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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!”

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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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™.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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RED BULL KTM’S MARVIN MUSQUIN ROUNDS OUT 2020 AMA PRO MOTOCROSS SEASON FOURTH OVERALL WITH TOP-FIVE PERFORMANCE AT FINAL ROUND

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The 2020 AMA Pro Motocross Championship concluded on Saturday in the heart of Southern California’s motocross industry with the Fox Raceway National, where Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Marvin Musquin earned a top-five overall finish in the 450MX class to round out the season fourth overall in the championship standings.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Red Bull KTM own both classes again at Faenza as MXGP wraps first Italian triple header

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The Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna and the third and final event around the Monte Coralli hard-pack circuit in Faenza saw Red Bull KTM complete their second consecutive clean sweep of the MXGP and MX2 categories. Tony Cairoli and Tom Vialle ruled with their KTM 450 and 250 SX-Fs respectively while Jorge Prado won his very first MXGP moto and finished on the podium in 3rd position.
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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
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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
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Cairoli shows class to celebrate first MXGP victory of 2020 as Herlings also makes Riga podium

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The second of three Grands Prix in 2020 MXGP to take place at the Kegums circuit in one week saw Red Bull KTM Factory Racing occupy two spots on the premier class podium: Tony Cairoli registered his 90th career win and the first since the Grand Prix of Lombardia in May 2019 while series leader Jeffrey Herlings filled 3rd position for his first trophy since the 2020 restart.
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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.

The Grand Prix of Latvia was the first of three rounds in seven days to take place on the soft and rough surface at Kegums. A small quantity of public was permitted into the venue with the MXGP paddock adhering to a strict safety protocol in order to allow racing to resume for the first time since early March. The conditions were hot, rough and deceptive due to the hard base and rippled course. For the first time in more than a decade Grand Prix negotiated Free and Timed Practice instead of Qualification Heat races as the championship squeezed into a one-day format.

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Jeffrey Herlings went to the gate in 3rd place after the morning chrono with his KTM 450 SX-F. The Dutchman and championship leader couldn’t exit the gate with the leaders in either moto and a slip on the tight and problematic first turn meant he had to burn energy fighting back through the pack in the second race. Herlings took two 4th positions for 5th overall on the day and holds the red plate by four points from Tim Gajser.

Jorge Prado rode well after just four weeks of practice and training due to the Spaniard’s broken collarbone. He secured finishes of 8th and 7th to be 7th in the final classification in an MXGP class packed with GP-winning experience and pedigree. Tony Cairoli was also missing good fortune with his starts. Two run-ins with Arnaud Tonus left the nine times world champion needing to recover ground and positions. In the second moto he rode back from almost last with a painful right knee after his first corner spill. Cairoli went 7-17 for 13th spot.

Jeffrey Herlings: “Today could have been better. Some bad starts, and in the first moto I was a bit too slow at the beginning. I came back from last to 4th but wasted too much energy pushing through to the front. I’m definitely not satisfied but we’ve started racing again now and I know what to do for when we go again in three days.”

Tony Cairoli“Today was very tough. To restart everything after five months meant it would be tricky because we didn’t know the race pace, but I knew I had trained well and could do good. The only problem was my starts and we saw it at this track where it is difficult to come through the pack. I felt really good to come back to 7th in the first moto and was happy. I was determined to do better in the second and was thinking about going for victory to be honest. I had a better start but had trouble again on the first corner and was hit by another rider. I twisted my knee again. I was not feeling 100% at the beginning and was taking it easy but made another mistake and was outside the top thirty. After that I tried to re-group and bring it home. This is not the result we wanted but I saw a lot of people had troubles this first race. We won’t panic too much but we want to be further forward. I want to get behind the gate again and prove that I can get there. It is so important lately to be at the front at the start of motos. We need to work a bit more on this direction.”

Jorge Prado“I’m very happy. I came here with a month of training, so to be 7th overall and to be better every time I was on track today means we have to be satisfied. I turned around my bad qualifying with good starts. The track was very tough and they left it bumpy from the European races yesterday. It was hard physically and I need to keep working on that but, overall, I felt quite decent. Speed-wise I am good. I just need to keep getting better.”

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MX2 World Championship leader Tom Vialle flew out of the gate on his KTM 250 SX-F and battled with principle title rival Jago Geerts for victory. The Frenchman profited from the Belgian’s mistakes to take the checkered flag in the first race and the duo entertained the scant crowd with a last lap tussle for the win in the second. Vialle finished just behind Geerts but his 1-2 was enough for his second overall Grand Prix win in a row. #28 also extended his gap at the top of the MX2 table to 22 points.

Rene Hofer was roving in the top five of the first moto and reached the line in a strong 5th. The Austrian rookie was the victim of a multi-rider tangle at the start of the second moto and had to withdraw with a damaged motorcycle and a sore left ankle.

Tom Vialle: “It was a good weekend and I’m really happy. There was a lot of water on the track in the morning, but I felt good on the bike by the time of the races and made great starts. Jago crashed in the first moto and then I was comfortable in first position. We had a good fight in the second moto and we passed each other on the last lap. It was decent fight and I was happy to overtake him at the end because it was very hot and I was pretty tired. I just made a little mistake and he got me back. It was so close but I’m happy to win the overall.”

Rene Hofer: “The first moto was great. I moved up to 4th quite quickly and kept in the top five. I still had some energy but made a few small mistakes and I ran out of time to attack [Mathys] Boisrame. In the second one I came-together with another rider and someone else hit me, destroying my front wheel and I couldn’t continue. I feel a bit sore now but should be ready to go on Wednesday again.”

MXGP remains encamped at Kegums this week. The Grand Prix of Riga represents round four and will occur on Wednesday 12th August on a similar track layout.

 

Results MXGP Grand Prix of Latvia 2020

1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED), GasGas (1-2)

2. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (1-5)

3. Romain Febvre (FRA), Kawasaki (3-3)

4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Yamaha (5-2)

5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (4-4)

7. Jorge Prado (ESP), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (8-7)

13. Tony Cairoli (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (7-17)

 

Standings MXGP 2020 after round 03

1. Jeffrey Herlings 130

2. Tim Gajser 126

3. Glenn Coldenhoff 103

4. Tony Cairoli 86

5. Arminas Jasikonis 83

9. Jorge Prado 74

 

Results MX2 Grand Prix of Latvia 2020

1. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (1-2)

2. Roan Van de Moosdijk (NED) Kawasaki (2-4)

3. Mathys Boisrame (FRA) Kawasaki (4-3)

4. Ruben Fernandez (ESP) Yamaha (3-7)

5. Ben Watson (GBR), Yamaha (6-5)

15. Rene Hofer (AUT), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (5-DNF)

 

Standings MX2 2020 after round 03

1. Tom Vialle 134

2. Jago Geerts 112

3. Jed Beaton 95

4. Maxime Renaux 86

5. Ben Watson 79

9. Rene Hofer 69

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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

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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

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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.”

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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

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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

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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.”

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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

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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

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