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    Eighth MXGP podium finish in a row for Herlings with impressive Czech Republic comeback

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      The Grand Prix of Czech Republic gave Red Bull KTM Factory Racing their nineteenth trophy of the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship and from thirteen rounds as Jeffrey Herlings went 1-4 for 3rd overall around the quick but tricky course near the town of Loket.
    • Herlings walks the MXGP rostrum for the eighth consecutive Grand Prix after recovering from two spills in the second race. His P1 from the first outing signified the 200th moto victory of his career, and all in Red Bull KTM colors
    • Liam Everts takes 4th overall in MX2 as Andrea Adamo misses out on points and Sacha Coenen earns a best classification of 9th from the second race. Croatian youngster Roko Ivandic wins the EMX65 European Championship with a KTM 65 SX
    • MXGP moves from Loket to Lommel and the Grand Prix of Belgium. Round 14 takes place next weekend in the sandy venue close to the Dutch border     
    MXGP landed back on European turf and for the slick and compact dirt of Loket and the Grand Prix of Czech Republic. The historic layout close to the spa town of Karlovy Vary is a tight and narrow trajectory that winds across the hillside setting and draws a diverse collection of fans from across the continent. Loket has hosted Czech GP every year since 2002, with the exception of 2020. Sunny and warm conditions coated both days of action in western Czech Republic and Jeffrey Herlings took his KTM 450 SX-F to a steady 3rd position in Saturday’s RAM Qualification race and a decent slot for the wide and long start straight. In MX2 Sacha Coenen grabbed P2 and was followed directly by Liam Everts in 3rd and Andrea Adamo in 9th after a slip cost the Italian a few places and time on track after he’d made good ground. Starts were at a premium on Sunday. Herlings moved up from the top five to 2nd in the first laps of the opening moto and then stalked World Champion Jorge Prado to seize the lead at mid-race distance. He then eased to his 200th career checkered flag. In the second moto the Dutchman went down entering the second corner. He swiftly fought back to the top half of the leaderboard but then clipped the rear wheel of another rider and again had remount, pull the pin and find time where possible. Herlings’ speed and skills dragged him up to 4th place, less than ten seconds from the winner, meaning a solid salvage operation with P3 to show for his efforts: just one point from the overall runner-up slot. JH84 is 3rd in the world championship standings but just 19 points from 2nd and 55 from the red plate. MX2 was won by Kay de Wolf on the day but Red Bull KTM saw Liam Everts take the KTM 250 SX-F to 4th overall and with a top three second moto finish. Red Bull KTMs led 1-2-3 at the launch of the first MX2 dash but then the race was red flagged. Upon the restart Coenen grabbed the holeshot, however a mistake while in P2 dropped deep him into the pack and another crash at the bottom of the hill forced a DNF. Everts and Adamo were part of a busy fight in the second group that was won by the Belgian in the final minutes as he pushed up to 5th.  Adamo, who had fallen in morning warm-up, was unseated with less than two minutes to go on the clock and pulled off the track. The Italian would not take to the gate again due to a cut abdomen. Everts captured the last holeshot of the day and rode to P3 (his first top three ranking since the Italian GP) while Coenen banked some points with a ride to 9th. The annual swing from Loket to Lommel and hardpack to deep sand sees MXGP travel west and to the northern tip of Belgium for round fourteen next weekend.  

    CHASE SEXTON MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW AS AARON PLESSINGER AND TOM VIALLE LAND WASHOUGAL PODIUMS

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    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Chase Sexton swept to his third-straight AMA Pro Motocross Championship round victory at Washougal to extend his advantage in 450MX, as Aaron Plessinger joined him on the podium in second overall, and Tom Vialle raced to the opening moto win on his way to second overall in 250MX. Sexton has been the class of the field during the middle stages of the 2024 season on his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, winning the past seven motos in succession. He put forward a measured performance amidst the tree-lined shadows of Washougal to go 1-1 once again on Saturday, building a 28-point lead in the championship with three rounds remaining.

    Chase Sexton:   "It feels nice, because I wanted to get this win before the break, and to go into that with some momentum. We've got two weekends off, so I plan to go back and rest, because I haven't been feeling the greatest these last few days. I felt really good on the bike, was able to push through and find a flow, which got me to the end. This crowd's awesome and I love coming to this track every year. We'll keep the hammer down from here and go for it!"

    While Sexton had to make his way through the field in both motos, teammate Plessinger started up front and managed to lead the majority of Moto 1, until a late stall allowed a charging Sexton – who had gone down earlier in the race – to power by. Plessinger was just as strong in the final encounter, slicing his way to a P3 finish to secure second overall. He's currently ranked fourth in the title race.

    Aaron Plessinger:   "These fans at Washougal are unreal! It's cool to see this same support country-wide and that these people have the same passion for dirt bikes that I do. I'm still achieving the goals that I set for myself, even if unfortunately last week I had a crash that kept me off the podium in fourth, but we're back here now and I'm happy. We'll take some weeks off for now and do some things I don't usually get to do with the family!"

    After qualifying fastest in 250MX this morning, Vialle rode his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to a commanding victory in Moto 1, and then backed that effort up by leading his share of Moto 2. A fast-starting Vialle eventually took the checkered flag in second position, which placed him P2 on the podium. The Frenchman has now climbed to second in the standings.

    Tom Vialle:   "Today was a good day! We were able to go fastest in qualifying and won the first moto, and then Haiden [Deegan] beat me in the second moto. The track was tough and I did my best – it's nice to finish on the podium before the break. We'll keep training and hopefully we can come back and win these last three races."

    250MX rookie Julien Beaumer started his day in convincing fashion by qualifying in fifth place, but could only manage a 16th-place result in Moto 1. The teenager bounced back in the second moto to finish in eighth position, which put him 11th overall for the weekend, and Beaumer sits 13th in the championship following Round 8, which was the Military Appreciation Round of the outdoor season.

    Julien Beaumer:   "It was a decent day at Washougal. I was good in practice, and then struggled in that first moto – I don't really know what happened there. In Moto 2, I was able to come back with better riding, so in this break we will look to make further improvements and come out swinging in Unadilla."

    Next Race:  August 10 – Unadilla, New York

    Results 450MX Class – Washougal National
    1. Chase Sexton (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    2. Aaron Plessinger (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    3. Jason Anderson (USA), Kawasaki
    7. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Husqvarna
    9. Christian Craig (USA), Husqvarna

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 8 of 11 rounds
    1. Chase Sexton, 360 points
    2. Hunter Lawrence, 332
    3. Justin Cooper, 284
    4. Aaron Plessinger, 281
    7. Malcolm Stewart, 213
    9. Christian Craig, 161
    10. Justin Barcia, 148

    Results 250MX Class – Washougal National
    1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
    2. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    3. Jo Shimoda (JPN), Honda
    4. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
    5. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
    11. Julien Beaumer (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    15. Casey Cochran (USA), Husqvarna

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 8 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 361 points
    2. Tom Vialle, 307
    3. Levi Kitchen, 291
    7. Pierce Brown, 195
    9. Ryder DiFrancesco, 181
    11. Casey Cochran, 153
    13. Julien Beaumer, 148

      CHASE SEXTON EXTENDS 450MX ADVANTAGE WITH SPRING CREEK NATIONAL SWEEP

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      Current 450MX Class points leader Chase Sexton has extended his advantage in the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship following a commanding 1-1 performance at the Spring Creek National, making it five moto wins in succession for a third overall victory of the season. After qualifying in fourth position, Sexton was unmatched on his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in sweeping both motos this afternoon. He climbed from third position in the early stages of Moto 1 to take over the lead just after halfway and go on to win by 10.130s at race's end.

      In the second outing he was P6 as lap one was completed, again storming to the front of the field by lap 10, and taking the checkered flag 12.919s clear of the chasing pack just as heavy rain began to fall. In claiming his seventh race victory of the year and back-to-back overalls, Chase now has a margin of 13 points at the top of the points table following Round 7 of 11.

      Chase Sexton:   "These last two races, I really wanted to capitalize on, because in the past I've been sluggish in the middle of the season, so I have been focused on keeping the momentum going. I had a pretty good start in both motos, just got pushed wide in the second one, so had some work to do. Overall though, I had a really good flow, the track felt a lot better in that final moto for me, and I was able to put in some good laps. Thanks to the whole group behind me – this is fun, so let's keep it going!"

      Spring Creek was also kind to premier class teammate Aaron Plessinger, qualifying directly behind Sexton in P5, and then putting in a solid ride to third place in the opening race. Despite an early crash in Moto 2, he charged from as far back as eighth to fifth position, which sealed P4 overall for the weekend, and he has moved forward to fourth in the championship.

      Aaron Plessinger:   "Millville started off really awesome. Moto 1, I got off to a great start and Chase went around me, then I kind of just stayed in third. Second moto, we got a mid-pack start and I was riding so good, but unfortunately, I lost the back-end around one of the corners and lost a few positions. I got back up and was on it again, before I kind of hit a wall there towards the end. I wish I could have caught those guys, one more position would have landed me on the podium because I was tied for third, but ended up fourth. It was a good weekend though, we're coming out healthy, and I'm excited for Washougal."

      The 250MX Class saw Vialle qualify quickest this morning and he carried that form into the opening moto by finishing second in dry conditions. Rainfall delayed the start of the second encounter, but when the gates finally dropped the two-time MX2 World Champion was in the podium fight before he fell in the opening portion the moto. Following multiple stops in the mechanic's area, he salvaged points in 17th, which landed him seventh overall. Vialle retains P3 in the standings on his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION.

      Tom Vialle:   "The first race was a fight, the whole moto, and I tried to push to the end – second was a good result. Unfortunately, the second moto was tough after I crashed, but we will keep pushing into Washougal next week."

      Rookie Julien Beaumer made a welcome return to action in Millville after missing Round 6, qualifying in eighth position and then recording a 15th-place score in the first race. A consistent ride in the rain-soaked final moto of the day saw him take the checkered flag in P8, placing him 10th for the round and now sitting 12th in the series.

      Julien Beaumer:   "First moto, I was a little bit sluggish, couldn't quite get back into that race pace that we've been doing, so it took me a minute to get going again. Moto 2, I had a bad start, but came through to eighth and was happy with our progress throughout the day. It's really good to be back at the races and I'm ready for Washougal!"

      Next Race:  July 20 – Washougal, Washington

      Results 450MX Class – Spring Creek National
      1. Chase Sexton (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
      2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
      3. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha
      4. Aaron Plessinger (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
      7. Christian Craig (USA), Husqvarna
      10. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Husqvarna

      Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 7 of 11 rounds
      1. Chase Sexton, 310 points
      2. Hunter Lawrence, 297
      3. Justin Cooper, 249
      4. Aaron Plessinger, 239
      8. Malcolm Stewart, 185
      9. Justin Barcia, 148
      10. Christian Craig, 136

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

      Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 7 of 11 rounds
      1. Haiden Deegan, 314 points
      2. Levi Kitchen, 263
      3. Tom Vialle, 260
      7. Pierce Brown, 162
      10. Ryder DiFrancesco, 147
      11. Casey Cochran, 137
      12. Julien Beaumer, 128

      DAY TWO WIN FOR JOSEP GARCIA AT ENDUROGP OF SLOVAKIA

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      Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has won the second day of competition at the EnduroGP of Slovakia – round five of the 2024 FIM EnduroGP World Championship. Delivering two solid performances over both days in the hot and gruelling conditions, the KTM 250 EXC-F rider bounced back from fourth place on Saturday to top the EnduroGP category on Sunday by over 18 seconds.

      Pol Espargaro back on the MotoGP™ grid for Red Bull Ring

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      Pol Espargaro will ride out of the pit box alongside Red Bull KTM Factory Racing to make his second official wildcard competitive appearance of 2024 at the Austrian Grand Prix on August 16-18. The 33-year-old will rejoin the grid with his version of the KTM RC16 at the Red Bull Ring for round 11 of 20. Pol, new to the KTM MotoGP testing program for 2024, entered the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello in early June. He was immediately up to pace and roaming the top fifteen of the time sheets, earning a decent 14th in the Sprint and was then 17th in the Grand Prix. The Spaniard was a Red Bull KTM rider between 2017 and 2020 and gained KTM’s first ever podium finish in the premier class in 2018. He stepped away from fulltime racing in 2023, and current wildcard outings allow valuable data gathering and orientation for his testing duties. Pol climbed the podium at Red Bull Ring for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix with the KTM RC16. 2024 will be his ninth MotoGP at the circuit. Pol Espargaro : “I’m ready to go again! Mugello was a special circuit to make my return for Red Bull KTM but it also doesn’t get much more special than Red Bull Ring. For the track, the place, the fans and the atmosphere and for how much this Grand Prix means to KTM it also feels a bit like a home race for me. I have some good memories of fighting for the win there but, like in Italy, the goal will be to get on the track with the KTM RC16 and continue our testing program. We will have work to do but I know the Austrian GP will also be a lot of fun.”

      9th position after maximum Binder push in German MotoGP™

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      The Grand Prix of Germany took place in front of another enormous 98,000 raceday crowd at the compact and captivating Sachsenring circuit. The ninth ‘stage’ of the 2024 MotoGP season saw Red Bull KTM Factory Racing trying to conquer the unique layout as Brad Binder endured 30 fast laps to classify 9th while teammate Jack Miller grabbed three points for 13th position.

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