Sunday
Jun032018

Herlings wins a Classic

Red Bull KTM factory rider Jeffrey Herlings has again proven too good for his opposition and won the opening moto of the MXGP class. 

In a race of drama, the victory did come after Herlings and Cairoli collided, with the defending world MXGP champion going down. The two did shake hands at the end of the moto, but moto two will be interesting.

“The track is like Germany," Herlings said. "Tough to pass. I never meant to get in contact, I don’t like that, but I went deep into the turn and he passed me back and he blocked me, then we went into the turn together and we clipped each other, and I am sorry he went down, but it is part of racing.”

Cairoli holeshot from Gajser, Coldenhoff and Herlings, but Herlings quickly got into second, then Gajser passed the Dutchman, before Herlings made a desperate pass to regain second place. The Dutchman knowing, he can’t let Cairoli get too far ahead.

While Cairoli tried to get away from Herlings the Dutchman was working hard to remain just a second behind. Seewer went down and Desalle moved into fourth place, behind Cairoli, Herlings and Gajser.

Simpson and Anstie were fighting outside the top ten, and Febvre passed Coldenhoff for fifth place.

Cairoli continued to lead as he clocked the quickest lap of the race, then a lap later Herlings did his best lap of the race. Gajser was third, Desalle fourth. Then came Febvre, Coldenhoff, Van Horebeek, Searle, Lieber, and Seewer 10th.

Amazing as Herlings closed on Cairoli quickly, caught him, and passed the Italian in a stunning move around the outside on Everts corner, on the pegs and into the lead, but Cairoli fought back to jumps past Herlings. Two laps later and as Cairoli led, Herlings ducked up the inside on a right-hand corner, pushed Cairoli wide, and when Cairoli tried to respond, he collided with Herlings back wheel and went down.

Herlings wins it from Cairoli and Gajser.

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 - Classification

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:58.965; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:10.188; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:14.527; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:32.384; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:47.533; 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:50.591; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:58.183; 8. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:01.933; 9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:06.611; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Suzuki), +1:09.122; 11. Maximilian Nagl (GER, TM), +1:12.214; 12. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +1:16.858; 13. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:19.845; 14. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +1:20.998; 15. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Honda), +1:22.278; 16. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +1:27

Wednesday
May302018

AMA Announce 2018 US ISDE Team

The American Motorcyclist Association today announced the 10 trophy team riders selected to represent the United States in the 2018 FIM International Six Days Enduro in Vina Del Mar, Chile, Nov. 12-17.

 


Wednesday
May302018

Toni Bou goes in search of 100th victory in Japan

 

Trail GP World Championship champion and current season leader Toni Bou headed off this afternoon for Japan, where he will take part this weekend in the second and third events of the competition’s highest category, looking poised, once again to break records.

 

 


Wednesday
May302018

Dakar champion Price to take on double duties at Finke

Factory KTM rider confirms Motorcycle and Truck entries for prestigious event.

 

 

Former Dakar champion and Australian off-road favourite Toby Price will take on double duties at the 2018 running of the Tatts Finke Desert Race next week in the Northern Territory.

Price will return to the Motorcycle category after a femur injury sidelined him in 2017, however he also contest the prestigious off-road race in the Truck division for the third year running.

It’s not the first occasion the five-time Finke victor has attempted the ‘iron man’ effort and challenged for victory in dual classes, falling shy of a double-victory in 2016.

“Since I attempted the double in 2016 and we didn’t claim the win in the Truck category, I’ve been extremely keen to try again and was gutted when I was injured last year and couldn’t do the bike,” Price commented.

“We’ve had a couple of months to prepare for the truck and the bike and I’m feeling good. I can’t wait to get out and do our first test with the truck, this is going to be extremely challenging but rewarding if we can get it done.”

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider, who just announced a partnership with Red Bull for his trophy truck entry, will pilot a KTM Australia-prepared 500 EXC-F in the motorcycle category as he endeavours to earn a record six victories.

 

Wednesday
May302018

Matterley Basin... Will Herlings Prevail?

Hot Topics: MXGP of Britain

 

The ninth round of the FIM MXGP, the Grand Prix of Great Britain, is upon us and it is going to be another intriguing event. There is the potential for things to shake up in the respective title chases this weekend, as a couple of high-profile riders will return to racing for the first time in a while. The two days are going to be stacked with action.

Can Antonio Cairoli beat Jeffrey Herlings and steal some points away? This question is actually becoming more irrelevant with each week that passes, as if they do finish first and second in that order in both motos then the gap would only shrink by six points. Seeing as Herlings is sat on a forty-eight-point advantage currently, a swing in points like that would not be enough to make a big difference. Now, with Herlings in such a commanding position, the question would be whether or not he is going to be struck by some kind of issue and give up a significant amount of points. If he crashes a couple of times and finishes eighth, for instance, then that would be enough to shake things up a little. It is just so unlikely though.

The battle for the MXGP title marches into Great Britain (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

Rather than those guys, most eyes will be on those who are returning to action at the Grand Prix of Great Britain. Valentin Guillod will be in the premier class, for instance, along with Shaun Simpson and Graeme Irwin. It is actually surprising that Guillod is going to be back so soon, as he broke his leg at the end of January and only started riding four weeks ago. Will he come out and set the world on fire immediately? No, not at all, but it will be interesting to see where he fits in and if he has a spark that was missing on the Honda. Perhaps this will take some of the pressure off of Kevin Strijbos too and help him breakthrough?

Although those returning in the premier division may struggle to make an immediate impact on the field, those who will be back in the MX2 class could make a splash. Darian Sanayei and Hunter Lawrence will be on track and eager for redemption. Although both riders have been on the sidelines since the Grand Prix of Trentino, with the exception of the brief outing that Hunter Lawrence had at Kegums, they have been back on their respective steeds for a while now. Remember the Motocross of Nations? Lawrence excelled, challenged the established in the premier division and took the individual victory in his class. Considering that he was raring to go at the last round, but was told that he could not ride, he should be fired up.

Additionally, do not forget just how good Darian Sanayei was before he tore his ACL. Sanayei could have won at the Grand Prix of La Comunitat Valenciana, as he was undoubtedly the fastest guy, and will desperately want to jump up onto the box before he goes under the knife. It sounds like the knee injury is not going to hinder him too much when the gates drop on Sunday, but he will require surgery at some point. Time is ticking and, hey, seeing as he is free to shop around, some impressive rides at the next couple of rounds would certainly not hurt his cause for next year. This could add an interesting twist to the title chase too, because these guys can steal points from the contenders.

Darian Sanayei will be back in action at Matterley Basin (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

There will be a lot of eyes on Ben Watson this weekend. Watson, who is working through the first year of his Kemea Yamaha deal, will be more than capable of landing on the box. Could he win? It certainly cannot be ruled out heading into the race, as he was four seconds down on the winner in the first moto at the previous round. It would not take much to overhaul that. It is interesting to consider that this is only the second time that he has raced at this event, as there was not a race last year and he was injured before that. A sixteenth is the best that he has done in an MX2 moto at the Grand Prix of Great Britain.

Ben Watson has all of the momentum currently, whereas Max Anstie and Conrad Mewse will be hoping to establish some of that. It seems that good starts would help both guys turn things around, as both classes are so stacked that it is just impossible to pull through from the back. It is well known what both guys have done at Matterley Basin in recent years so it is likely that their respective campaigns will straighten out on Sunday. British fans certainly have a lot to keep an eye on this weekend! Tommy Searle will be hoping to move forward too, although he has only got one round of the FIM Motocross World Championship under his belt since that collarbone injury.

There is so much to look forward to at the Grand Prix of Great Britain, as mentioned at the beginning of this feature, so this list could go on and on. Shaun Simpson will be back, along with Graeme Irwin and Adam Sterry, Romain Febvre is attempting to put his bike on the podium for the first time this year and a handful of guys have switched teams. Heck, Jeffrey Herlings could stand on the box for the one hundredth time as well! An exciting weekend lies ahead.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Ray Archer

Wednesday
May302018

Cody Webb Takes On Erzberg

As round two of the World Enduro Super Series approaches, Cody Webb is aiming to become the first American to top the podium at the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble.

During the last couple of seasons, the FMF KTM Factory Racing rider has established himself as a formidable force in the Enduro world. Indoors he’s won titles on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in EnduroCross and SuperEnduro, while outdoors he’s had podium results at Brazil’s Red Bull Minas Riders, Italy’s Hell’s Gate and twice at the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble. Aiming to win the most prestigious race in Enduro, Webb only has thoughts of victory on his mind as the 24th edition of the event approaches.

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“The Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble is huge for me,” tells Webb. “It is the most famous Enduro race in the world — everyone knows how gnarly the Iron Giant is — so to become the first American rider to actually win it would have to rank as a career highlight for me.”

First arriving at the Iron Giant back in 2014 with Beta Factory Racing, Webb claimed a top 10 result in his debut ride. Returning for more in 2016 with KTM, he came better prepared and with a greater understanding of what to expect. Catching many of the favourites by surprise, Cody charged his way to an emphatic runner-up result behind winner Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB).

“In 2016 I finished as runner-up to Graham Jarvis,” continues Webb. “It was my first podium there and also the first for an American, too. The result took me by surprise a little, but I guess I had done my homework and was ready.”

Now established as one of the heavy hitters of the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, the question was raised in 2017 as to whether or not he could go one place better. With the world watching live on Red Bull TV, Webb battled with Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) for the lead during the first half of the race. Things were looking good, but then suddenly everything ‘imploded from the inside out’ as Cody puts it…

“I’m not sure what happened, I guess I just wimped out,” he recalls. “I got so pumped up that I couldn’t pull the brake lever — it was like I imploded from the inside out. I let Graham by on one section and then let Wade Young by on a fire road section. I got to my mechanic at Carl’s Dinner and stopped. I had to take a time-out with him to try and destress because I knew I’d get hurt if I carried on the way I was.”

Despite the mid-race slump, he regrouped and came back strongly for third, but ultimately his shot at winning was lost. However, mistakes are there to be learned from and come this Sunday, June 3, he’s determined to right the wrongs of 12 months ago.

“I was happy with third because it’s such an exclusive podium to be on. But I’m a racer and a competitive person, so at the same time I was frustrated because I knew I’d let it slip away during the middle section of the race. This year the focus is on riding a mistake-free race — I don’t want to be upset knowing I could have done more.”

The World Enduro Super Series continues with round two at the Erzbergrodeo in Eisenerz, Austria from May 31-June 3.

Saturday
May262018

Breaking down the new KTM bikes

Tested: KTM MY19 Range

 

KTM launched their MY19 range, which features significant improvements, at Antonio Cairoli's private track in Rome earlier this week. The circuit featured plenty of elevation and provided a perfect opportunity for Jordan Divall, the MX Vice test rider, to get to grips with the all-new bikes. Just days on from the event, here are some initial thoughts.

KTM 450 SX-F

This bike stood out as my favourite of the day. I found it easy to ride, because as I was coming into corners I felt like I had much more control due to the lightness and agility of the bike. It made it really easy to turn and whilst jumping. The smooth throttle response whilst cornering eliminated any jerkiness, resulting in well-maintained corner speed. Although this bike has smooth throttle control it definitely does not lack power in the parts of the track where you need it.

KTM 150 SX

The 150 SX was the most fun ride of the day. The power of the 150 was similar to the 125, but where the 125 died from the middle range the 150 would carry on pulling. You could rev the engine and the power would not drop. The brakes were very impressive and made stopping for the corner very easy, which meant you could brake late. The bike felt very light, which made it easy to lean it over into the turns.

KTM 125 SX

The KTM 125 SX was a bit of a disappointment to me. I felt that the throttle response was very good and that I could exit the corner with some speed, but the power seemed to die from the middle range and I felt restricted when trying to rev the engine. I found that this bike was also easy to stop coming into the corner, due to it being very light, agile and having very good brakes.

KTM 250 SX

The KTM 250 SX power was a bit like a light switch. When exiting the corner the power was very aggressive. There was no smooth power input when trying to roll on the throttle in the slick and greasy conditions. The bike was very fast in a straight line, but also felt very restrictive when getting towards the top-end power.

KTM 250 SX-F

I would say that the KTM 250 SX-F is the most predominant 250F on the market at the moment, as it has lots of power and a very high rev range. It is very fun and easy to ride at a fast speed. When trying to ride the corners in high gear, the bike was a bit lazy. When exiting corners I found that I had to be in a lower gear to be in the right power range, to use all the power up the straight. This bike is very fast in a straight line. It was a very well-balanced bike over the braking bumps and very easy to corner.

KTM 350 SX-F

The 350 SX-F felt very similar to a 250F, just with a lot more power. Cornering was very easy and the bike felt very light and agile whilst jumping and under braking. This bike has smooth throttle response and lots of torque, but when you open the throttle there is lots of power to get you up to speed. The rev range is a lot higher and you are able to use the high revs like a 250F. You can also ride it like a 450F though, being in a higher gear whilst cornering and using the torque.

Conclusion

The most impressive aspect of the new 2019 KTM range, in my opinion, was how the improved geometric designs allowed a comfortable riding stance, enabling me to naturally grip the bike with my legs keeping it stable at all times. I also liked how all the bikes were so easy to corner and felt very light and agile whilst riding.

Words: Jordan Divall | Lead Image: KTM Images

Friday
May252018

Next Components Spring Clearence!!!

Priced to sell!
First come first served.

 

Aggressor Foot Pegs - Ghost Shifter - Smart Levers - Runner Blades - Rotator Clamp

 


Friday
May252018

Red Bull...Erzberg!

 

Erzberg - Super Series

 

Erzberg

 

 Hot on the heels of an exciting opening round in Portugal, the World Enduro Super Series now heads to Austria for the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble on May 31 - June 3.

Long regarded as the world’s toughest single day Enduro, the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble has grown during the last 24 years to become one of dirt bikes most important and fun-filled off-road festivals.

Attracting an entry of up to 1,500 competitors from over 40 nations, Europe’s largest open cast iron ore mine in Eisenerz – affectionally known as the Iron Giant – ceases production for the first weekend of June to welcome thousands of passionate Enduro fans. A true spectacle of the sport, it’s only fitting that in 2018 the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble forms part of the search to find this year’s ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION.

Now staged over four days, the action opens with Thursday’s Rocket Ride. A hill climb like no other, competitors go head-to-head as they bid to conquer one of the Iron Giant’s steepest quarry climbs. Friday and Saturday are all about the Iron Road Prologue as riders aim to qualify for Sunday’s main event. Against the clock, competitors compete in a time trial as they blast their way up the maze of gravel-based quarry roads, hoping to become one of the fastest 500 riders who will start the iconic Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble.

Sunday is time for the serious business of racing. Faced with the world’s toughest Enduro course, the 500 qualified competitors have four hours to complete over 20 checkpoints strategically placed around the Iron Giant. Battling their way up and down near-vertical climbs and descents, crossing boulder gardens and treacherous forestry, it’s a race where only the strongest survive. A place where the greats of Enduro have etched their name onto the Winner’s List.

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South Africa’s Alfie Cox was the first rider to write his name on that elusive list when he won the inaugural running of the event back in 1995. Claiming a double win in 1996 and 1997, Germany’s Chris Pfeiffer put himself on the Enduro map and with two more victories coming in 2000 and 2004 he went on to become the second most successful rider ever to compete in the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble. Multi-time world champions and Dakar Rally winners have also conquered the Iron Giant over the years. Five-time world Enduro champion Giovanni Sala (Italy) has a winner’s trophy in his home, while five-time Dakar Rally winner Cyril Despres (France) stood atop the podium in 2002 and 2003. Enduro’s most decorated world champion Juha Salminen (Finland) was victorious in 2001, while sporting legend David Knight (GB) was the rider to beat in 2005 and 2006.

However, it’s Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) – one of the contenders battling to become this year’s ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION – who is synonymous with the Iron Giant. Claiming a breathtaking five consecutive Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble victories from 2007 until 2011, Blazusiak is the most successful rider to compete in the Austrian race. Winning at the first time of asking in 2007, that memorable victory catapulted the KTM rider onto the world stage and led him to become a household name, thanks to an illustrious career.

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For the 24th edition of the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, and round two of WESS, competition for victory will be fierce. With defending champion Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - Spain) unable to start due to injury, the door to the top step of the podium is wide open. Past winners Blazusiak, Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB), Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) will all look to make their mark, but with WESS round one winner Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) riding at his absolute best, we might just witness history re-written and a new name etched onto that elusive Winner’s List on Sunday June 3, 2018. Round two of the World Enduro Super Series continues with the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble on May 31-June 3.

 

Friday
May252018

Planet Moto, Episode 2

Video/Text by Red Bull

Sharp rocks. Huge logs. Loose, steep climbs. Episode two of Planet Moto takes us into the dangerous world of enduro, where riders rely on technical abilities on the motorcycle to find harmony in the dissonance of the harshest terrain imaginable.  In a world seemingly built to stack the odds against him, rider Cody Webb shows how he has adapted to this severe environment over many years to not only survive, but flourish.

Presented in the style of nature documentaries (complete with David Attenborough-style voiceover), the three-part mini-series Planet Moto explores the two-wheel disciplines of motocross, superbike and enduro.

 

 

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