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Perfect sweep for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at Qatar MXGP season opener

Two weeks of (rare) rainfall in the build-up to the 2017 MXGP opener helped soften the desert soil at the renowned venue close to the city of Doha. By the time of the second moto the hard ground was rutted, bumpy and difficult to negotiate and pushed the power and handling of the KTM 450 SX-F and KTM 250 SX-F technology to the fore. MXGP Tony Cairoli lurched into the first moto with second choice of positions in the gate after a solid run in Friday’s Qualification Heat. The Sicilian had previously won a race at Losail during the inaugural…

Matthias Walkner signs with Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing until 2020

Matthias Walkner said he was very thankful and proud to continue with the team through to 2020. “As an Austrian there is nothing nicer than being able to ride an Austrian motorcycle for the best partner, and to be able to do what you like most.” Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director said he was delighted to sign Walkner up to 2020. “Matthias has shown great promise as a rally raid competitor and as a member of the KTM factory team. His second place in the 2017 was outstanding and we are sure that he can deliver many excellent results in the…

Tony Cairoli and Jorge Prado take the titles at Italian International MX championship 2017

Tony Cairoli and Jorge Prado take the titles at Italian International MX championship 2017 3rd Rd. Int. D’Italia MX 2017 – Ottobiano (ITA) Dateien auswählen MX1 Tony Cairoli got away well in the MX1 race to pick up the holeshot on the KTM 450 SX-F, but minutes later, teammate Jeffrey Herlings, who was racing in his first premiere class moto and was sixth at the start, tangled with Slovene Tim Gajser and both riders went down. Herlings retired from the race while Cairoli hung onto the lead through the first two thirds before Belgian Jeremy van Horebeek overtook him. He…

Cairoli & Jonass on winning streak at Malagrotta & Hawkstone International MX

Cairoli & Jonass on winning streak at Malagrotta & Hawkstone International MX 2nd Rd. Int. D’Italia MX 2017 – Malagrotta (ITA) & Hawkstone Int. MX 2017 – Hawkstone Park (GBR) The Italian Championship is a popular series that gives riders essential race practice before the start of the 2017 World championship season in Qatar (February 25, 2017). The final round is at Ottobiano next weekend. KTM factory teammate Jorge Prado (ESP) also had a solid day out on the hard pack Italian track to finish third in the MX2 class. He also held onto his overall points lead in the…

Dungey and McElrath continue podium streaks in Oakland

Red Bull KTM factory riders Dungey and McElrath continue podium streaks in Oakland 5th Rd. Supercross 2017 – Oakland, CA (USA) In 450SX Heat 1, Marvin Musquin put his Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a 2nd place position on the opening lap. From there, Musquin maintained a solid position where he ultimately finished 2nd place en route to the Main Event. Ryan Dungey grabbed a top-five start in 450SX Heat 2, where he climbed his way into a transfer position around the halfway point. However, Dungey dropped back one position in the final laps to ultimately finish…

Double-podiums at Phoenix

Ryan Dungey & Shane McElrath maintain overall lead with double-podiums at Phoenix 4th Rd. Supercross 2017 – Phoenix, AZ (USA) In 450SX Heat 1, Marvin Musquin put his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top five position off the start where he pushed his way into the top three by the third lap. After an all-out battle with Cooper Webb, Musquin was able to make his podium position stick as he cleanly transferred to the Main Event. Ryan Dungey lined up in 450SX Heat 2, where he powered his Red Bull KTM 450 factory bike into 5th place off…

Espargaro & Smith start 2017 MotoGP season

Espargaro & Smith start 2017 MotoGP season with intensive test on the KTM RC16 at Sepang MotoGP IRTA Test 2017 – Sepang (MAL) Immediately before the IRTA tests with KTM’s factory riders Pol Espargaro (ESP), and Bradley Smith (GBR), the test team with test rider Mika Kallio (FIN) were already busy with private testing of the KTM RC16 at the same circuit. All three riders lost some track time due to heavy seasonal rain at the Malaysian circuit, but both teams and riders left satisfied that they had achieved their goals. Apart from a small low side crash by Espargaro…

1st Rd. Internazionali D’Italia MX 2017

Red Bull KTM factory riders steal the show in the opening round of Italian MX Championship 1st Rd. Internazionali D’Italia MX 2017 – Riola Sardo (ITA) MX1 Tony Cairoli: “I’m very happy because we now start to adjust the bike to suit my riding style and we’ve done a lot of testing, which wasn’t possible last year because of my crash. Now I am more at peace with the bike so I can express myself better. The last two years we struggled a bit with the starts, but it sees now I’m pretty fast right from the first race. This…