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KTM’s MX1 factory riders double deliver in the sands of Valkenswaard

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment
Red Bull Teka KTM factory riders Tony Cairoli and Max Nagl rode two masterly motos on the deep and tricky sands of Valkenswaard in the Netherlands on Easter Monday to deliver two consecutive moto victories and finish the day 1-2 on the GP podium.

The result, following on from a 1-2 in the MX2 class GP was proof of the depth of talent in the Orange factory team and underlined the qualities of the KTM 350 SX-F machine, ridden this year by both Cairoli and Nagl.
The performance was even more spectacular for Cairoli who was riding injured after hurting his knee in the first GP at Sevlievo, Bulgaria, and while he was clearly in pain and discomfort as he climbed onto the highest step of the GP podium, he never let it deter him from another triumphant ride.
The two riders split the results of the day’s ride – Tony won the first moto and Max took second place. Then Nagl of Germany, also buoyed by the support of his new Belgian based fan club, whose members flocked over the border to support him, put in a great ride to take the second moto with his Italian team colleague finishing second.  While Cairoli won the MX1 title in 2010 on the newly released 350 SX-F machine, this is Nagl’s first year on the new bike. In 2010 he rode the KTM 450 SX-F. The result moves Nagl up to second place in the championship standings, just five points behind the leader Steven Frossard with Cairoli in overall fourth with a 13-point gap to the leader.
It was the fifth time that Tony had won at Valkenswaard and the third in a row in MX1. He paid tribute to the enthusiasm of the Dutch fans and the way they support him. “I am happy that this is the third time I have won in mX1 here but I did struggle a bit today. Normally this track is a lot of fun to ride but today I tried to be more careful with my injured knee and I tried not to put it on the ground so much. Today we could also close the gap in the championship points and I hope it’s not too long before we get the red plate back again,” Cairoli said.
Max Nagl said it had been a good weekend for him, including a great qualifying when he took the pole position but he had not been so confident in the first moto. “Then in the second heat I changed my strategy. I was leading after about 15 minutes so I was able to find my rhythm and find some nice lines on the track. That makes it easier,” he said.
Team boss Stefan Everts expressed satisfaction with the performance of the two MX1 riders saying it had been a tough and physically hard GP. “I was mostly impressed with the comeback of Antonio. We knew he had a knee injury but he did better than we expected. He came back to win in the first moto after not having a very good start. Also in the first Moto Max was third and showing a good speed. Then it was the opposite in the second race when Max put in a nice performance and fought really hard to be in front,” he said.  
In other related news, it was also announced at Valkenswaard that Cairoli has signed to stay with the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing Team for another two years.
The MXGP at Valkenswaard attracted a huge crowd of followers on the Easter holiday weekend and the KTM riders clearly enjoyed chalking up yet another Orange victory on the traditional sandy track.
MX1 Round 2
1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM 25-22—47 points
2, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM 20-25–45
3, David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha, 18-20—38
4, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha, 22-16–38
5, Rui Goncalves, Portugal, Honda, 15-18—33
Standings after two rounds
1, Steven Frossard, France, 85 points
2, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM 80
3, Clement Desalle, France, 78
4, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM, 72
5, David Philippaerts, Italy, 63

Tony Cairoli overcomes kneww injury for a great GP win
A fast and confident Max Nagl in the sands of Valkenswaard
KTM CEO Stefan Pierer on hand in Valkenswaard to celebrate with MX1 team
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FMF/KTM Team Sweeps Podium at West Point National Enduro

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment
The FMF/KTM Team swept the podium at the fourth round of the AMA National Enduro Series held in West Point, TN when all three team members put together impressive performances to take all three steps of the podium.

Three-time National Enduro Champion, Russell Bobbitt, took the win at the Rad Dad National Enduro after placing within the top two in all special tests. His teammate and the reigning National Enduro Champion, Charlie Mullins, placed 2nd overall after winning two special tests but coming up short in the final test. The third member of the team, Cory Buttrick, put together a nice ride to finish 3rd overall despite a bad spell of food poisoning that struck him at the tail end of the day.

The course had seen a large amount of rainfall prior to the race which had left the course muddy and greasy in many sections. “It was very slick today,” commented Bobbitt. “I only encountered one problem throughout the day and that was on the second test when a lapper swerved in front of me and we collided in a mud section. I got up pretty quickly and was able to finish that test with the 2nd fastest time.”

Bobbitt finished 2nd in the first four tests missing the win in three of those tests by a mere second. He won the fifth test section and really turned heads with his win in the final section. He dominated the final test by 40 seconds over the next closest rider to cruise to an easy win. “I knew I was having a good ride in the last test because I was able to catch a lot of the riders on the line in front of me but I didn’t expect to win that test by that big of a gap. It was just a nice tight section and I flowed real well. I didn’t hit any trees and just rode real smooth throughout the section.”

Bobbitt’s win at the fourth round increases his points lead to 13 points over his teammate Mullins. The next race for the FMF/KTM National Enduro riders will be held in Bismark, AR on May 22, 2011.

Overall Results
1. Russell Bobbitt – KTM
2. Charlie Mullins – KTM
3. Cory Buttrick – KTM
4. Nick Fahringer
5. Mike Lafferty
6. Andrew Delong – KTM
7. Shane Hufford – KTM
8. Brad Bakken – KTM

Overall Point Standings
1. Russell Bobbitt – 108
2. Charlie Mullins – 95
3. Cory Buttrick – 81
4. Nick Fahringer – 75
5. Brad Bakken – 68

Russell Bobbitt
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FMF/KTM’s Kurt Caselli Wins Jericho Hare & Hound

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment
Factory FMF/KTM Team rider Kurt Caselli won his fourth Hare & Hound of the season at the fifth round of the series held in Jericho, UT.

The weather was not kind to the riders this week as temperatures were below 30 degrees and it snowed the entire length of the race. “I knew it would be cold, but I didn’t think it would snow on us during the race,” commented Caselli. In order to keep warm, Caselli took hand-warmers and put them in his boots and inside his jacket.
Caselli got off to a great start, taking the early lead on his electric start KTM 450 XC-F. Caselli lead all 49 miles of the first loop. “The course was up in the middle of these mountains so there were quite a few boulders and with the constant snow fall it was very slippery all day long,” remarked Caselli. “I rode a slower pace than normal to ensure I didn’t crash on the boulders. I was lucky all day and never had any trouble.”
Caselli led the second loop from start to finish as well, finishing a few minutes ahead of his next closest competitor. Caselli’s win in Jericho, marked his fourth in a row this season. Heading to the sixth round he sits 13 points ahead in the title chase.
Next Event: Lucerne Valley, CA – April 23, 2011  
Overall Results
1)     Kurt Caselli – KTM
2)     David Pearson
3)     Destry Abbott
4)     TJ Hannifen
5)     Jacob Argubright

Factory FMF/KTM Team rider Kurt Caselli won his fourth Hare & Hound
Caselli got off to a great start
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Marvin Musquin Returns!

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Red Bull/KTM Factory Team rider Marvin Musquin returned to action last Friday when he brought out his KTM 250 SX-F practice bike to Pala Raceway for the first time since injuring his knee at the Bercy Supercross race last November.

“It felt so good to get back on the bike,” commented Musquin who took the past four months off to heal his torn ACL and meniscus following his surgery to repair the torn ligament. “There is no better feeling than riding for me, so I was eager to get back.”

Marvin Musquin Returns

The 2-time MX2 World Champion, moved to the United States late last year in order to prepare for his first season racing U.S. Supercross. In November, he made the decision to return to Europe for one of his favorite events, the Bercy Supercross. While competing he caught his foot in a rut and injured his knee. “I was really disappointed that I did not get to race Supercross this year, but I love the outdoor series and am looking forward to riding the U.S. circuit.”

Since his initial ride on the bike last Friday, Musquin has ridden a few more times and says he is getting more comfortable with each practice session. “My hands were definitely the sorest after my first ride on the bike and I still feel a little weak in my legs. It is going to take a lot of hard work to get ready for my first race but I have a great support system with the Red Bull/KTM team and my personal trainer to help get me up to speed.”

Musquin intends to make his racing return at the U.S. GP at Glen Helen where he easily won both motos last year. Immediately following that race, Musquin will head to Rancho Cordova, California for the opening round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series where he will compete in the 250 class for the Red Bull/KTM Factory Team.

For the latest info on Marvin Musquin please visit his website or follow him on twitter @marvinmusquin25.

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