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    Binder & Miller chase the night at Qatar test: Roll on 2024 MotoGP™!

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    MotoGP moved from Asia to the Middle East and from Malaysia to Qatar for the second pre-season test of the 2024 campaign. Brad Binder logged the 9th fastest effort through the two seven-hour sessions across two days and Jack Miller was 11th quickest as Red Bull KTM registered almost 220 laps in their chase of the best set-up to enter the new calendar.

    • Promising outing for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing with both Brad Binder and Jack Miller under the lap record set in 2023 and more than a second faster than the best race time from last year
    • Brad Binder produces 106 laps, a time nearly two tenths of a second under the lap record and six tenths from P1 at the Qatar test
    • Jack Miller is just over a tenth of a second behind his teammate after 112 times around the flat, curving Losail layout
    • Round one of 2024 MotoGP will take place at the same venue for the Grand Prix of Qatar and where the team have scored 2nd and 5th position finishes in the last two editions of the race

    KTM swapped heat, humidity and a sticky Sepang International Circuit for the evening lights, strong breeze and sandy, abrasive asphalt of the Lusail International Circuit as Qatar hosted the second and final pre-season test of 2024 MotoGP. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing joined their peers for a two-day run at the 5.4km course north of Doha, and the last chance to try parts and ideas and homologate configurations of the KTM RC16 for the campaign ahead.

    Brad Binder and Jack Miller took profit of a track that gradually became cleaner throughout use on Monday to re-try technical directions with aerodynamics and other mods discovered in Malaysia two weeks previously. The second day provided a final bout of confirmation before work also addressed set-up for the forthcoming Grand Prix (with a view towards the 11-lap Sprint and 22-lap full distance event). A time attack ‘blast’ resulted with Binder in 9th and Miller a slither of a second behind in 11th.

    Only 17 days separate the last laps of the test in Lusail until the first circulations of the Grand Prix of Qatar and the opening round of 21 in the 2024 MotoGP season. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing will get fast again when it counts on Friday March 8th to launch their eighth term on the premier class grid.

    KTM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE JUNIOR E-MOTOCROSS SERIES REGISTRATION FOR 2024 IS NOW OPEN

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    With the full support of KTM, the Junior e-Motocross Series returns for 2024 and today, registration has officially opened for youngsters who race a KTM SX-E 5 to secure one of 40 spots on the start line. Proving to be incredibly popular since its inception in 2021, the five-round, e-motorsport competition caters for young motocross riders between six and eight years old and takes place alongside.

    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing unveiled and set for 2024 MotoGP™

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    Covers off and sights narrowed: 2024 will represent KTM’s eighth year on the MotoGP grid and there have been plenty of milestones among the mileage. Brad Binder, Jack Miller, the full Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad, the testing crew and engineering operation back in Austria are primed for another stellar campaign in which the sporting targets lie in the stats.

    RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM PUSHES THROUGH GLENDALE CHALLENGE

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    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing remains in the title hunt after enduring a challenging night of racing at Round 6 of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship, with 450SX riders Chase Sexton and Aaron Plessinger rounding out the top 10 in the Main Event, while 250SX West Class rookie Julien Beaumer rode to a seventh-place finish.

    Defending 450SX Class Champion Sexton entered the weekend with a hand injury sustained during the week, with the number 1 intent on salvaging points toward the championship. After qualifying eighth, he would enter the Main Event via a determined fourth-place ride in his Heat Race.

    A gritty performance in the Main Event saw Sexton in the fight for the entirety of the race on his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, focused on capturing as many points as possible before the series enters a one-week break. In true championship form, Sexton would cross the line in ninth position, and will now take the time to recover further in the coming weeks.

    Chase Sexton: “I did what I could tonight to salvage points toward the championship after hurting my hand this week. The week was rough and I wasn't even sure that I'd be able to race this weekend, but we got through the day and I'm just grateful that we have a scheduled weekend off coming up next week, so that should really help the healing process a lot. The way the results went tonight, I didn't lose too many points, so I'm still right in the title fight."

    Plessinger powered his way to the seventh-fastest 450SX Class qualifying time within State Farm Stadium, before charging to a convincing Heat Race win after a strong start onboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION.

    In launching to a top-three start in the Main Event, Plessinger again demonstrated his immense form as he sat in second position, putting pressure on the leader as the laps clicked by. A small mishap then unfortunately saw the number 7 on the ground, before he remounted deep in the pack. From there, 'The Cowboy' was determined to salvage points, which saw him climb to 10th place in the end.

    Aaron Plessinger: “I'm just really annoyed about dropping it in the Main Event! I was riding good all day, holeshotted the Heat Race and then went wire-to-wire for the win. Entered the Main feeling good, got a good start there too and was right behind Kenny [Roczen], putting the pressure on, and then had a bonehead move where I tucked the front. The field was still bunched up at that time, so I went back to P22 and came back to 10th. This one stings, but we’re still in the championship hunt heading into Arlington."

    250SX West Class newcomer Beaumer returned to action in Arizona, recording the fourth-fastest time in qualifying aboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, before collecting P4 in his Heat Race to enter the Main Event with a solid gate pick.

    A top 10 start for the teenager and a consistent ride saw him battle hard on the technical Glendale track layout, which yielded a seventh-place finish as the western region now gets ready to take a six-week break, which will be valuable for Beaumer to keep gaining valuable experience at the test track with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

    Julien Beaumer: “It was a good day for me here in Glendale, qualifying fourth and then fighting my way into fourth for the Heat Race also. The Main Event was good also, started in 10th and charged my way to fourth, before a couple of small mistakes with my timing on this big track put me back to seventh in the end. I'm happy with my day and am ready to get back to work during the break!”

    Next Race: February 24 – Arlington, Texas

    Results 450SX Class – Glendale
    1. Ken Roczen (GER), Suzuki
    2. Jason Anderson (USA), Kawasaki
    3. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    OTHER KTM
    9. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
    10. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
    15. Justin Hill (USA), KTM

    Standings 450SX Class 2024 after 6 of 17 rounds
    1. Jett Lawrence, 117 points
    2. Chase Sexton, 111
    3. Aaron Plessinger, 108
    OTHER KTM
    19. Justin Hill, 23
    26. Justin Rodbell, 5

    Results 250SX West Class – Glendale
    1. RJ Hampshire (USA), Husqvarna
    2. Levi Kitchen (USA), Kawasaki
    3. Jo Shimoda (JPN), Honda
    OTHER KTM
    7. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM

    Standings 250SX West Class 2024 after 5 of 10 rounds
    1. Levi Kitchen, 106 points
    2. Jordan Smith, 102
    3. RJ Hampshire, 101
    OTHER KTM
    8. Julien Beaumer, 63

    Red Bull KTM MotoGP™ power to be ignited by BRISK

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    KTM have further strengthened their association with spark plug specialists BRISK to include the factory effort in MotoGP for 2024. The two companies have aligned for other fields of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s competitive program and now the KTM RC16s will carry the Czech Republic firm’s wares for the forthcoming campaign.

    RED BULL KTM'S CHASE SEXTON RECLAIMS 450SX POINTS LEAD FOLLOWING DETROIT RUNNER-UP

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    A second-place result for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team rider Chase Sexton saw him reclaim the 450SX Class points lead at Round 5 of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship inside Detroit’s Ford Field tonight, as teammate Aaron Plessinger pieced together a consistent ride in technical conditions to earn a P6 finish.

    Defending champion Sexton found comfort immediately in practice and qualifying, posting the third fastest laptime as he took his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the night show. The momentum would continue for Sexton as he raced to P4 in his Heat Race.

    A top-three start in the Main Event for Sexton saw the number 1 in the fight from the beginning, and he would maintain pressure throughout the duration of the race on the deteriorating track to earn a convincing second position. He now takes the 450SX points lead back from teammate Plessinger heading into Glendale next weekend.

    Chase Sexton: “It’s nice to reclaim the red plate! Tonight was one of my better rides… we’ve had a lot of ups and downs this year with the mud races, then last week was a Triple Crown, which meant this weekend was one of our first real Main Events and I felt pretty solid in the conditions. I didn’t have a great Heat Race, then seeing the 250 start I was a little bit nervous starting so far outside. I was fortunate to get a good start, then had some good speed, although a few little mistakes cost me. All in all, it was a good Main Event, and now I’m looking forward to Arizona."

    Holding the 450SX series lead entering Detroit, Plessinger powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to P10 in qualifying as he adjusted to the softer, East Coast surface, before charging to a popular opening Heat Race victory of the night.

    A mid-field start in the Main Event saw The Cowboy's work cut out for him, as he steadily climbed through the pack throughout the race, before crossing the finish line in sixth place. He now sits third in the standings, only two points back from Sexton and the red plates.

    Aaron Plessinger: “Detroit, I had a good night overall. We got a Heat Race win and in the Main I just messed up the start – came from around 15th place and ended up sixth, so not too mad with that! We’ll go back, do some homework and stay in this championship fight. Onto Glendale, I like that stadium, so we’ll go get back to the warmth and look forward to it.”

    The Detroit round marked a shift in contenders for the 250SX division, with the Eastern Regional series commencing as dual MX2 World Champion Tom Vialle enters his second season of AMA Supercross competition.

    The day began well for the Frenchman, who recorded P4 in qualifying on his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, before notching a strong third-place score in his Heat Race. A first turn pile-up that claimed a sizable portion of the 250SX East field unfortunately saw Vialle caught up in the chaos, with the number 16 eventually remounting to be credited with P18 on the night.

    Tom Vialle: “I actually had a pretty good day going, top five in all of the qualifying sessions and then P3 in my Heat Race, so the riding was pretty good until the Main Event. I had a crash and couldn’t really do anything about it – I was hit from the back, which of course makes me pretty disappointed. I felt great on the track and I think it would’ve been a great race. A lot of top guys were on the floor in the first turn, which means that a few are a ways down in the championship, so let's regroup and come back for the next East Coast round in Dallas.”

    Next Race: February 10 – Glendale, Arizona

    Results 450SX Class – Detroit
    1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    2. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
    3. Ken Roczen (GER), SUZ
    OTHER KTM
    6. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
    19. Tristan Lane (USA), KTM
    21. Justin Hill (USA), KTM

    Standings 450SX Class 2024 after 5 of 17 rounds
    1. Chase Sexton, 98 points
    2. Jett Lawrence, 97
    3. Aaron Plessinger, 96
    OTHER KTM
    19. Justin Hill, 16
    26. Justin Rodbell, 5
    28. Tristan Lane, 3


    Results 250SX West Class – Detroit
    1. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki
    2. Max Anstie (GBR), Honda
    3. Daxton Bennick (USA), Yamaha
    OTHER KTM
    18. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM

    Standings 250SX East Class 2024 after 1 of 9 rounds
    1. Austin Forkner, 25 points
    2. Max Anstie, 22
    3. Daxton Bennick, 20
    OTHER KTM
    18. Tom Vialle, 4

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