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    Herlings and Coenen rule MXGP Grand Prix of Latvia

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    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing celebrated their first FIM Motocross World Championship Grand Prix ‘double’ in 2024 as Jeffrey Herlings and Sacha Coenen both conquered the fine Kegums soil at the Latvian GP and round nine of 20. Herlings claimed his first MXGP victory in a year with a 1-3 performance on the KTM 450 SX-F while Sacha Coenen converted his bright speed with the KTM 250 SX-F to win in MX2

    TOM VIALLE AND RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING CONTINUE PODIUM RUN AT THUNDER VALLEY

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    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Tom Vialle has made it three straight 250MX podium results to open the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship after claiming a hard-fought third position overall at Thunder Valley's third round of the season in Colorado.

    Vialle rode his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to P5 in qualifying and then made steps forward to contend for the race victory in Moto 1, leading in the final stages and falling while challenging for a late pass for the lead. Still, he managed to remount efficiently and cross the line in P2.

    Later this afternoon in Moto 2, despite an average start that cost him important time early on and an untimely crash while working his way back through the pack, Tom eventually took the checkered flag in P4. That was enough to secure third place for the round and he now sits tied on points with second in the standings, 23 points outside of the lead.

    Tom Vialle: "Overall, the speed was good, just too many mistakes. I crashed in the second moto, then I was catching again and I tipped over in a corner, so I was really mad. But that's racing and the track was really good, a lot of fun today, so it was pretty nice and I'm excited for next weekend."

    Colorado saw teenager Julien Beaumer match his overall finish from one week ago in scoring ninth position again. The Pro Motocross rookie qualified 12th and then improved to ninth in the opening encounter, before 10th in the final outing was another positive performance. He has now moved to eighth in the championship, motivated to keep inching closer to the front as experience grows.

    Julien Beaumer: "Really good riding for me today, but bad starts and early crashes slowed my results down. I'm happy with the progress we made this weekend, so now we'll get ready for High Point!"

    In wearing the red plates on his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION for the first time outdoors and coming off a victory at Hangtown, Chase Sexton displayed his front-running pace once again, but track position and a heavy crash while looking to take charge of Moto 2 resulted in 6-5 scores for fifth overall. He currently sits second in the standings, six points from the series lead following Round 3.

    Chase Sexton: "It was nice to have the red plate today, and I felt like we had speed on our side, but it just didn't come together in the motos. Considering the results, we're still right there in the championship, so look forward to rebounding at High Point next weekend."

    450MX teammate Aaron Plessinger was also competitive throughout the Thunder Valley weekend, gradually gaining comfort in the middle stages of the first moto on his way to fifth place, and then being affected by his start in the second race. 'The Cowboy' recovered from 15th at the end of lap one to finish in P8, which put him sixth overall for the round and he holds fifth in the point standings.

    Aaron Plessinger: "Thunder Valley was kind of a struggle in practice, and then I felt better in the first moto. I got a really good start, but fell back and wasn't really gelling that much until I started clicking off some good laps around halfway and through to the end, so ended up fifth. In the second moto, I royally messed up the start, so that cost me and I paid for it. I came from around 20th place, which in conditions like that being hard and slick, it's tough to come through the pack. I've just gotta put myself in better positions early on and we'll move on to High Point."

    Next Race: June 15 – High Point, Pennsylvania

    Results 450MX Class – Thunder Valley National
    1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    3. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha
    4. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
    5. Chase Sexton (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    6. Aaron Plessinger (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    8. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Husqvarna
    10. Christian Craig (USA), Husqvarna

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 3 of 11 rounds
    1. Hunter Lawrence, 129 points
    2. Chase Sexton, 123
    3. Jett Lawrence, 113
    5. Aaron Plessinger, 100
    7. Justin Barcia, 95
    9. Malcolm Stewart, 87
    11. Christian Craig, 58

    Results 250MX Class – Thunder Valley National
    1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
    2. Chance Hymas (USA), Honda
    3. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    8. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
    9. Julien Beaumer (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    15. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
    16. Casey Cochran (USA), Husqvarna

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 3 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 144 points
    2. Chance Hymas, 121
    3. Tom Vialle, 121
    7. Pierce Brown, 84
    8. Julien Beaumer, 73
    12. Ryder DiFrancesco, 47
    16. Casey Cochran, 40

    CHASE SEXTON SWEEPS HANGTOWN IN EXCEPTIONAL SATURDAY FOR RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING

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    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Chase Sexton charged to a spectacular 1-1 result to capture his first AMA Pro Motocross Championship round victory of 2024 at the Hangtown National, in a day that also saw teammates Aaron Plessinger and Tom Vialle – winner of 250MX Moto 2 – stand on the podium overall.

    Sexton managed to break through for the first moto win onboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, before falling on the opening lap of the second encounter later this afternoon. The 24-year-old remounted at the rear of the field in 40th position and stormed back into contention by the closing stages of the race, ultimately making a last lap pass on Plessinger in the finest moto victory of his career to date.

    It was a pivotal result for Chase in what is his first year with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, taking over the red plate as series leader in the 450MX title race following 2 of 11 rounds, and importantly signaling his intentions to fight for a maiden Pro Motocross Championship this season.

    Chase Sexton: "First race, it definitely felt good to win my first moto in a while, although not the way I wanted to with Jett [Lawrence] going down, but I had a good flow going and was able to win that one. In that second moto, I slid out at the start and I was dead-last, so I knew it was going to be a hard moto! That was wide-open from the start to the end. I don't even know what to say – that was the best ride, I think, of my life. Thanks to the team, they put in so much hard work, and these fans are awesome. They were cheering me on the whole way around the track and this one means a lot. This has been one of my best races and wins so far!"

    After finishing fifth in Moto 1, Plessinger was also exceptional in the second race, taking control at the front of the pack on lap one and then leading the duration. He eventually followed Sexton across the finish in a 1-2 result for the team in terms of the moto, which in turn placed him third overall for the weekend. His first podium of the 2024 outdoors has resulted in him climbing to third position in the standings.

    Aaron Plessinger: "I got out front and I pushed as hard as I could, and then I figured I could back it down just a little bit, but no, these guys were riding so good – Chase was riding unreal – and I couldn't seal the deal. But we're back up here on the podium, I missed out on it last weekend, and we've bounced back! It's third place, but we'll take it and move on to the next round. I've gotta give it up to the whole team, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, and everybody who has helped me get here."

    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing also picked up a moto win in the 250MX Class, where two-time MX2 World Champion Vialle asserted himself as a title threat by delivering a commanding performance in race two. Earlier, the Frenchman finished P4 in the opening moto, which placed him second on the podium for the round, and he is currently positioned third in the points following back-to-back podium finishes.

    Tom Vialle: "I knew I could do it and the second moto was way better! I want to thank the team, we changed a lot for the second moto and I felt great, so I am pretty happy. That's the first moto where I could push to my full potential and now I'm really excited for the next races with that setting on the bike. The track was awesome today, so I'm really happy to be on the podium."

    Also equipped with the KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, Hangtown was a step forward for 250MX rookie Julien Beaumer, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing newcomer once again displaying intensity early on and remaining consistent for a top 10 result. The teenager took the checkered flag ninth in both races at the Prairie City facility, earning him 10th overall and elevating him to an encouraging eighth place in the championship.

    Julien Beaumer: "Hangtown was a good day for me. A lot of learning, happy to get two good starts – my bike was amazing! – and to run up front for a while in both motos. I'm going to keep learning that pace and keep getting better each weekend. That was a big step forward, so we're going to keep improving and look to be up front soon."

    Next Race: June 8 – Thunder Valley, Colorado

    Results 450MX Class – Hangtown National
    1. Chase Sexton (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    3. Aaron Plessinger (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    7. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
    8. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Husqvarna
    10. Christian Craig (USA), Husqvarna

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 2 of 11 rounds
    1. Chase Sexton, 90 points
    2. Hunter Lawrence, 82
    3. Aaron Plessinger, 69
    8. Justin Barcia, 61
    9. Malcolm Stewart, 57
    12. Christian Craig, 33

    Results 250MX Class – Hangtown National
    1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
    2. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    3. Levi Kitchen (USA), Kawasaki
    6. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
    9. Julien Beaumer (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    10. Casey Cochran (USA), Husqvarna
    15. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 2 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 97 points
    2. Levi Kitchen, 84
    3. Tom Vialle, 81
    7. Pierce Brown, 55
    8. Julien Beaumer, 48
    13. Ryder DiFrancesco, 35
    16. Casey Cochran, 28

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