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2022 MotoGP™: The search for perfection starts here

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KTM’s sixth season of MotoGP will see Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Tech3 KTM Factory Racing take the RC16 into competition for the longest series in the history of the sport. Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira, Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner will attempt to find fresh milestones through the 21-Grand Prix campaign as the company chase their third successive year of race victory.

MATTHIAS WALKNER AND KTM FINISH THIRD AT 2022 DAKAR RALLY

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has claimed an impressive third-place finish at the incredibly tough 2022 Dakar Rally. Delivering strong, consistent results throughout the entire two-week event, the Austrian star fought hard right to the very end to ultimately finish less than seven minutes behind the race winner after close to 40 hours of racing. Toby Price secured a top-10 overall

KEVIN BENAVIDES TOPS PENULTIMATE STAGE AT DAKAR 2022

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Kevin Benavides has bounced back from a tough day 10 to win stage 11, the penultimate day of the 2022 Dakar Rally. On one of the toughest specials of the event, Matthias Walkner brought his KTM 450 RALLY home in an excellent fourth place, and now lies third in the provisional event standings with one day left to race. Opening today’s stage, Toby Price placed 28th, whi

TOBY PRICE WINS DAKAR STAGE 10

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has won day 10 of the 2022 Dakar Rally – his first stage win at the 44th running of the event. On what was a day of mixed fortunes for the team, Matthias Walkner lost some time while opening the stage, but still lies fourth overall in the provisional overall standings. Danilo Petrucci enjoyed a solid stage, finishing 11th quickest.

MATTHIAS WALKNER TAKES DAKAR RALLY LEAD ON STAGE NINE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has taken the provisional overall lead of the 2022 Dakar Rally following a fourth-place finish on day nine. Continuing to deliver strong and consistent stage results, the Austrian star now sits over two minutes ahead of the second-placed rider. Kevin Benavides placed second today, with Toby Price bringing his KTM 450 RALLY home in 17th. Danilo Petrucc

THIRD-PLACE FINISH FOR MATTHIAS WALKNER ON DAKAR STAGE EIGHT

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Matthias Walkner has finished as third quickest on the long 830-kilometer eighth stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, closing the gap on the provisional event leader who he trails by under four minutes. Toby Price enjoyed another solid stage, bringing his KTM 450 RALLY home in sixth place. Kevin Benavides finished as 13th fastest with Danilo Petrucci 25th.

RUNNER-UP RESULT FOR KEVIN BENAVIDES ON DAKAR STAGE SEVEN

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Kevin Benavides has placed second fastest on the long stage seven of the Dakar Rally. In doing so the Argentinian moves himself up to third overall in the provisional overall standings, one place behind teammate Matthias Walkner, who led out most of today’s special to claim an eventual 24th place finish. Toby Price finished ninth quickest, with Danilo Petrucci success

RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING READY FOR SECOND WEEK AT DAKAR 2022

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing have successfully completed the demanding first week of the 2022 Dakar Rally. Matthias Walkner is currently the top KTM rider, sitting in a strong second overall in the rally standings. Kevin Benavides and Toby Price endured a tough start to their race campaigns, but both have been steadily fighting their way back up the order, and now sit eighth and 12th respectively.

WEBB LEADS RED BULL KTM TO A STRONG START IN 2022 AMA SX

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The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team delivered solid results aboard the all-new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION at Saturday's highly anticipated AMA Supercross Championship opener with a striking podium performance from defending 450SX Champion Cooper Webb in second, and teammate Marvin Musquin finishing just off the podium in fourth.

WEBB PODIUMS AT ANAHEIM SX OPENER

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The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team delivered solid results aboard the all-new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION at Saturday's highly anticipated AMA Supercross Championship opener. With a striking podium performance from defending 450SX Champion Cooper Webb in second, and teammate Marvin Musquin finishing just off the podium in fourth, Red Bull KTM is off to a positive start to the 2022 race season.

THIRD-PLACE RESULT FOR MATTHIAS WALKNER ON SHORTENED DAKAR STAGE SIX

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner remains in second place in the provisional overall Dakar Rally standings after finishing third on a significantly shortened stage six of the event. Toby Price finished ninth after close to one hour of racing against the clock, with Kevin Benavides just over one minute behind him in 15th. Stage five winner Danilo Petrucci completed the 100-kilometer se

DANILO PETRUCCI WINS STAGE FIVE AT DAKAR 2022

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Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Danilo Petrucci has won stage five of the Dakar Rally. Putting in a fast but measured performance, the former MotoGP™ star impressed once again by posting the fastest time on the 341-kilometer special. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price was initially quickest on the stage, but was later awarded a six-minute penalty, which dropped him down to fifth...

DANILO PETRUCCI THIRD FASTEST ON DAKAR RALLY STAGE FOUR

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Danilo Petrucci has finished as the top KTM rider on today’s fast and long stage four, claiming an outstanding third-place result. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner brought his KTM 450 RALLY home in eighth place, to move up to second in the provisional overall standings, with Kevin Benavides finishing 16th, and Toby Price 30th.

TOBY PRICE FINISHES AS RUNNER-UP ON FAST DAKAR RALLY STAGE THREE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has secured his best stage finish of the 2022 Dakar Rally so far, bringing his KTM 450 RALLY home in an impressive second place. On a shortened, but very fast special, Kevin Benavides finished eighth, with Matthias Walkner just two places behind in 10th. Returning to the race following his technical issue on stage two, Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Danilo Petr

THIRD PLACE FINISH FOR KEVIN BENAVIDES ON DAKAR STAGE TWO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Kevin Benavides has finished third on the fast and technical stage two of the Dakar Rally. Teammates Toby Price and Matthias Walkner also delivered strong results, finishing fifth and 14th respectively. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Danilo Petrucci’s day came to a premature end when a technical issue forced him to withdraw from the stage.

MATTHIAS WALKNER FINISHES THIRD ON OPENING STAGE OF DAKAR RALLY 2022

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner, Toby Price, and Kevin Benavides have all successfully completed the first proper day of racing at the 2022 Dakar Rally – a challenging 514 kilometer looped stage from Ha’il to Ha’il. Managing to avoid the worst of the costly navigational issues that affected many of the leading riders, Matthias Walkner finished third fastest, eight-and-a-half minutes

SHAKEDOWN COMPLETE – RED BULL KTM ARE ALL SET FOR DAKAR 2022

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The three-man Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team of Matthias Walkner, Toby Price, and Kevin Benavides have successfully completed their pre-event shakedown and final administration tasks and are ready for the first stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, which takes place tomorrow, January 1. Joining the three former race winners, KTM Factory Racing’s Danilo Petrucci will make his competitive rally debut.

KTM FACTORY RACING CLOSE A TROPHY-LADEN 2021

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2021 has been a memorable campaign for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing across the disciplines. Spirited presence in at least six different spheres of motorcycle competition has delivered notable success as well as the full range of emotions. Among the elation and the adversity on track and off, KTM were able to embellish stories and welcome new silverware with a total of 327 FIM world titles now in t

FOUR-RIDER RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM IS READY TO RACE 2022 SEASON ON ALL-NEW KTM FACTORY EDITION MODELS

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A solid four-rider Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team is set to enter the 2022 AMA Supercross Championship aboard the radically new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION models. With only a month to go before the start of the series, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team came together in Murrieta, California to celebrate the launch of the new generation machines that all rider

Rest in peace Rene (Hofer)

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The entire KTM family is deeply saddened by the terrible news that MX2 factory racer Rene Hofer, along with two of his friends, has passed away following a skiing incident in Austria.

RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING READY FOR DAKAR 2022

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner, Toby Price, and Kevin Benavides are fired up and focused on success as they enter the final phase of preparations ahead of next January’s Dakar Rally. The three-man team – all former Dakar Rally winners – will be joined in the Middle East by newly retired MotoGP™ rider Danilo Petrucci, who will make his Dakar debut at the 2022 event.

WALKNER WINS 2021 ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has won the 2021 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Putting in another impressive ride to finish in second place on the fifth and final stage of the event, the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion secured the race win to cement his position at the top of the championship standings.

Herlings crowned 2021 MXGP World Champion

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Jeffrey Herlings has delivered Red Bull KTM Factory Racing their eighth premier class FIM Motocross World Championship since 2010 and third with the KTM 450 SX-F with victory at the 2021 season-closing Grand Prix Citta di Mantova in Italy.

Herlings ends sensational MXGP season as world champion for the second time

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are MXGP World Champions for the third time since 2017 as Jeffrey Herlings rode to 1st position overall at the eighteenth and final Grand Prix of the season at Mantova in Italy. The 27-year-old Dutchman picked up his fifth FIM gold medal and his second in the premier class of the sport with the KTM 450 SX-F as teammate Tony Cairoli bade farewell to the series in front o

SECOND PLACE FOR WALKNER ON ABU DHABI PENULTIMATE STAGE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has delivered another strong day in the sand at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, this time claiming a provisional runner-up result on the penultimate stage of the race. With one day left at this final round of the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, Walkner leads the overall standings by close to four minutes.

WALKNER ENJOYS RUNNER-UP FINISH ON ABU DHABI STAGE THREE

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Placing second on stage three, Matthias Walkner continues to put in fast, consistent performances at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing star is yet to finish outside the top two, and continues to lead the overall standings with the rally now past the halfway point.

Herlings triumphs in Mantova to set-up MXGP title showdown

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The 2021 MXGP World Championship is heading towards a thrilling conclusion after Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings rode to victory and to within three points of the red plate at Mantova, Italy for the Grand Prix of Lombardia and the penultimate meeting of the season.

Vialle 2nd overall in Garda Grand Prix as MXGP title chase stays close

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The third and final race across the stony and hard soil of the Pietramurata circuit saw Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle put in a strong performance to finish 2nd overall for the Grand Prix of Garda. Teammate Rene Hofer won an MX2 moto for the second time this week. All three MXGP riders classified in the top six.

MANUEL LETTENBICHLER WINS GETZENRODEO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has won GetzenRodeo in Germany, the final round of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. Delivering a dominant performance at his home race, the KTM 300 EXC TPI rider secured his runner-up placing in the final series standings, tied on points with eventual championship winner Billy Bolt.

Cairoli back on top in MXGP as Hofer celebrates historic MX2 milestone win in Italy

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing returned to the hardpacked racetrack in Arco di Trento for the second of a triple header schedule of fixtures in 2021 MXGP. Tony Cairoli triumphed for the second time this season in MXGP as Rene Hofer succeeded in the MX2 class with the KTM 250 SX-F to become the first Austrian winner of a main category since Heinz Kinigadner in 1987. All six riders in Red Bull KTM colo

1-2 for Herlings and Prado at packed Spanish Grand Prix

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing continued their streak of premium results and podium presence in the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship as Jeffrey Herlings celebrated his sixth MXGP victory of the season ahead of Jorge Prado around the Spanish hard-pack of Intu Xanadú Arroyomolinos for round 13 of 18 in the current series. Tom Vialle finished runner-up in MX2 for his sixth rostrum appearance in a r

JOSEP GARCIA ENDS 2021 ENDUROGP SEASON WITH DAY TWO WIN IN FRANCE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has claimed yet another Enduro2 class win, this time on the 12th and final day of the series, in France. The newly crowned E2 Champion was still in with a mathematical chance of claiming the overall EnduroGP title and gave his all on the final day of racing. Placing third overall on the day, Josep secured second place in the 2021 EnduroGP standings, bring

JOSEP GARCIA AND KTM CLAIM ENDURO2 WORLD TITLE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has won the 2021 Enduro2 World Championship. Fighting hard through the nine special tests on day one in France, the KTM 350 EXC-F rider topped the E2 rankings, finishing close to 14 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. The result, and the 20 points earned, secured Garcia the E2 class crown with one day of racing remaining.

RUNNER-UP RESULT FOR MATTHIAS WALKNER ON STAGE FOUR OF RALLYE DU MAROC

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Matthias Walkner has finished second fastest on the fourth and penultimate stage of the Rallye du Maroc. Coming in just 36 seconds behind the winner, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider regains the provisional overall lead of the event. Toby Price and Kevin Benavides brought their KTM 450 RALLY machines home in sixth and ninth places respectively, while Sam Sunderland was forced to withdraw from

TOBY PRICE TOP KTM RIDER ON CHALLENGING RALLYE DU MAROC STAGE THREE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has finished as the top KTM rider on a long and technically demanding stage three of the Rallye du Maroc, claiming 11th place on his KTM 450 RALLY. Just behind, Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner finished 12th and 13th respectively, with Kevin Benavides completing the tricky-to-navigate stage in 20th.

DOUBLE WIN FOR JOSEP GARCIA AT ENDUROGP PORTUGAL

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has won the Enduro2 and overall EnduroGP classes on both days of racing in Portugal, round five of the 2021 world championship. The dominant result takes him to the top of the Enduro2 standings and to within 16 points of the EnduroGP class lead with two days left to race.

MATTHIAS WALKNER WINS STAGE TWO IN MOROCCO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has won the second stage of the Rallye du Maroc, while also taking the provisional rally lead. Teammates Kevin Benavides, Sam Sunderland, and Toby Price all enjoyed a strong showing in the Moroccan desert, finishing safely within the top 15.

RED BULL KTM READY TO RACE RALLYE DU MAROC

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are ready to take on round four of the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship – the Rallye du Maroc. Fielding a full four-man line-up of Matthias Walkner, Toby Price, Sam Sunderland, and Kevin Benavides for the first time this season, the team will be aiming to secure the world championship title with Walkner, as well as putting the all-new 2022 KTM 450 RALLY

Fernandez equals Moto2™ win record with victory #7 of 2021

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Raul Fernandez ruled Moto2 for the third race in a row thanks to success at the hot and bumpy Circuit of the Americas for only the second non-European Grand Prix of the 2021 MotoGP season. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3™ teammate Jaume Masia was the highest finisher with the KTM RC4 in a complicated fourteenth GP of the year.

LETTENBICHLER CLAIMS THIRD AT HIXPANIA HARD ENDURO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has secured a podium finish at round seven of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, claiming third on the two-and-a-half-hour main event at Hixpania Hard Enduro. The result sees Lettenbichler successfully defend his second place in the championship standings, where he lies just three points behind the leader.

MANUEL LETTENBICHLER READY TO TAKE ON HIXPANIA HARD ENDURO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler is set to take on round seven of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship this weekend – the Hixpania Hard Enduro in Aguilar de Campoo, Spain. Lying second in the championship chase, just one point from the top of the standings, Mani will be looking to regain the series lead at this all-important penultimate round.

Binder recovers positions and speed for 9th at San Marino MotoGP™

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9th position and seven MotoGP championship points were earned by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli today for the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. The fourteenth round of the season took place in overcast conditions on the Italian east coast.

Misano stamped by Red Bull KTM Ajo in Moto2™ as Fernandez and Gardner go 1-2

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MotoGP ploughed onwards with the 2021 schedule and the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini - round fourteen of the season – saw Moto2 owned by Red Bull KTM Ajo for their tenth success in the category this year. Niccolo Antonelli was runner-up in Moto3™ at Misano.

  • Antonelli takes his second Moto3 podium of 2021 with 2nd place
  • Acosta, 7th, maintains 42 point lead in the Moto3 championship
  • Fernandez takes sixth Moto2 win and second-in-a-row as Gardner takes 2nd
  • Fernandez takes Moto2 Rookie of the Year accolade

 

Moto3

Niccolo Antonelli chased Dennis Foggia hard for victory in a cloud-covered 23-lap Moto3 race and was denied by half a second at the finish line. The Italian was able to celebrate his second podium appearance with the KTM RC4 from the last three Grands Prix thanks to his runner-up position.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Pedro Acosta battled hard in the second group to make sure of 7th place which allows the rookie teenager to preserve a healthy margin in the championship standings over both Foggia and Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard leads by 42 points with just 100 left to win this season. Jaume Masia was 5th and the first KTM GP Academy rider home.

Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Deniz Öncü was chasing a strong grid position in Saturday morning’s FP3 session but a heavy crash into the last corner meant the Turk had to start from the back of the grid and required a fitness test to compete. He rode to 21st place. Teammate Ayumu Sasaki classified 10th.

 

Moto2

Raul Fernandez took his Red Bull KTM Ajo motorcycle to a fifth Pole Position of his rookie season on Saturday. The Spaniard is still recovering from a broken right hand but was in the heart of the battle for 25 laps on Sunday. The rookie eventually succeeded by less than half a second from World Championship leader and teammate Remy Gardner. While Fernandez toasted his sixth win (and second in a row) and his ninth podium result Gardner survived a massive moment on the last lap gain his eleventh trophy of the term. Misano was the eighth occasion the teammates have appeared on the rostrum together and just 34 points split the teammates.

Raul Fernandez: “Another really difficult race. I didn’t sleep well Saturday night so I’m really happy with this. The track was different to yesterday and I didn’t have much grip. I want to thank the team for an incredible bike and also the Clinica Mobile because the hand was still not good. I don’t know how I could ride or brake but we did it today.”

Remy Gardner: “I definitely had my heart in my mouth on the last lap! I had to come back from a long way. I was pushing hard and I honestly felt that I wouldn’t win it today but on the last lap a bit of hope came back and I pushed so hard to close the gap. I was lucky to save the bike through the fast kink. There have been worst days! I’m pretty happy and onto the next one.”

The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas will take MotoGP outside of Europe for only the second time this year. The sweeping COTA circuit in Texas is the stage for round fifteen in two weeks.

 

Results Moto3 Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini 2021

1. Dennis Foggia (ITA) Honda 39:17.002

2. Niccolo Antonelli (ITA) KTM +0.565

3. Andrea Migno (ITA) Honda +0.817

5. Jaume Masia (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +3.098

7. Pedro Acosta (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +9.991

10. Ayumu Sasaki (JPN) Red Bull KTM Tech3 +10.344

21. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Tech3 +26.962

 

Results Moto2 Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini 2021

1. Raul Fernandez (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo 39:49.990

2. Remy Gardner (AUS) Red Bull KTM Ajo +5.408

3. Aron Canet (ESP) +6.824

MANUEL LETTENBICHLER THIRD AT HERO CHALLENGE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has finished third at round six of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, HERO Challenge in Poland. A high-paced, three-hour extreme cross-country race, Mani finished just 21 seconds behind runner-up Billy Bolt. In doing so he maintained his 100 per cent podium finishing record in the series to date.

RED BULL KTM FINISH STRONG AT AMA PRO MOTOCROSS SEASON FINALE

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The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team had a strong finish to the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Championship as Cooper Webb and Max Vohland both scored season-best finishes at the Hangtown Motocross Classic finale. Securing his best combined moto scores of 3-2 on the day, Webb claimed another third-place podium finish to end the season on a high note with fourth overall in the 450MX Championship.

MANUEL LETTENBICHLER READY FOR HERO CHALLENGE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler is ready to race HERO Challenge in Poland, round six of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. As a new addition to the HEWC calendar, Mani heads to Poland looking to extend his lead in the prestigious hard enduro series.

ANOTHER STRONG PODIUM FINISH FOR COOPER WEBB AT FOX RACEWAY II NATIONAL

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Carrying great momentum into the final stretch of the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb scored a third-place podium finish at Saturday’s Fox Raceway II National in Southern California, making it two-in-a-row at the penultimate round.

Igniting his charge with third overall at the last round, Webb powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into second-place off the line in Moto 1. He was challenged from behind early on, eventually slipping into third. He engaged in a fierce battle with Eli Tomac for podium contention before entering into lapped traffic around the midway point. Despite his best efforts to hold Tomac off, Webb was unable to make it back to a podium position – ending fourth in the first moto.

In Moto 2, Webb once again seized the holeshot but he quickly settled into third on the first lap. Shuffling back to fourth briefly, Webb charged his way back into a podium position and finished the moto strong in third.

Webb: “The track was super gnarly and just baked but I was super happy with today. Same as last weekend, we were a little bit further off the [leader’s] pace but I got a great start that second one and tried to run up there as long as I could. It was a tough day, just super warm and super rough but I’m happy to be on the podium. I usually struggle here, so I’m stoked with that.”

After a tough second moto at the previous round, Max Vohland had his sights set on redemption in the 250MX class. In Moto 1, Vohland captured the holeshot aboard his KTM 250 SX-F and he settled into second early on. He held onto that position for two laps before shuffling around in the top-four for the next few laps. Battling the scorching conditions late in the race, Vohland did his best to hold strong in the closing laps to ultimately finish seventh. Still feeling the effects of the heat going into Moto 2, Vohland lined up feeling less than 100% but he dug deep and powered his way to a 15th place finish. With 7-15 moto scores, Vohland was able to salvage 13th overall on the day.

Vohland: “Moto 1 was really good, I ended up holeshotting the moto and running up front for a while in the top three. I ended up slipping back to the top-five for a little bit and started getting really hot towards the end of the moto. The heat really took it out of me today, I was really struggling going to the line for the second moto, I didn’t think I was going to ride, but I did the best I could and ended up 15th. We’ve got one more round to go at Hangtown, my hometown track, so I’m looking forward to it and trying to end the season on a high note.”

The AMA Pro Motocross Championship will head to its final round of racing next Saturday, September 11 with the Hangtown National in Rancho Cordova, California.

Results 450MX Class – Fox Raceway II National

1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 2-1

2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha, 1-2

3. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 4-3

OTHER KTM

9. Joey Savatgy (USA), KTM

10. Fredrik Noren (SWE), KTM

12. Ben LaMay (USA), KTM

14. Justin Bogle (USA), KTM

16. Kevin Moranz (USA), KTM

31. Ezra Lewis (USA), KTM

36. Connor Olson (USA), KTM

37. Dennis Stapleton (USA), KTM

Results 250MX Class – Fox Raceway II National

1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda, 1-1

2. Michael Mosiman (USA), GASGAS, 2-4

3. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha, 5-2

OTHER KTM

8. Joshua Varize (USA), KTM

13. Maximus Vohland (USA), KTM, 7-15

16. Christopher Prebula (USA), KTM

23. Xylian Ramella (SWI), KTM

29. Chad Saultz (USA), KTM

37. Jeffrey Walker (USA), KTM

Standings 450MX Class 2021 after 11 of 12 rounds

1. Dylan Ferrandis, 486 points

2. Ken Roczen, 424

3. Eli Tomac, 415

OTHER KTM

5. Cooper Webb, 316

7. Marvin Musquin, 240

8. Joey Savatgy, 240

14. Justin Bogle, 156

18. Fredrik Noren, 79

Standings 250MX Class 2021 after 11 of 12 rounds

1. Jett Lawrence, 464

2. Justin Cooper, 441

3. Hunter Lawrence, 349

OTHER KTM

9. Max Vohland, 202

JOSEP GARCIA CLAIMS OVERALL VICTORY AT 2021 INTERNATIONAL SIX DAYS ENDURO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has successfully finished the 2021 FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) as the outright fastest rider on his KTM 350 EXC-F. Winning the Enduro2 class along the way, Garcia’s incredible display of speed and consistency also helped Spain to a runner-up finish in the World Trophy competition.

ANOTHER STRONG PODIUM FINISH FOR COOPER WEBB

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Carrying great momentum into the final stretch of the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb scored a third-place podium finish at Saturday’s Fox Raceway II National in Southern California, making it two-in-a-row at the penultimate round.

WEBB PODIUMS AT IRONMAN MX NATIONAL

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb had a strong finish to Saturday’s Ironman National where he made his first podium appearance of the season with third overall in the 450MX class.

JOSEP GARCIA AND KTM READY TO RACE 95TH INTERNATIONAL SIX DAYS ENDURO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia is set to lead Spain’s World Trophy team at the 95th edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), held in the Lombardy-Piedmont region of Italy, southwest of Milan. Joining Garcia in Italy, FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert will once again compete as a key member of Team USA’s World Trophy team.

KTM AND JOSEP GARCIA SIGN TWO-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are pleased to announce the signing of a two-year contract extension with Spanish enduro star Josep Garcia. The agreement will see the former Enduro World Champion remain with the team through to the end of the 2023 season, riding the proven KTM 350 EXC-F in the FIM Enduro World Championship and the ISDE.

WEBB SCORES A TOP-FIVE FINISH AT BUDDS CREEK MX NATIONAL

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb matched his best finish of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship season with a hard-fought fifth overall at Saturday’s ninth round of racing at Budds Creek MX in Maryland. Teammate Marvin Musquin had the speed to battle up front all day, despite working through a first-moto crash to come away with seventh overall on the day.

HARD-FOUGHT RUNNER-UP RESULT FOR MANUEL LETTENBICHLER AT RED BULL TKO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has finished as an incredibly close runner-up at round five of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, Red Bull TKO. In what turned out to be an intense two-man fight for the win, Lettenbichler ultimately lost out by less than three seconds. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Trystan Hart rounded out the podium in third.

Binder rolls the dice in Austria and storms to second MotoGP™ victory

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing sampled the sweet taste of success at their home Grand Prix as Brad Binder defied a crazy dry/wet Bitci Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich to win for the second time in his career in the premier class. The South African ensured that KTM trod the top step of the podium for the second time in 2021 and for the second year in a row at the Red Bull Ring.

STRONG SHOWING FOR MUSQUIN AND THE RED BULL KTM TEAM AT UNADILLA NATIONAL

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It was a rough and technical day of racing at the Unadilla National and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin proved that he was up for the challenge as he boasted a season-best third overall in the premier 450MX class at Round 8 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Teammate Max Vohland also put forth his best performance of the season, claiming 6-5 moto scores in the 250MX class to secur

MANUEL LETTENBICHLER HEADS TO AMERICA FOR RED BULL TKO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler will soon arrive in Tennessee, USA to contest Red Bull TKO, round five of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. Winner of the event in 2019, Lettenbichler will be looking to repeat that success to further extend his lead in the world championship standings.

MANUEL LETTENBICHLER SECURES RED BULL ROMANIACS HAT-TRICK

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has claimed victory at Red Bull Romaniacs, round four of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. Topping the timesheets on the fifth and final day of racing, Mani won the race by over 27 minutes to secure his third consecutive victory at the world’s toughest hard enduro rallye. The win also moves the KTM rider to the top of the world championship

MANUEL LETTENBICHLER SET FOR 2021 RED BULL ROMANIACS

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler is ready to race the 2021 Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rallye. Comprising five days of demanding offroad racing, from July 27-31, the iconic event marks the fourth round of this year’s FIM Hard Enduro World Championship.

Red Bull KTM lock-out Loket as Prado and Guadagnini win in the Czech Republic

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing left the confines of the tight, twisty and slick hard-pack circuit of Loket with full honors at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic and round five of 2021 MXGP. Jorge Prado won the MXGP class for the first time this season (ensuring all three factory riders in the category have climbed the top step of the podium in just five events) and Mattia Guadagnini seized MX2.

PODIUM SUCCESS FOR JOSEP GARCIA AT ENDUROGP SWEDEN

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has enjoyed another strong weekend of racing in the 2021 FIM Enduro World Championship. Securing a hard-fought runner-up EnduroGP class result on day one of the GP of Sweden, Josep then backed it up with an Enduro2 class win and a fourth-place finish in EnduroGP on day two. The Spaniard now lies second overall in both classes as the championship heads int

DOUBLE ENDUROGP WIN FOR JOSEP GARCIA IN ESTONIA

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has topped the EnduroGP timesheets on both days of racing at the GP of Estonia, earning his first EnduroGP class victory of the 2021 season. Backing up his winning day one performance with a second consecutive victory on Sunday, the KTM 350 EXC-F rider enjoyed a massively positive weekend and moved himself up into the runner-up position in both the Enduro

CONSISTENT DAY FOR MARVIN MUSQUIN AT ROUND 6 OF AMA PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

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The 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Championship reached its halfway point on Saturday with the sixth round taking place in Millville, Minnesota with the Spring Creek National. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin came away with a consistent seventh overall in the 450MX class, while \rookie teammate Max Vohland put in some solid laps up front to earn 11th overall in the 250MX class.

RUNNER-UP RESULT FOR MANUEL LETTENBICHLER AT ABESTONE HARD ENDURO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has placed a close second at the 2021 Abestone Hard Enduro. Completing the ultra-tough two-lap Super Final in an incredible time of one-hour-and-45-minutes, just 41 seconds behind the winner, the German earns his first FIM Hard Enduro World Championship points of the season, and will go into the next round lying second in the series standings.

WEBB CAPTURES A TOP-FIVE FINISH AT THE WICK 338 NATIONAL

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Five rounds into the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Championship and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb is falling into stride as he inches closer to a podium finish in the outdoor season. The Wick 338 National is no slouch on the circuit and the reigning 450SX Champion saw perhaps his best performance of the season in the rough, sandy terrain as he claimed a top-five overall with 6-5 moto finishes

MANUEL LETTENBICHLER READY TO RACE ABESTONE HARD ENDURO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has travelled to Italy to race Abestone Hard Enduro. Marking the third round of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, the three-day event looks set to test all competitors with a variety of race formats leading up to a three-hour, technically demanding Super Final on Sunday, July 11.

MATTHIAS WALKNER WINS THE 2021 SILK WAY RALLY

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has won the Silk Way Rally. Placing second on the fifth and final stage, Walkner extended his lead at the top of the timesheets to claim the race victory and finish over six minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

THIRD PLACE FOR MATTHIAS WALKNER ON SILK WAY RALLY STAGE FOUR

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Matthias Walkner has claimed a third-place finish on stage four of the 2021 Silk Way Rally. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider safely completed the second half of the event’s marathon stage with no issues to successfully extend his lead at the top of the provisional standings. With the event being shortened to just five days, Walkner now faces one final stage before the finish in Gorno-Altaisk

WALKNER WINS SILK WAY RALLY STAGE THREE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has topped the timesheets on stage three of the 2021 Silk Way Rally. The Austrian rider now leads the overall standings by over two minutes, with two stages left to race.

WALKNER PLACES FOURTH ON SILK WAY RALLY STAGE TWO

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has put in another strong performance at the 2021 Silk Way Rally, racing to fourth place on the relatively short timed special on day two. The Austrian rider now lies third overall, just over three minutes down on the provisional leader.

SEASON BEST FINISHES FOR WEBB AND VOHLAND AT REDBUD MX NATIONAL

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb secured a season-best finish of seventh overall in a hard-hitting field of 450MX riders at Saturday’s RedBud MX National in Buchanan, Michigan. Rookie teammate Max Vohland also scored his best finish at Round 4, claiming ninth overall in the 250MX division.

RED BULL KTM’S MATTHIAS WALKNER READY TO RACE SILK WAY RALLY

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has arrived in Russia to race the second round of the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the Silk Way Rally. This year’s event, held across the two countries of Russia and Mongolia, will challenge riders with 10 stages of racing, covering more than 5,400km of tough, varied terrain. Walkner’s teammates, Sam Sunderland, Toby Price, and K

Red Bull KTM Ajo relentless in Moto2™ with Fernandez Dutch GP victory

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The Motul TT Assen brought MotoGP back to one of the most renowned and prestigious circuits in Grand Prix racing. The ninth round of the 2021 world championship season at the TT Circuit Assen was the scene for Red Bull KTM Ajo to dominate the intermediate class once more with Raul Fernandez triumphant just ahead of teammate Remy Gardner.

  • Fernandez takes third Moto2 win in rookie season, Gardner in 2nd
  • Red Bull KTM Ajo have won six of nine Moto2 grands prix in 2021 and with four 1-2 results
  • Acosta finishes 4th in Moto3 after recovering from a Saturday crash
  • Rossi Moor claims second race in round four of the 2021 Northern Talent Cup

 

Moto3

The 22-lap Moto3 contest opened race day that dawned with warm but cloudy conditions in the Drenthe region of the Netherlands. CIP Green Power’s Kaito Toba was the lead KTM RC4 rider on the grid in 5th place but Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jaume Masia was not far behind in 10th. The Spaniard’s teammate – teenage hotshot and Moto3 pacesetter Pedro Acosta was declared fit to race after his crash on Saturday that initially counted him out of Q2 and saw him start from 18th on the grid.

The rookie charged through to put himself into podium contention. With five laps to go the leading group consisted of nine riders and Acosta was at the tail end of the melee. He pushed up to 4th and was just 1.3 seconds away from winner Dennis Foggia. Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Deniz Öncü was 15th while Masia ended the day 20th after having to take a ride-through penalty.

Acosta’s advantage in the Moto3 standings is still a hefty 48 points over Sergio Garcia.

 

Moto2

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Raul Fernandez set off from Pole Position for the fourth time in the last five Grands Prix but had teammate, championship leader and winning of the previous three rounds Remy Gardner for company on the front row. The Spaniard and Australian filled positions inside a breakaway top-four as Fernandez impressively recovered from a mistake on the first circulation to burst through to the front with less than five laps remaining. He set a new lap record on the way to a one-second gap over Gardner by the finish line. Assen was the sixth occasion this year this year where both riders have taken to the podium together and the fourth time they have classified 1-2.

Remy has a 31-point margin over Fernandez and has only missed the top three once this season.

Raul Fernandez: “It was an amazing race. I’m a bit destroyed because I made two bad laps at the beginning and I had to really push to recover. It was a mentally difficult race but I want to say a big thanks to my team for giving me an incredible bike. At the end I was really strong.”

Now at the midway point of the season, MotoGP breaks for a five-week hiatus and resumes with back-to-back events at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria in the two first weekends of August.

 

Northern Talent Cup

Lorenz Luciano swept to victory in the first of two races (round four of seven) at the Motul TT Assen with a strong line exiting the Gert Timmer curve and claimed the checkered flag by a split second. For the second sprint in the Netherlands the Belgian was again part of the front-running pack but it was Rossi Moor who comfortably rode to the win for his second success in as many rounds.

 

Results Moto3 Motul TT Assen 2021

1. Dennis Foggia (ITA) Honda 37:35.287

2. Sergio Garcia (ESP) GASGAS +0.078

3. Romano Fenati (ITA) Husqvarna +0.207

4. Pedro Acosta (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.352

5. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Honda +1.445

15. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Tech3 +27.036

20. Jaume Masia (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +45.670

 

Results Moto2 Motul TT Assen 2021

1. Raul Fernandez (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo 39:01.832

2. Remy Gardner (AUS) Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.066

3. Augusto Fernandez (ESP) +1.265

ENDURO2 PODIUM SUCCESS FOR GARCIA AT ITALIAN GP

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has secured Enduro2 class podium results on both days of racing at the GP of Italy, placing second on day one and third on day two. Making a one-off FIM Enduro World Championship appearance, Manuel Lettenbichler finished in seventh place on Saturday in E2, but was unfortunately forced to withdraw from day two following a technical issue.

MANI LETTENBICHLER JOINS JOSEP GARCIA FOR ENDUROGP OF ITALY

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler is ready to take on round two of the 2021 FIM Enduro World Championship. Joining teammate Josep Garcia in Edolo, Italy, Lettenbichler will make a one-off appearance in the series where he will contest the Enduro2 category on a KTM 450 EXC-F.

DOUBLE ENDURO2 PODIUM FINISH FOR JOSEP GARCIA AT GP OF PORTUGAL

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has secured podium places in the Enduro2 class on both days of racing at the GP of Portugal, round one of the 2021 FIM Enduro World Championship. Completing day one in second, Garcia dropped to third in class on Sunday following a couple of small mistakes. His results place him third overall in the Enduro2 standings at the close of round one.

RED BULL KTM MANAGE TOP-10 FINISHES AT HIGH POINT MX NATIONAL

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The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team returned to racing on Saturday with Round 3 of the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at High Point Raceway. In the 450MX class, teammates Marvin Musquin and Cooper Webb overcame their own challenges to finish inside the top-10 overall, while rookie 250MX riders Max Vohland and Kailub Russell took away some positives from a building year in the class.

JOSEP GARCIA READY FOR ENDUROGP RETURN

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia will make his much-anticipated return to the FIM Enduro World Championship this weekend at round one of the 2021 series, held in Portugal from June 18-20. Riding the KTM 350 EXC-F, Garcia will be looking to claim his second Enduro2 class title while also fighting for overall honors in the EnduroGP category.

MATTHIAS WALKNER FINISHES AS RUNNER-UP AT 2021 RALLY KAZAKHSTAN

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has successfully completed a shortened fifth and final stage of the 2021 Rally Kazakhstan in sixth place, earning him second overall in the event’s provisional classifications. Unfortunately, Sam Sunderland suffered a fall around kilometer 20, injuring his hip, and was unable to continue.

RUNNER-UP RESULT FOR WALKNER ON RALLY KAZAKHSTAN STAGE FOUR

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has finished as runner-up on stage four of the 2021 Rally Kazakhstan. The result moves him up to second place overall in the provisional rally standings with one stage left to race. Sam Sunderland completed the timed special in an excellent seventh place, despite opening the stage, and lies fourth in the overall rankings.

STAGE THREE WIN FOR SUNDERLAND AT RALLY KAZAKHSTAN

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland has taken the win on the long stage three of Rally Kazakhstan. Finishing two minutes ahead of his rivals, the result moves Sunderland up to fourth in the provisional overall standings. Matthias Walkner safely completed the stage in 10th, just under 12 minutes down on his teammate.

MATTHIAS WALKNER TAKES OVERALL LEAD AT RALLY KAZAKHSTAN

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has put in another superb performance at the 2021 Rally Kazakhstan to finish as second fastest on stage two, moving himself into the provisional lead of the event. Sam Sunderland also enjoyed a strong showing, placing sixth for sixth overall with three days left to race.

MXGP 2021: the view from the top

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The 65th year of the FIM Motocross World Championship gets underway with the Grand Prix of Russia. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing is hoping to defend the MX2 title and compete for their third MXGP crown since 2017. As the race in Orlyonok fast approaches, KTM’s race management explained their views and hopes for the 19-round series.

WEBB AND MUSQUIN COLLECT TOP-10 FINISHES AT THUNDER VALLEY MX NATIONAL

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Two rounds into the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the 450MX class has revealed a highly-competitive field of the nation’s top motocross racers. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammates Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin have proven to be in the elite category but a top-10 result didn’t come without a fight at Saturday’s Thunder Valley MX National in Colorado.

RED BULL KTM READY TO RACE RALLY KAZAKHSTAN

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner are ready to compete at the first round of the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship – Rally Kazakhstan – taking place from June 7-13.

Gardner confirmed for 2022 Tech3 KTM Factory Racing MotoGP™ saddle

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Grand Prix winning Moto2™ star Remy Gardner will move into the MotoGP class next season and steer one of the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing RC16s as he continues his upward trajectory at world championship level.

Gardner, the current Moto2 championship leader, Italian Grand Prix victor and owner of five podiums from six events this season as part of Aki Ajo’s Red Bull KTM Ajo squad, has signed a contract to make his MotoGP debut next year and completes the final step on the KTM GP Academy career ‘ladder’ by joining his former team.

The 23-year-old’s potential has been evident through an education that involved one term in Moto3 and five in Moto2. He was finally snared by KTM to round-off advanced phases of his development under Ajo’s watchful eye and in the crew that has pushed both the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing athletes – Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira – to triumph in MotoGP.

Remy made his GP debut in San Marino in 2014. He first stood on the Moto2 podium in 2019 at the Grand Prix of Argentina and has progressed to be one of the main protagonists of the division. After his success at Mugello last weekend he now holds two Moto2 winner’s trophies and fronts the standings by six points.

Gardner will fire-up the Tech3 KTM RC16 for the first round of the 2022 season, almost three decades after his father, Wayne, retired from the premier class of Grand Prix racing in 1992.

Remy Gardner: “I’m extremely happy that KTM have given me this opportunity. It’s a dream come true for me and what we have worked for up until this point. It’s an incredible chance for me and I cannot wait to ride the bike. I just want to thank KTM for believing in me. Right now we need to focus on finishing 2021 in a strong way. I want to thank also everyone who has supported me to reach MotoGP. We’re just getting started.”

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director: “It’s a real pleasure for us to bring Remy to MotoGP next season because we knew about his speed and ability for Moto2 and he has confirmed that potential. We believe there is much more to come from him and it’s important he has this opportunity to keep growing. Remy is a typical racer. He’s super-determined and never gives up. He’s exciting to watch and we’re looking forward to working with him in this next step. Again, we’re also showing that the KTM GP Academy can give the right opportunity for riders that want to go all the way.”

Hervé Poncharal, Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Team Principal: “We are very proud, happy and confident to welcome Remy. We believe he will be a strong asset to the KTM MotoGP line up and I think having taken this decision is now going to help Remy to focus 100% on his Moto2 World Championship and will also help us, the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Team to focus on our 2021 season. So, welcome back, Remy, keep on pushing and come to join us for your MotoGP adventure in 2022!”

RED BULL KTM BATTLES THROUGH INTENSE PRO MOTOCROSS SEASON OPENER

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Saturday kicked off the start to the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Championship taking place at Southern California’s popular Fox Raceway at Pala. The demanding two-moto format made for an intense opening round and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team came away with mixed results in both the 450 and 250 MX divisions.

KTM climbs the Moto3™ podium and Fernandez wins Moto2™ in Le Mans

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Ayumu Sasaki and Deniz Öncü gave their Red Bull KTM Tech3 team a pair of top ten results through a difficult mix of wet and dry conditions at Le Mans for the squad’s home Shark Grand Prix de France. Italian Riccardo Rossi was the top KTM RC4 racer in 3rd position. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner finished 1-2 in a sunny Moto2 race and both riders top the championship.

MANUEL LETTENBICHLER CLAIMS SECOND AT EXTREME XL LAGARES

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has finished as runner-up at Extreme XL Lagares – round one of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. Despite the race format being extensively revised and officials taking the decision not to award championship points, Lettenbichler raced on, earning a commendable second place overall in tough and muddy conditions in Portugal.

LETTENBICHLER READY TO RACE EXTREME XL LAGARES

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler is ready to take on the 2021 edition of Extreme XL Lagares. The three-day Portuguese event, running from May 7-9, marks the opening round of the inaugural FIM Hard Enduro World Championship.

Acosta sensational again for third straight Moto3™ Grand Prix win

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Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Pedro Acosta continues to stun the Moto3 World Championship in his rookie season and claimed his third win in a row – meaning a 100% podium record in 2021 - at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España for the fourth round of 2021 MotoGP™. Remy Gardner maintains his lead in the Moto2™ series after finishing 4th at a sunny Circuito de Jerez.

COOPER WEBB IS CROWNED 2021 450SX CHAMPION

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb had an incredible conclusion to the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, clinching his second-career 450SX title with a dominant victory at Saturday’s season finale. Marvin Musquin furthered the remarkable night for the team as he delivered a strong runner-up performance to give Red Bull KTM back-to-back 1-2 sweeps in Salt Lake City, Utah.

POINTS LEADER COOPER WEBB FINISHES SIXTH IN ATLANTA

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The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team salvaged a tough day of racing on Tuesday as teammates Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin came away with sixth and seventh-place finishes, respectively, at Round 14 of the AMA Supercross Championship at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With three rounds remaining, Webb holds a 13-point lead in the 450SX Championship.

KEVIN BENAVIDES JOINS RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are excited to announce that Argentinian racer Kevin Benavides has joined the ultra-successful rally team with immediate effect. The 32-year-old from Salta will compete in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and the prestigious Dakar Rally riding the KTM 450 RALLY.

Acosta celebrates stunning first Moto3™ victory

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Pedro Acosta starred for the KTM GP Academy at the second Grand Prix of 2021 to take place at a windy and challenging Losail International Circuit. The 16-year old 2020 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion recorded his first win in just his second GP start and after beginning the race from the pitlane. In Moto2 Remy Gardner was runner-up for the second Sunday in a row and rookie teammate Raul Fern

Oliveira & Binder score first MotoGP™ points at 2021 season opener

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The lights were on at the Losail International Circuit but the red start lights fell for the first of nineteen Grands Prix in 2021. Through tricky and blustery conditions in Qatar Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Miguel Oliveira challenged for the top ten of the premier class before classifying 13th, one position ahead of teammate Brad Binder.

Superb Qatar GP opener for KTM GP Academy with Moto3™ victory

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The Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar was the stage for an emphatic showing by the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team as Jaume Masia triumphed around a sweeping, quick but also dirty Losail International Circuit with high winds causing further problems. Sixteen-year-old rookie Moto3 teammate Pedro Acosta grabbed a career defining debut result with 2nd place. Remy Gardner scores 2nd spot in the Moto2™ race.

WEBB SWEEPS ARLINGTON WITH THIRD-CONSECUTIVE WIN ON SATURDAY

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb made it a clean sweep in the Lonestar state this week as he clinched a third-consecutive victory inside AT&T Stadium on Saturday for Round 12 of the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship. Coming into the three-race residency in Arlington, Webb sat two points down in the championship standings but he fought his way back to a 15-point lead as the series heads int

WEBB EXTENDS POINTS LEAD WITH ANOTHER WIRE-TO-WIRE VICTORY IN ARLINGTON

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb continues to keep his momentum rolling in Arlington as he raced his way to another wire-to-wire victory in Tuesday’s 450SX Main Event. With back-to-back wins through the first two rounds of “residency” in Texas, Webb now carries a 12-point championship lead into Round 12 of the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship on Saturday where he looks to make it three-fo

WEBB CHARGES TO THE PODIUM AT DAYTONA SUPERCROSS

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb had a statement performance inside ‘The World Center of Racing’ on Saturday, where he made a striking last-lap pass to secure second-place at the Daytona SX in Florida. With his fourth consecutive podium appearance at Round 9, Webb continues his momentous run for a second-career title in the 450SX class.

MOTOGP™ 2021: TIME FOR THE NEXT LEVEL

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KTM Factory Racing unveiled the KTM RC16 colors for the 2021 MotoGP FIM World Championship through a digital presentation that introduced the new look, line-ups and objectives for the anticipated season ahead.

WEBB AND MUSQUIN SHARE THE PODIUM AT INDY 3 SX

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The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team returned to action in Indianapolis on Saturday with Round 6 of the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship and they capped off their stay in the Hoosier state with a double-podium finish in the 450SX class. It was Cooper Webb who led the charge with a statement performance and second overall, while teammate Marvin Musquin put himself in a favorable position late in th

MOTOGP™ 2021: NEXT LEVEL

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Join us to unearth the new look KTM MotoGP line-up for 2021 with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Tech3 KTM Factory Racing showing off their fresh faces and colors for the forthcoming season.

WEBB LANDS PODIUM FINISH AT INDIANAPOLIS SX 1

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Four rounds into the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb is beginning to step into his stride as he raced his way to a third-place podium finish in what proved to be an intensely chaotic 450SX Main Event in Indianapolis.

KTM AND JOSEP GARCIA RETURN TO FIM ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia is ready to take on the 2021 FIM Enduro World Championship. The 2017 Enduro2 World Champion, who spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons contesting the World Enduro Super Series, will return to the Enduro2 (E2) category and compete onboard a KTM 350 EXC-F.

WEBB DELIVERS RED BULL KTM ITS FIRST 450SX WIN OF 2021 AT HOUSTON

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The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team put a stamp on their final night of residency in Houston on Saturday as Cooper Webb led the charge to top the 450SX podium with an impressive closing performance at Round 3 of the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship. Rookie Maximus Vohland continues to improve and impress, racing his way to a season-best sixth-place in the 250SX Eastern Regional division.

WEBB FIGHTS BACK TO FINISH FOURTH AT SECOND ROUND OF HOUSTON SX

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Just three days after an exciting season opener in Houston, Texas, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team returned to action inside NRG Stadium on Tuesday for Round 2 of the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship. The racing was intense in the 450SX division as track conditions kept riders on their toes in addition to a stacked field of competition in the premier class.

SUNDERLAND AND KTM THIRD OVERALL AT DAKAR RALLY 2021

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland has claimed an impressive third place finish at the incredibly demanding 2021 Dakar Rally. Matthias Walkner fought back from a technical issue early in the event to clinch ninth place overall following a strong ride on the final stage. KTM Factory Racing’s Daniel Sanders, competing in his first ever Dakar, impressed by finishing as top rookie in fourth.

SAM SUNDERLAND WINS STAGE 11 AT DAKAR 2021

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland has won stage 11 of the 2021 Dakar Rally. Putting in an impressive performance through the demanding 464km timed special, the Brit made up over six minutes on his rivals and now lies second overall in the provisional standings. KTM Factory Racing’s Daniel Sanders enjoyed another strong stage finishing in fourth, with Matthias Walkner less than one-minut

TOP FIVE STAGE FINISH FOR WALKNER ON DAKAR RALLY DAY 10

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has secured a fifth-place finish on stage 10 of the 2021 Dakar Rally. On the short but technically demanding day all three factory riders placed inside the top 10 with Daniel Sanders one place behind Walkner in sixth and Sam Sunderland completing the special as eighth fastest.

KTM to vie for MotoGP™ glory until 2026

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KTM Motorsports will be gunning for new milestones and more MotoGP ‘highs’ for the next six years after signing a contract extension with commercial rights-holders and promoters Dorna Sports S.L., ensuring that the KTM RC16 will be present on the grid until 2026.

TOUGH DAY FOR KTM ON DAKAR STAGE NINE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner have successfully completed an eventful stage nine of the 2021 Dakar Rally where unfortunately, due to a crash around kilometer 155, Toby Price was forced to retire from the event. KTM Factory Racing’s Daniel Sanders placed ninth on the demanding timed special.

INCREDIBLE RUNNER-UP FINISH FOR PRICE ON DAKAR RALLY STAGE EIGHT

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has successfully completed stage eight of the 2021 Dakar Rally in an excellent second place. Teammate Sam Sunderland put in yet another strong performance for fourth, with all four factory riders finishing inside the top 10 as Daniel Sanders and Matthias Walkner claimed seventh and eighth respectively.

POSITIVE OPENING LEG OF DAKAR RALLY MARATHON STAGE FOR KTM

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland and Toby Price have enjoyed a hugely positive day of racing on stage seven of the 2021 Dakar Rally to finish fourth and seventh respectively. Price now sits second overall in the provisional standings, just one second off the lead, with Sunderland in third and only two minutes further back. Claiming another top-five stage result, KTM Factory Racing’s Da

RED BULL KTM READY TO TAKE ON WEEK TWO OF 2021 DAKAR RALLY

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders have completed an extremely successful first week at the 2021 Dakar Rally. Toby Price leads the overall provisional standings, with Sam Sunderland in sixth. Matthias Walkner suffered a technical issue on stage two but has since delivered strong performances to move himself back up the leaderboard, sitting just outside the top 20.

TOBY PRICE LEADS DAKAR RALLY AT HALFWAY STAGE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has put in another strong performance at the 2021 Dakar, finishing as seventh fastest on today’s sixth stage to take the provisional overall lead going into Saturday’s rest day. Rally rookie Daniel Sanders finished the day as top KTM, claiming his second top-three result of the event in third, with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner and Sam Sund

TOP-FIVE RESULTS FOR PRICE AND SUNDERLAND ON TECHNICAL DAKAR STAGE FIVE

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has completed the 662km stage five of the 2021 Dakar Rally in an impressive third place, with teammate Sam Sunderland posting the fifth fastest time, just over four minutes down on the eventual stage winner. Both riders now lie inside the top five in the overall provisional standings.

SANDERS CLAIMS THIRD ON DAKAR STAGE FOUR

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KTM Factory Racing’s Daniel Sanders has delivered his best single stage performance of the 2021 Dakar Rally so far, placing an impressive third fastest on the high-speed special. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland, Toby Price and Matthias Walkner all enjoyed solid rides, safely completing the stage without mishap.

TOBY PRICE SECURES STAGE THREE DAKAR RALLY WIN

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has taken the stage win on day three of the 2021 Dakar Rally, his second stage victory of the event so far. Teammates Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland also delivered strong rides, finishing in third and fifth respectively. KTM Factory Racing’s Daniel Sanders secured his second consecutive top-10 result in eighth.

CHALLENGING DAY FOR KTM ON STAGE TWO OF 2021 DAKAR RALLY

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At the end of what was a demanding day for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Sam Sunderland and Toby Price both put in solid rides from the front to finish 17th and 22nd respectively on stage two of the 2021 Dakar Rally. Matthias Walkner unfortunately lost a lot of time on the stage when a technical issue forced him to make repairs mid-special. KTM Factory Racing’s Daniel Sanders enjoyed a strong day t

TOBY PRICE WINS STAGE ONE AT DAKAR 2021

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price has got his 2021 Dakar Rally campaign off to the perfect start with victory on stage one. Teammates Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland also put in strong results on the opening day, finishing third and fourth respectively.

KTM RIDERS COMPLETE SHAKEDOWN TESTS AHEAD OF 2021 DAKAR RALLY

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The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing trio of Toby Price, Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland have successfully completed their Shakedown tests ahead of this year’s Dakar Rally. Joined by KTM Factory Racing’s Daniel Sanders in Jeddah, the team will now complete all administrative tasks before the qualifying Prologue on Saturday, January 2.

RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING FULLY FOCUSED ON DAKAR PREPARATIONS

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With the 2021 Dakar Rally now just one month away, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing have their sights firmly set on battling for the number one position at the world’s toughest cross-country rally. In what has been a hugely disrupted year, which saw the team make only one competitive outing following the 2020 Dakar, Toby Price, Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland are all fully fit and keen to get racin

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

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.

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...

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

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™.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

OTHER KTM

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

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

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.”

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

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

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.”

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

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

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

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.

MXGP

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.”

MX2

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

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

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

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

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.”

 

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.

MXGP

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

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

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.”

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

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.

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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.