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    Outstanding day for Red Bull KTM at Italian MXGP Grand Prix

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    MXGP reached the halfway stage of the 2024 campaign with another weather-hit fixture, this time at Maggiora for the Italian Grand Prix. Tackling the soft, slick mud and tricky narrow course north of Milan, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing picked up 1-2 results in MX2 with the KTM 250 SX-F while Jeffrey Herlings’ speed and skill on the KTM 450 SX-F ensured another moto ‘P1’ and runner-up status in MXGP.

    CHASE SEXTON REBOUNDS WITH SECOND OVERALL AT HIGH POINT NATIONAL

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    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Chase Sexton fought his way back to the 450MX podium in Round 4 of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at High Point Raceway, finishing second overall after delivering 3-2 moto results and leading his share of laps in the second encounter this afternoon.

    Riders were met with rutty, technical conditions, but Sexton was up for the challenge on his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. After racing to third in Moto 1, he was engaged in a spirited battle with defending champion Jett Lawrence throughout Moto 2, before unfortunately tipping over while leading in the closing laps.

    Sexton managed to quickly remount and hold onto second position, which was enough to take P2 for the weekend, and he also maintains second in the championship standings – six points outside of the red plate with seven rounds remaining on the outdoor schedule.

    Chase Sexton: "Round 4 was better than Thunder Valley, my speed was a little better, but I just made way too many mistakes. These next two weeks, I'll be trying to rest because I've been physically exhausted the last couple of weeks. I've gotta get back to 100 percent and we'll come out swinging for the upcoming middle four races of the season."

    The High Point National was also a convincing one for Aaron Plessinger, recovering from a bad start in Moto 1 to slice his way through the pack to fifth, and he repeated that result in the second outing. Those 5-5 scores placed him fourth overall for the weekend, currently positioned fifth in the point standings and with increasing confidence on his side.

    Aaron Plessinger: "Overall, today was the most comfortable I've felt on the bike in a long time or, really, ever. I was just gelling. Qualifying went pretty good in seventh, and then in the first moto I really botched the start and had to come from around 20th to fifth. The result didn't reflect how awesome I was riding, because I felt so good, could really push, and get going! Second one, I got a better start and made my way into fifth early, so it was 5-5 for today. I ended up fourth overall, which isn't too bad. I'll take a relaxing weekend off and come back swinging at Southwick – I'm ready for it!"

    This weekend was a frustrating one for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 250MX title challenger Tom Vialle, who qualified in fourth position, but had to settle for eighth following a difficult first moto. He stormed to the front of the pack in the early stages of Moto 2, but an untimely error cost him a chance of the race victory, and he took the checkered flag in P4. That placed him fifth overall, now P3 in the championship following four rounds.

    Tom Vialle: "High Point was not really a good day. I finished with 8-4 moto results, and went down in both motos. I was leading the second moto and crashed, so we were a little bit better in that one, but that's not where I want to be, and it's kind of frustrating. I look forward to Southwick and being back in the sand in two weeks, so hopefully it will be a better race there."

    250MX rookie Julien Beaumer recorded his best career finish to date in sixth overall, continuing to build experience in the professional ranks on his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. The teenager charged to sixth in Moto 1 after starting inside the top 10, and then in the final outing he raced forward to eighth position. He sits ninth in the 250MX standings following what was another impressively consistent performance this weekend.

    Julien Beaumer: "It was a way better day for me today at High Point. Qualifying wasn't good, but my starts were better, and I had good rides both times for my best overall of the season in P6. I'm happy with where we're at right now, so am going to keep building on this. I'm excited to get back to work, try to fix some things that we need to improve on, and try to finish strong for the rest of the season. It will be my first time to Southwick, so I'm going to practice in some sand and be ready!"

    Next Race: June 29 – Southwick, Massachusetts

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

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 4 of 11 rounds
    1. Hunter Lawrence, 171 points
    2. Chase Sexton, 165
    3. Jett Lawrence, 163
    5. Aaron Plessinger, 134
    7. Justin Barcia, 121
    9. Malcolm Stewart, 113
    11. Christian Craig, 67

    Results 250MX Class – High Point National
    1. Ty Masterpool (USA), Kawasaki
    2. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
    3. Chance Hymas (USA), Honda
    5. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    6. Julien Beaumer (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    7. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
    8. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
    17. Casey Cochran (USA), Husqvarna

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 4 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 191 points
    2. Chance Hymas, 159
    3. Tom Vialle, 153
    8. Pierce Brown, 109
    9. Julien Beaumer, 103
    12. Ryder DiFrancesco, 73
    15. Casey Cochran, 51

    MANUEL LETTENBICHLER TO MISS XROSS HARD ENDURO RALLY DUE TO KNEE INJURY

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    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has been sidelined from the upcoming Xross Hard Enduro Rally due to him suffering an injury to his left knee while training in Tuscany, Italy. The reigning FIM Hard Enduro World Champion is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the damage on Tuesday, June 18, and will therefore miss round three of the series.

    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

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