The start of the second half of the 2020 Dakar Rally has been overshadowed by the untimely death of Paulo Goncalves – the experienced rally racer who for many years has competed shoulder-to-shoulder with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and its riders.

Casting a dark shadow over the 741-kilometre stage, the experienced 40-year-old Portuguese racer was competing in his 13th Dakar.

As a mark of respect, tomorrow’s stage eight from Wadi Al-Dawasir to Wadi Al-Dawasir has been cancelled, for the motorcycle class, by event organisers ASO.

The Red Bull KTM Rally team and all at KTM wish Paulo’s family, team and friends their sincerest condolences.

Jordi Viladoms – KTM Rally Team Manager: “It has been an extremely sad day for the rally family and of course we send our condolences to Paulo’s family and friends. He was very much loved in the paddock – not only a great rider but also an amazing person and a legend of our sport. Obviously, the news has shocked us deeply, but no one more so than Toby, who was the first to reach Paulo after his crash. We are thankful that in respect for Paulo’s loved ones, and to pay tribute to a great man, tomorrow’s stage will be cancelled for the motorcycles. A day without racing will give all riders the chance to remember Paulo and clear their heads before continuing on Tuesday. Of course, we all hope for a safe finish to the event.”

HARTRANFT PODIUM

TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL KTM’S BRANDON HARTRANFT EARNS FIRST-CAREER 250SX PODIUM

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – It was an exciting night for Brandon Hartranft and the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team as the 250SX West rider earned his first-career podium finish on Saturday night with an impressive third-place at Round 2 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Things didn’t quite go to plan for reigning 450SX Champion Cooper Webb, who came into the weekend still fighting a lingering illness from the previous round. After qualifying in 14th, Webb lined up in 450SX Heat 1, where he got off to a fourth-place start aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. He rode a solid pace throughout the heat to ultimately secure a fourth-place transfer into the Main Event. In the Main, Webb didn’t get the best start as he rounded the opening lap in 15th. Despite being under the weather, he dug deep and charged ahead to ultimately salvage 12th for the night.

Cooper Webb: “Tonight definitely didn’t end up how I had wanted it to. I struggled all day to get comfortable and unfortunately, I was just not able to make it happen tonight. We are going to regroup, work on getting healthy and hopefully get back up on the podium next weekend in Anaheim.”

Webb’s teammate, Marvin Musquin, will miss the entire 2020 AMA Supercross Championship due to a leg injury sustained during the off-season. Musquin recently underwent surgery to repair his left knee and he is now concentrating on intense therapy to heal over the next few months.

In the 250SX Western Regional division, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brandon Hartranft powered his KTM 250 SX-F to a top three start in the Main Event, where he set himself up in a favorable top-five position early on. He moved into podium contention with five laps to go and he held strong in the final laps to ultimately secure a career-best finish of third.

Brandon Hartranft: “Honestly, I’m still in shock about what happened tonight, this podium couldn’t have come at a better time for me. The team and I have put in a lot of work this off-season and I definitely couldn’t have done this without them!”

Next Race: Anaheim, California – January 18, 2020

Results 450SX Class – St. Louis 
1. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, 24 laps
2. Justin Barcia (USA), Yamaha, +4.794
3. Jason Anderson (USA), Husqvarna, +8.742
Other KTM
9. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM
12. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM
15. Justin Bogle (USA), KTM
22. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 2 of 17 rounds
1. Barcia, 49 points
2. Roczen, 43
3. Cianciarulo, 39
Other KTM
6. Baggett, 33
7. Webb, 32

Results 250SX West Class – St. Louis 
1. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki, 18 laps
2. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha, +1.639
3. Brandon Hartranft (USA), KTM, +17.560
Other KTM
10. Derek Drake (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX West Class 2020 after 2 of 10 rounds
1. Cooper, 49 points
2. Forkner, 44
3. Hartranft, 37
OTHER KTM
8. Drake, 28

Toby Price - KTM 450 RALLY - 2020 Dakar Rally (3)

RED BULL KTM READY TO RACE DAKAR WEEK TWO

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As always at the Dakar, racing has been unpredictable. With organisers presenting all competitors with one of the toughest routes in recent years, navigation, endurance and machine reliability have all come into play in deciding each day’s results.

Despite some mixed fortunes during the first half of the race, Toby Price’s pace is unquestionable. With two stage wins, the reigning champion has shown he means business and, lying third in the standings, the Australian is still very much in the hunt for overall victory.

Matthias Walkner has shown both maturity and a strong pace in Saudi Arabia. The Austrian rider’s consistency has paid off, and with the toughest six stages left to race he is confident of a strong final result. Currently sixth in the standings, just eight minutes down on Price, Matthias knows the most critical stages are still to come.

Riding in only his third Dakar Rally, Luciano Benavides has also maintained a solid pace, no matter the terrain. Making the minimum of errors despite having raced for over 24 hours, the young Argentinian lies seventh in the overall standings and is fully focused on fighting for his best Dakar result to date.

Jordi Viladoms – KTM Rally Team Manager: “Up until now the rally has been incredibly tough, especially in terms of the navigation. With so many pistes and a mixture of terrain, competitors have found it very difficult to know which route to follow. On the long stages this makes things extremely tiring and the riders have to focus for so long that mistakes and crashes can happen. It’s nothing new and we are used to this at the Dakar.

“Luckily all the riders are in a position where they can attack on the second week. We unfortunately lost Sam of course, which was a shame as the terrain we’re facing now often favours him. Toby, Matthias and Luciano are all in good positions and the gaps are manageable – we just need to stay focused as a team and work out our strategy for the important days to come. This time last year, Toby was very close to stopping the race due to his injury. This year he has some stage wins and definitely has the pace to challenge for the win.

“On the sportive side, the race has been a huge success. We were promised tough terrain and navigation and that is certainly what the organisers have given us. I think it is very good for the sport and we have a lot more to explore here in Saudi Arabia over the next few years. Looking ahead, we will have a lot more of the stages ridden in the dunes but there are still some more technical, rocky sections that will test everyone. I think the marathon stage will be the real decider in this year’s race – at the end of stage 11 we should know who has a good chance to take the overall win on the final day."

The six final days of racing at the 2020 Dakar Rally continue with the 741-kilometre stage seven. Including the longest timed special of the event at 546 kilometres, the mixed-terrain leg will lead riders south from Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasir. Navigation will again prove incredibly tough with riders also battling fatigue on the extensive route.

Provisional Standings (after stage six) – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 23:43:47
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 24:04:43 +20:56
3. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 24:09:26 +25:39
4. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 24:09:28 +25:41
5. Joan Barreda (ARG), Honda, 24:16:45 +32:58
Other KTM
6. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 24:17:26 +33:39
7. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 24:22:49 +39:02
8. Skyler Howes (USA), KTM, 24:48:37 +1:04:50
9. Stefan Svitko (SVK), KTM, 24:51:36 +1:07:49
37. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 30:02:04 +6:18:17

Matthias Walkner - KTM 450 RALLY - 2020 Dakar Rally (1)

MATTHIAS WALKNER CLAIMS THIRD ON STAGE SIX OF 2020 DAKAR RALLY

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The organisers set out to test competitors on the final leg of racing before the rest day with a long 830-kilometre stage incorporating a 477-kilometre special ridden entirely in sand. Riders had to conserve their fuel, their machines as well as their energy on what many are calling the toughest stage of the rally so far.

2018 Dakar Champion Matthias Walkner once again put in a superb ride, maintaining a strong pace throughout the long desert stage to ultimately place third fastest, less than three minutes down on the stage winner. In keeping to a solid yet consistent speed, the Austrian was able to move through the field without making any mistakes. Going into Saturday’s rest day, Matthias lies sixth overall in the provisional overall standings.

Matthias Walkner: “It was a very intense stage today – very long and maybe 80 percent full gas the whole way. It was tough both physically and mentally and I’m glad of the rest day tomorrow. My pace was good today, I felt comfortable and didn’t make any mistakes. With the first half of the rally done I think we are in good shape – everyone is really fast this year and it’s going to be close. The goal, as always, is to make it safely to the end, so hopefully I’ll have a good second half to the rally.”

Argentinian Luciano Benavides was the eighth rider to enter the timed special on stage six and as such had the advantage of being able to chase down the riders ahead. Navigating well, while pushing hard, the FIM Junior Cross-Country Rallies World Champion closed in to around three minutes of the leader at the final checkpoint, completing the stage in an excellent fifth place.

Luciano Benavides: “The first part of the stage today was really nice – I enjoyed it a lot. My brother caught me and we were riding together for a good while. It was a tough stage, like every stage so far. It’s really good to finish fifth, which sets me up well for the next half of the rally. I’m pleased with my riding and the bike feels great – I’ve really found a good rhythm this year.”

Day five winner Toby Price had the unenviable task of leading the motorcycle class out into the longest timed special of the rally so far. Despite the disadvantage, Price rode impeccably, carrying good speed over the Saudi sand and navigating well at the front. With the best part of the stage complete, a technical issue forced the Australian to stop. Price lost around 10 minutes and finished 11th fastest on the stage. However, with six days of racing remaining, Price still lies in a provisional third overall and is fully focused on regaining the lead of the rally.

Toby Price: “It’s been a long stage today with long liaisons, definitely one of the toughest so far. Leading out was going really well for most of the day – I was navigating good, my pace was good, but then at about 390 kilometres I had an issue and had no choice but to stop. Luckily another rider was able to help me out and I got going again. I lost some time, which is frustrating but we’re only at the halfway point now and there’s a long way to go.”

KTM Factory Racing's Mario Patrao completed the long stage six in 33rd position. The popular Portuguese rider now sits in 37th overall and looks forward to the second half of the 12-stage event.

With six days of racing complete, Saturday offers a rest day for all competitors at the bivouac in Riyadh. The rally continues on Sunday with the 741-kilometre stage seven to Wadi Al Dawasir.

Provisional Results Stage Six – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 4:36:28
2. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 4:38:02 +1:34
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 4:39:13 +2:45
4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna 4:41:23 +4:55
5. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 4:41:30 +5:02
Other KTM
9. Stefan Svitko (SVK), KTM, 4:47:24 +10:56
10. Skyler Howes (USA), KTM, 4:51:31 +15:03
11. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 4:53:01 +16:33
33. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 5:27:00 +50:32

Provisional Standings (after stage six) – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 23:43:47
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 24:04:43 +20:56
3. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 24:09:26 +25:39
4. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 24:09:28 +25:41
5. Joan Barreda (ARG), Honda, 24:16:45 +32:58
Other KTM
6. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 24:17:26 +33:39
7. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 24:22:49 +39:02
8. Skyler Howes (USA), KTM, 24:48:37 +1:04:50
9. Stefan Svitko (SVK), KTM, 24:51:36 +1:07:49
37. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 30:02:04 +6:18:17

Sam Sunderland - KTM 450 RALLY - 2020 Dakar Rally

PRICE AND SUNDERLAND FINISH TOP 10 ON DAKAR STAGE FOUR

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Following the shortened stage three, day four of the 2020 Dakar Rally saw riders leave Neom and head east to Al-‘Ula. Racing over fast, rock-strewn tracks, riders had to focus intently on their road books to avoid mistakes. With the most challenging terrain and navigation found during the last 50 kilometres, the stage was a true test of endurance for the competitors, who raced for close to four and a half hours.

FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion Sam Sunderland faced a tough start to his fourth day at this year’s Dakar. Finishing 15th on the previous stage meant the British rider was forced to chase down and overtake several riders ahead of him in order to make up valuable minutes on the leaders. Despite clouds of dust impairing his vision, and speed, for the first half of the special, Sam kept his head down and was able to push harder over the final 150 kilometres. Fastest on the stage, a five-minute penalty imposed afterward relegated Sunderland to eighth in the provisional results.

Sam Sunderland: “I really had to work hard today. Starting so late there was a lot of dust over the first half of the stage, but luckily I was able to pass a group of riders right before the refuelling stop and after that I could really push on. I kept a good rhythm and concentrated on my notes because navigation was really tricky again today. It’s been a really difficult, difficult day but in the end I was able to bring it home safely and with a good time.”

Putting in a consistent pace throughout today’s stage, Toby Price finished as sixth fastest, just less than three minutes behind the day’s winner. Fourth overall going into stage five, Price will enjoy a strong start position tomorrow and aims to chase down the riders ahead.

Toby Price: “It’s been a good solid day’s riding for me, I made a few mistakes but nothing major. I don’t want to bash myself up or bend the bike so I’ve just tried to ride consistently and stay in touch with the other guys. We’re still in contention and there’s still a long way to go.”

Luciano Benavides showed good speed on the first half of the day’s special, carefully navigating his way through the fast, rocky tracks and canyons. A couple of small mistakes unfortunately cost him some time and upset his rhythm for the final third of the stage. The young Argentinian still sits eighth overall however and is keen to maintain his form on the run into the dunes on Thursday’s stage five.

Luciano Benavides: “I found it quite tough today – the navigation was really tricky, especially as the speeds were high over quite rocky tracks. I made a few mistakes and had one small crash too, which lost me some time. I’m a little disappointed with my position, but with tomorrow looking like quite a similar type of stage my plan is to focus, stay safe and try to finish in a good position.”

Enjoying a strong pace on the high-speed tracks leaving Neom, Matthias Walkner worked his way up to fourth by kilometre-243. The Austrian then made a couple of errors on his road book, which unfortunately cost him over 10 minutes due to needing to re-find his way. Feeling fit and happy with his KTM 450 RALLY’s performance however, Walkner knows he has a good chance to make up that time on tomorrow’s 353-kilometre special.

Matthias Walkner: “Everything was going well today right up until kilometre-290. I missed a couple of notes in the road book and ended up losing a lot of time. It’s frustrating when you can ride really well for five hours and then such a small mistake can cost you so much time. Thankfully, I’m here safe at the finish line because the stage was really fast today with a lot of rocks. The race is long, so I’ll continue to focus and do my best every day.”

Stage five of the 2020 Dakar Rally will take riders from Al-‘Ula to Ha’il. The 564-kilometre route includes a timed special of 353 kilometres that will cover a mixture of dirt and rocks before opening out into the dunes for the latter half of the stage.

Provisional Results Stage Four – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 4:24:51
2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 4:25:26 +35 seconds
3. Ross Branch (BWA), KTM, 4:25:46 +55 seconds
4. Paulo Goncalves (POR), Hero, 4:27:02 +2:11
5. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 4:27:39 +2.48
Other KTM
6. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 4:27:50 +2:59
8. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 4:29:40 +4:49
20 Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 4:39:49 +14:58
26. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 4:48:40 +23:49
42. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 5:21:29 +56:38

Provisional Standings (after stage four) – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 15:06:43
2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 15:09:13 +2:30
3. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 15:15:14 +8:31
4. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 15:18:52 +12:09
5. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 15:24:35 +17:52
Other KTM
6. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 15:25:54 +19:11
8. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 15:33:13 +26:30
9. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 15:33:46 +27:03
43. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 19:47:54 +4:41:11

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MATTHIAS WALKNER THIRD OVERALL AFTER DEMANDING DAKAR RALLY STAGE THREE

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Marking the second half of the event’s Super Marathon stage, day three at the 2020 Dakar Rally proved a tough one for all competitors. The 504-kilometre looped stage featured 427 kilometres of timed special that wound its way through the canyons and up into the mountains in the north of the country.

A GPS issue that affected all competitors and resulted in many of the front runners being unable to find a waypoint resulted in the event organisers taking the results from kilometre-389, rather than the final 427-kilometre mark as originally planned.

Eighth to enter the day’s stage, Matthias Walkner completed the majority of the special without issue. The experienced Austrian racer chose to focus on his road book and navigation rather than push too hard on the technical terrain and risk mistakes. The decision paid off for the 2018 Dakar champion who ultimately posted the fourth-quickest time of the day to move up to third overall in the provisional standings.

Matthias Walkner: “I rode well today so I’m happy about that and the bike is performing really well too, which is great. Right from the start today, navigation was really tricky and you have to concentrate on the road book a lot. I came close to hitting some big rocks hidden in the sand today – it’s difficult to find the right balance between maintaining good speed and the navigation. The missing waypoint caught everyone out so that caused some issues toward the end of the stage. All-in-all I feel good and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Also making the most of his experience when the going gets tough, Toby Price completed the shortened stage as fifth fastest, just seconds down on teammate Walkner. The stage one winner moves up to sixth in the general rankings and will enjoy a strong start position for Wednesday’s stage four.

Toby Price: “It’s been a tough day, but not too bad. Things were going well in the morning – a few mistakes here and there but nothing too bad. I just tried to stay on two wheels, ride safe and bring it home. Obviously the issue towards the end threw us all a bit, but it’s nice that the organisers acknowledged that quickly and rectified the results. The stage was really beautiful – lots of canyons and camels – I’m feeling good and keen to get going again tomorrow.”

Continuing to set a solid, consistent pace, Luciano Benavides put in an excellent ride on stage three to finish as seventh fastest. Despite a couple of navigational mistakes and an injury to his hand, the young Argentinian brought his KTM 450 RALLY home safely, just minutes behind teammates Walkner and Price. Luciano now sits seventh in the provisional overall standings.

Luciano Benavides: “It was a tricky day today, I felt good for the first half and only made one small mistake. The bike is feeling really good here in Saudi Arabia, we have it set up very well for the changes in terrain and that helps to give me a little more confidence. Unfortunately, when everyone got lost with the missing waypoint a stone flew up from another rider and hit my hand – I’m hoping it’s not too badly hurt and I’m ok for tomorrow.”

Second on stage two, Sam Sunderland found himself opening the day’s special after overtaking the early leader. Navigating well throughout the mixed terrain, Sam enjoyed a strong pace right until the neutralisation. A small mistake then cost the reigning FIM World Champion a number of minutes before then being the first to encounter the GPS issue later on. Despite his challenges, Sunderland posted the 14th fastest time and lies ninth in the provisional overall standings.

Sam Sunderland: “The stage didn’t start too well for me as I had a small issue with my GPS, but after that I was able to push on and made my way to the front. I think I did a good job of opening the stage and didn’t make too many mistakes. After the refuelling I was the first to come across the missing waypoint and struggled for a long time to work it out, the other riders caught me there and it was a bit chaotic until we worked it out. Thankfully, that has all been sorted now and I can concentrate on winning back some time tomorrow.”

Stage four of the 2020 Dakar Rally will present another long day in the saddle for riders. From Neom, a liaison travelling south along the coast of the Red Sea is then followed by a 453-kilometre timed special that will include a mixture of sandy pistes and faster, gravel tracks. After a total of 672 kilometres, competitors will reach the bivouac at Al-‘Ula.

Provisional Results Stage Three – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 3:29:31
2. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 3:35:27 +5:56
3. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 3:36:53 +7:22
4. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 3:37:44 +8:13
5. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 3:38:06 +8:35
Other KTM
7. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 3:42:01 +12:30
14. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 3:50:52 +21:21
103. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 5:52:03 +2:22:32

Provisional Standings (after stage three) – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 10:39:04
2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 10:43:47 +4:43
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 10:45:06 +6:02
4. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda 10:50:06 +11:02
5. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 10:50:23 +11:19
Other KTM
6. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 10:51:02 +11:58
7. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 10:53:24 +14:20
9. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 10:56:14 +17:10
45. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 14:26:25 +3:47:21

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SUNDERLAND TAKES OVERALL RALLY LEAD WITH RUNNER-UP FINISH ON DAKAR STAGE TWO

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Stage two at the 2020 Dakar Rally presented riders with several new challenges. The pre-coloured road books used for the first time this year were only given to competitors 25 minutes before the start of the timed special. Also, with the day marking the first half of the event’s Super Marathon stage, riders were only allowed 10 minutes to work on their bikes at the end of the day, with no outside assistance permitted.

As the fifth rider to enter the day’s 367-kilometre special, Sam Sunderland was able to maximise his advantage and push right from the start. The 2019 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion was able to improve his position throughout that stage to ultimately post the second-fastest time. Sam now enjoys a lead of just over one minute in the provisional overall standings.

Sam Sunderland: “It was a really tough day today and it felt very long. There was a huge mix of terrain with high speed tracks and then slower technical sections. In and out of the canyons there were a lot of lines visible and that made navigation more of a challenge. I made a couple of mistakes, but I think everyone did out there today. All-in-all though I had a good run, just trying to stick to a steady rhythm and build up my pace as the race goes on.”

Luciano Benavides continues to show great pace and consistency at this year’s event. The young Argentinian, in only his third Dakar, placed fifth on the day’s special to elevate himself to seventh in the overall standings. With a strong start position for stage three, Benavides is confident of another good result.

Luciano Benavides: “It’s been a good day for me – I finished inside the top five and I’m really happy with my rhythm here in Saudi. I enjoyed the stage today but came very close to crashing at one point. Luckily, I was able to stay on and from there I decided to bring the bike home safely and make sure it is good for tomorrow.”

Despite being the third competitor into today’s stage, Matthias Walkner was able to use his skill and experience to carefully navigate the technically demanding route, making the minimum of errors to complete the stage in a solid eighth place. Now lying an excellent fourth overall, the Austrian rider will enjoy an advantageous start position for the second half of the Super Marathon stage.

Matthias Walkner: “I had quite a good day today – the navigation was tough but I was able to push on from the start and at about 45 kilometres I was able to catch Toby. From there I opened the piste to the halfway point. We then rode in a group of four until the finish, which can be tricky as the dust from any riders in front makes it difficult to see stones and rocks hidden in the soft sand. Thankfully I was able to look after the bike and it’s all ready to go for tomorrow.”

Winner of the first day, Toby Price had the unenviable task of opening stage two. That, combined with the limited time to acquaint himself with the road book, made navigating the stage extremely tricky from the front of the pack. Despite the disadvantages, the reigning champion put in a good ride to 15th place and now lies ninth in the provisional overall standings, seven minutes and 34 seconds down on Sunderland.

Toby Price: “Today was always going to be tough, leading out from the start without having had much time to read the road book. The stage went ok, I lost some time to the others but the most important thing is I looked after my bike and the tyres so should be in good shape to close down on the leaders again tomorrow. There’s still a long, long way to go, but the bike is working great, things are looking good and I’m happy.”

After a tough day in the Saudi Arabian sand, KTM Factory Racing’s Mario Patrao completed stage two in 41st place. An error early on cost the Portuguese rider some time and he was then forced to ride in a group until the finish. Despite the challenging day, Mario was able to bring his KTM 450 RALLY home in one piece and now looks forward to stage three.

Mario Patrao: “It was a difficult stage for me today, I made a mistake at kilometre six and was then caught by some other competitors. Riding in dust for the rest of the stage was really tricky as it’s so difficult to see any rocks or other dangers. To stay safe, I hung back a little, which cost me some time. Overall, the bike is good and I’m ready for tomorrow.”

Tuesday’s stage three of the 2020 Dakar Rally will see riders complete a looped course starting and finishing at the city of Neom. Of the 504 kilometres covered, 427 will be timed special, leading competitors towards the border with Jordon and rising to the highest point in this year’s rally at an altitude of 1,400 metres before returning to the bivouac.

Provisional Results Stage Two – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Ross Branch (BWA), KTM, 3:39:10
2. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 3:40:34 +1:24
3. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Husqvarna, 3:41:31 +2:21
4. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 3:42:50 +3:40
5. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 3:42:54 +3:44
Other KTM
8. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 3:45:09 +5:59
15. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 3:51:23 +12:13
41. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 4:27:02 +47:52

Provisional Standings (after stage two) – 2020 Dakar Rally

1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 7:05:22
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Husqvarna, 7:06:40 +1:18
3. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 7:06:54 +1:32
4. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 7:07:22 +2:00
5. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 7:09:33 +4:11
Other KTM
6. Ross Branch (BWA), KTM, 7:09:41 +4:19
7. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 7:11:23 +6:01
9. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 7:12:56 +7:34
39. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 8:34:27 +1:29:00

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TOBY PRICE WINS CHALLENGING STAGE ONE OF THE 2020 DAKAR RALLY

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The opening day of the 2020 Dakar Rally presented riders with a huge challenge right from the start. Comprising 433 kilometres of liaison and a 319-kilometre timed special, the gruelling route led competitors north from Jeddah along the Red Sea coast to Al Wajh. With a mixture of fast, rocky pistes and soft sand dunes, the first day of racing in Saudi Arabia gave the riders a taste of what is to come in this new chapter of the Dakar.

Carrying the number one plate, reigning champion Toby Price had the advantageous position of being the 23rd rider to enter the day’s stage. The Aussie star immediately pushed hard from the start, posting the second fastest time to the first waypoint. A small issue with his navigation equipment looked set to reduce Toby’s pace with a seized road book making navigation difficult. Thankfully he was able to tag on to the back of teammate Walkner and the pair brought their KTM 450 RALLY machines home safely and in good time, with Price fastest overall.

Toby Price: “I had a really good day today up until about 140 kilometres where my road book started to play up a bit. Something had got in there and jammed the rollers and so I was left without a road book for a while. Luckily, I caught Matthias after he lost a little time and I was able to stay with him towards the finish. My result looks good on paper, but it turned out to be quite a tricky day. I’m also opening the stage tomorrow, so hopefully that’ll go well, too.”

2018 champion Matthias Walkner also made a great start to his 2020 Dakar campaign, safely completing the long stage in third place. After dropping down to fifth midway through the timed special, Walkner was able to regroup and push on toward the finish to ultimately clock in just two minutes and 40 seconds behind teammate Price.

Matthias Walkner: “It took me a while to get used to things today, maybe because so many things are different here in terms of the terrain and navigation. For the first 80 kilometres I took things quite steady, it was quite stony and easy to make a mistake. After that I found my rhythm, especially in the dunes, and was able to make up some time. I was quite surprised with third position although it doesn’t give me the best start for tomorrow, but I’m happy and we’ve got a long way to go.”

With the organisers really testing all riders’ navigational skills throughout the stage, Sam Sunderland knew a solid ride while maintaining a consistent pace would be key to a strong finish. A small crash in a slower rocky section couldn’t slow the 2017 Dakar Champion’s progress and he was able to carry on to complete the stage as fifth fastest, just over five minutes behind Price.

Sam Sunderland: “Well, they certainly threw us in the deep end for our first day here in Saudi. We had a big mixture of terrains including dunes, river beds, and really technical, stony places. I did have a small fall early on but luckily I didn’t hurt myself or damage the bike. It was tricky to adapt to the new road book and terrain but that is the same for everyone. I’m happy to get the first day done, but we’ve still got a long way to go.”

Making his way to the head of the field by the first waypoint, Luciano Benavides rode a fantastic stage one, opening the remainder of the stage. Despite laying the first tyre tracks in the Saudi sand, the young Argentinian maintained a solid pace, making very few errors to post the eighth-fastest time at the finish. Now with a strong start position for tomorrow’s ‘Super Marathon’ stage, Benavides is confident of another good result.

Luciano Benavides: “I had an amazing day today – after the first checkpoint I found myself opening the stage. It was such a good way to start the event as it was my first time opening a stage at the Dakar. I had to ride through a lot of dust at first to pass 10 riders in front of me, after that I felt really good and was able to finish the special without making too many mistakes. The bike felt incredible in this terrain so I’m really happy and looking forward to tomorrow.”

KTM Factory Racing’s Mario Patrao successfully completed stage one in 41st position.

Stage two of the 2020 Dakar Rally, the shortest of the event, Leaves Al Wajh and heads north to Neom. Covering a total distance of 393 kilometres, the stage includes a short 26-kilometre liaison and a timed special of 367 kilometres. The day marks the first half of the event’s ‘Super Marathon’ stage – riders will only have 10 minutes to work on their bikes at the bivouac after the day’s racing.

Provisional Results Stage One – 2020 Dakar Rally
1. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 3:19:33
2. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 3:21:38 +2:05
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 3:22:13 +2:40
4. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 3:24:04 +4:31
5. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 3:24:48 +5:15
Other KTM
8. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 3:28:29 +8:56
41. Mario Patrao (POR), KTM, 4:07:20 +47:47

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BLAZUSIAK TAKES SUPERENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH DOMINANT WIN IN GERMANY

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Riders faced another tight and technical track for round two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, held at the Sachsen Arena in Germany. Multiple log hazards and rock gardens created a gruelling course that required maximum focus in order to secure a strong result.

Runner-up at the opening round, Taddy Blazusiak knew he had to claw back important championship points in order to stay competitive in the short five-round series. Getting his night off to a strong start, Blazusiak posted the second-fastest time in SuperPole qualifying, beaten only by teammate Jonny Walker.

Race one started well for Blazusiak, completing the first lap in third place. With the top two riders both having problems, he took the lead and never looked back, ultimately taking the chequered flag with a huge 34-second advantage. The second race, despite the reversed grid, went very much the same way as the first – Blazusiak, riding consistently, made his way to the front leaving his rivals behind.

The third and final race saw Blazusiak take the holeshot and instantly create a comfortable lead. Using his skill and experience to master the demanding track, the Polish ace never faltered and completed his hat-trick of first-place results to claim the overall win. Despite his main championship rival finishing second, Taddy earned enough points to move himself into the lead of the series standings with a useful 11-point advantage going into round three.

Taddy Blazusiak: “I don’t know what to say, I’m over the moon, it’s been such an amazing night. All of the races went really well today and fell into place. You still need to earn your results though and I knew that this round would be tough. With a track like this you can’t just sprint the whole thing or you will make mistakes so I knew if I stayed consistent it would pay off. My plan was to stay safe and just ride to the limit of the bike with the minimum of errors. I’m really happy to go into round three with the championship lead. Spain is like a second home race for me, so I hope I can do the same thing there and come away with another win.”

Fastest in SuperPole, Jonny Walker endured a tough night of racing in Riesa. Falls at the first corner in races one and two put him on the back foot for the remaining laps. A better start in the third race really let him demonstrate his pace, with the British rider fighting for the podium throughout. Despite a challenging night, Jonny was able to claim third in the overall event results. Happy with his fitness and speed, Walker now looks forward to round three.

Jonny Walker: “Tonight was really tough. I’d be lying if I said I was happy with how things turned out, especially after showing I had the pace by claiming the SuperPole win. I have to look on the bright side though – I’m feeling really good on the bike and I’m close to being back to 100 percent fit now, too. If things go well at the next round in Spain, I know I can challenge for the win.”

The five-round 2020 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with round three in A Coruna, Spain on January 18.

Results – 2020 SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 2

Overall Event Classification
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 62 points
2. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 46 pts
3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 46 pts
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 42 pts
5. Blake Gutzeit (ZAF), Husqvarna, 31 pts
Other KTM
8. Will Hoare (GBR), KTM, 20 pts

Prestige Race 1
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 6:48.813
2. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:23.066 +34.253
3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 7:26.617 +37.804
4. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 7:37.658 +48.845
5. Pol Tarres (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:02.163 +1 lap
Other KTM
7. Will Hoare (GBR), KTM, 7:06.466 +1 lap

Prestige Race 2
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 6:55.816
2. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 7:13.376 +17.560
3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 7:13.640 +17.824
4. Blake Gutzeit (ZAF), Husqvarna, 7:39.762 +43.946
5. Pol Tarres (ESP), Husqvarna, 6:58.545 +1 lap
Other KTM
11. Will Hoare (GBR), KTM, 7:25.128 +1 lap

Prestige Race 3
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 6:52.817
2. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 7:06.871 +14.054
3. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 7:09.880 +17.063
4. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 7:14.722 +21.905
5. Blake Gutzeit (ZAF), Husqvarna, 7:54.072 +1:01.255
Other KTM
7. Will Hoare (GBR), KTM, 7:04.114 +1 lap

Championship Standings (after round 2 of 5)
1. Taddy Blazusiak (POL) KTM, 117 points
2. Billy Bolt (GBR) Husqvarna, 106 pts
3. Alfredo Gomez (ESP) Husqvarna, 87 pts
4. Jonny Walker (GBR) KTM, 87 pts
5. Blake Gutzeit (ZAF), Husqvarna, 60 pts
Other KTM
10. Will Hoare (GBR), KTM, 28 pts

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WEBB BATTLES THROUGH SICKNESS TO FINISH ON THE PODIUM AT ANAHEIM SX OPENER

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was a great start to the 2020 AMA Supercross season for Cooper Webb and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team as the reigning 450SX Champion secured a podium finish at Saturday’s opener in Anaheim, California despite battling through a bout of sickness all weekend.

Webb struggled throughout the morning’s practice and qualifying sessions but he was able to dig deep and make it count as soon as the racing commenced. In 450SX Heat 2, Webb got off to a fourth-place start aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and he battled inside the top five early on. Coming into the final lap, Webb had his sights set on a top-three finish and he brought it to fruition with a last-lap pass to overtake third.

In the Main Event, Webb started off in sixth and he immediately began charging his way up to the front, reaching the fourth-place position by lap four. While holding off a hard-charging pack of riders behind him, Webb was able to propel himself into the podium battle and just after the halfway point, he made his move into third. Holding strong in the final laps, Webb secured the final podium position with a phenomenal ride despite feeling under the weather.

Cooper Webb: “It’s been a struggle today with the sickness but that’s what makes this sport so gnarly, you have to be able to go out on Saturday and perform despite how you’re feeling. I’m just pumped to be on the podium, I feel like I dug deep and pushed through it tonight and it’s a good start to the season for myself and the team.” 

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin will miss the entire 2020 AMA Supercross Championship due to a leg injury sustained during the off-season. Musquin recently underwent surgery to repair his left knee and he is now concentrating on intense therapy to heal over the next few months.

Next Race: St. Louis, Missouri – January 11, 2020

Results 450SX Class – Anaheim I 
1. Justin Barcia (USA), Yamaha, 22 laps
2. Adam Cianciarulo (USA), Kawasaki, +5.646
3. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +12.693
4. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM, +14.216
Other KTM
15. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM
16. Justin Bogle (USA), KTM

Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 1 of 17 rounds
1. Barcia, 26 points
2. Cianciarulo, 23
3. Webb, 21 
4. Baggett, 19 

Results 250SX West Class – Anaheim I 
1. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha
2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha
3. Christian Craig (USA), Honda
Other KTM
7. Brandon Hartranft (USA), KTM
8. Derek Drake (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX West Class 2020 after 1 of 10 rounds
1. Cooper, 26 points
2. Ferrandis, 23
3. Craig, 21
OTHER KTM
7. Hartranft, 15
8. Drake, 16

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RED BULL KTM COMPLETE SHAKEDOWN TESTS AHEAD OF 2020 DAKAR RALLY

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The 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally will present a new challenge to all competitors with a switch to the Middle East and Saudi Arabia. The KTM team have completed their pre-race tests with only administrative tasks standing between them and the race start on Sunday, January 5.

The opening day of the event looks set to challenge the riders straight from the off, with a demanding 752-kilometre stage incorporating a 319-kilometre timed special. The route will take riders north from Jeddah, along the Red Sea coast and cover a wide variety of terrain including sand, dirt, rocky pistes and dunes. Navigation will also be a huge factor in not only this first stage but throughout the whole 12-stage event.

Proudly riding with the Dakar number-one plate, Toby Price is physically fit and keen to get his title defence off to a strong start on Sunday. The Aussie star is feeling confident but knows the magnitude of the task ahead of both himself and his teammates.

Toby Price: “If what we saw yesterday in the shakedown is anything to go by, the terrain is going to be quite different to what we have raced before. The sand was really soft and will make for some really tough stages. I’m hoping for some faster, hard-packed pistes too, but you can never really know what to expect. The bike is great – my mechanic and the whole team have done an amazing job as usual. I’m excited to see what the rally brings and looking forward to getting started.”

Second to Price at the 2019 Dakar Rally, Matthias Walkner also spent the majority of last year recovering from injury. Now close to being 100 percent, the Austrian rider is looking forward to getting started and hopes to secure his second Dakar title at the end of the tough 12-stage event.

Matthias Walkner: “It’s been good to get a taste for the terrain here. The shakedown test went really well – there was a good mixture of rocky tracks in the mountains with softer dunes at the base of the hills. From what we have seen so far, the land looks really nice. I think the event is going to be very tough, but it’s a new year, a new challenge and I’ll go out there and do my best.”

Reigning 2019 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion Sam Sunderland comes into the 2020 Dakar on form and hoping to carry his winning momentum to the dunes of Saudi Arabia. A former resident of Dubai, Sam is an experienced sand specialist and will also be aiming to secure a second win at the iconic race.

Sam Sunderland: “It’s always good to get out on the bike and tune yourself in. The area we used was not so big and I think it won’t be a real indication of the terrain we’ll face over the course of the race. Everything went well though and things are good here in Saudi. These days before the race always seem to drag on – you’ve been working so hard on the lead up to the event and now you just want to get started. Everything is packed up and ready now, we just have to complete the admin side and then we’re off. It’s looking like it’s going to be a tough one though and I’d say there will be quite a high rate of attrition. The 12 long stages are going to be a real challenge, but the goal is the same as always – making it safely to the finish is the priority and hopefully if everything goes well, we’ll be somewhere near the front.”

This year’s race marks the third Dakar Rally for Luciano Benavides. Crashing out in 2018, the young Argentinian went on to claim a top-10 finish at the 2019 event. With another year’s experience under his belt the FIM Junior World Champion is focused on a strong finish in Saudi Arabia.

Luciano Benavides: “I’m really excited to be here for this new-look Dakar. The country is very different here – the culture, the people, the food. The shakedown test went well, but the terrain we saw was different to anything I have ever ridden on before, especially compared to back home in Argentina. The sand and dunes are so soft here and it’s really easy to get caught out and have a crash because it’s difficult to tell which parts are soft and which parts are harder. I think in the race, things will be different and we’ll be able to push a little harder, but it’s definitely going to be a new experience for all of us.”

Joining the team once again for the Dakar Rally, KTM Factory Racing’s Mario Patrao is hoping for a strong result at this 42nd running of the race, while also providing an invaluable support role to his teammates on what looks to be one of the toughest editions yet.

With just technical inspections and administration to go, the whole team are ready to race and eager to get started with stage one on Sunday.

Jordi Viladoms – KTM Rally Team Manager: “Everything is going well here – the riders and the bikes are all ready, we’re now going through the final few steps ahead of the start of the race. We’ve been working hard with the organisers, finalising the details of the new rules and regulations that have been implemented this year and working out a good strategy. The first stage on Sunday looks like it will be tough right from the start – long, demanding with plenty of tricky navigation. Hopefully the team can claim a good result on the stage and get the rally off to the best possible start.”

Starting January 5 from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia with a 752-kilometre stage one, the 2020 Dakar Rally will cover a total of close to 8,000 kilometres over 12 days of racing.