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Jeffrey Herlings continues to rule MX2 at Matterley Basin
11th Rd. Motocross 2016 – Matterley Basin, Winchester (GBR)

Riding with a bruised heel from an injury in the Dutch Nationals last weekend, Jeffrey Herlings managed to put aside the pain and deliver two near perfect motos with his KTM 250 SX-F on the wide but challenging British track. Even though he had a difficult qualifying on Saturday, when it came to race day, he never looked threatened.

Herlings said on the morning of the races he was experiencing so much pain that he didn’t dream of such a good outcome. “But we managed to do it and turn a negative weekend into a very good one. We leave here with almost a 150-point lead and its looking very good and very steady. There’s seven rounds to go and three are in the sand, so I am looking forward to my home GPs like in Lommel and Assen.” Herlings is widely considered the finest rider in sand.

The Dutch rider, who was plagued with injury in the past two seasons, has only dropped three points since the opening round in Qatar and now has a commanding 148-lead. Dylan Ferrandis of France was overall second and Herlings’ factory teammate Pauls Jonass was overall third with a 4-3 result.

Jonass: “After yesterday’s qualifying race when we had so much bad luck I don’t think anyone thought I could be on the podium, I had the 24th gate pick so was not the best start position but still in the first race I managed to lead some laps from the start after I made a pass at the second corner. I started to ride a bit tight and Jeffrey and Ferrandis passed me. Then with three corners to go on the last lap I over-jumped and Jeremy (Seewer) went by, I got a pretty decent start in the second race and moved up to second quite quickly. Then Dylan (Ferrandis) passed me. Maybe I didn’t ride the best lines and didn’t get the best flow but I finished third. Its not so bad to be back on the podium.”

Davy Pootjes rejoined the factory team lineup after an injury lay-off and managed to finish 16th in the opening moto, but registered a DNF in the second. Pootjes said he was quite happy with his comeback but had to find his rhythm again. “I had some problems with arm pump but I just need to feel at home on the track and that’s the most important thing at the moment.”

KTM Factory Racing Team Manager Dirk Gruebel said the start of the weekend had been difficult because of Herlings’ injury. “He was riding stiff yesterday and really cautious but he was already much better this morning. But when its race time, its typical Jeffrey Herlings. He had two solid races, and was twice first for his 11th win of the season, so he was outstanding. The surprise was Pauls – a negative one in the first race because he lost some positions in the last lap. But in the second we really fired him up and gave him a different briefing on how he should handle the pressure. He got is reward because he was back on the podium.” Gruebel said it was something of a rough return to racing for Pootjes, commenting that his riding was okay but he was prone to arm pump through lack of fitness and less riding because of his recent broken collarbone.

Despite a strong first moto and a second place finish for the factory team’s Tony Cairoli on the KTM 450 SX-F, it turned out to be a difficult day for the two MXGP riders. By the time they were set to race their second moto, rain descended on the British circuit cutting visibility and throwing up nasty roost as track conditions deteriorated at the end of a busy race weekend. At the end of the day Cairoli had salvaged overall sixth after a 10th place finish in the second moto. Teammate Glenn Coldenhoff finished 10-15 for overall 12th and in the last stages of the second moto had to return to the pits for new goggles.

Cairoli: “This was another weekend with ups and downs. The first moto was very good and I came from fourth to second. Then there was some bad reaction on the start and Bobryshev came all the way over to my side and closed me out, but that’s normal, that’s racing. I came back very good and was back in the top 10 but then I cased the big quad jump, my wrist was very painful and I had to slow down for two laps. My wrist was beginning to swell but I kept riding because I need the points. Hopefully it is not too bad and we try to recover for Mantova because that’s my home GP."

Next Race: June 26, 2016 – Mantova (ITA)

Results MXGP Matterley Basin 2016
1. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (1-1)
2. Max Nagl (GER), Husqvarna (7-2)
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA), Honda (5-3)
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS), Honda (4-5)
5. Valentin Guillod (SUI), Yamaha (3-7)
Other KTM
6. Tony Cairoli (ITA), KTM (2-10)
10. Jose Butron (ESP), KTM (13-9)
12. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED), KTM (10-15)

Standings MXGP 2016 after 11 of 18 rounds
1. Gajser, 482 points
2. Roman Febvre (FRA), Yamaha, 408
3. Cairoli, 403
4. Nagl, 378
5. Bobryshev, 367
Other KTM
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR), KTM, 212
10. Coldenhoff, 201

Results MX2 Matterley Basin 2016
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Kawasaki (2-2)
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT), KTM (4-3)
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Suzuki (3-5)
5. Max Anstie (GBR), Husqvarna (8-4)
Other KTM
8. Brian Bogers (NED), KTM (10-7)
9. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP), KTM (11-10)
19. Davy Pootjes (NED), KTM (16-31)

Standings MX2 2016 after 11 of 18 rounds
1. Herlings, 547 points
2. Seewer, 399
3. Jonass, 370
4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS), Yamaha, 298
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA), Yamaha, 293
Other KTM
22. Pootjes, 53

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Nathan Watson excels in tough Swedish Enduro weekend to first-career win in E1
9th/10th Rd. Enduro 2016 – Enkoping (SWE)
Despite terrible weather and eight-hour-long days on the bike, Nathan Watson took his first victory in E1 with a 2-1 score on his new KTM 250 EXC-F for the two days of tough racing in the Swedish forest and is now second in the championship points.

Watson: “The weather was horrendous on the first day, so before the day started I knew it was going to be a really difficult race. And it was. I felt like I rode pretty well but I crashed in the second Motocross test and got stuck underneath my bike and lost 35 seconds. I was really annoyed with that because I ended the day just 15 seconds behind Remes. Day two was hard work but despite a pretty big crash in the log section in the Enduro test I managed to get my first Enduro 1 class win. Winning has certainly made the tough weekend worthwhile.”

Ivan Cervantes, who partners Watson in the E1 class this season, picked up an 8-4 score for the two stages to be just off the podium in fourth place.

Cervantes: “It’s amazing how different the two days were here in Sweden. Like a lot of riders I struggled on day one – I had a lot of crashes because I wanted to better and better. I was looking for a fifth place result but I crashed in the last two special tests. I lost all the work I did during the day. I started the second day with a different suspension set-up, and enjoyed the conditions more. I was really focused on getting a podium result but I just missed it, by only one second. I’m happy with my performance on day two.”

Taylor Robert, the team’s American recruit also had a solid weekend, taking a 2-2 for overall second in the E2 class with the KTM 350 EXC-F but admitted the going had been tough for him in conditions that are very different to what he is used to.

Robert: “It seems like each race this season is harder than the one before it, which is unbelievable. Finland was incredibly tough yet this event in Sweden was even harder – the conditions were really, really brutal in places. The first day was almost like just surviving – the rocks, tree roots and mud were so challenging. I feel like every rider hit the ground a lot this weekend. I got off to a better start on day two but annoyingly still made some pretty big mistakes. But all-in-all I’m pretty happy to have come away with two runner-up results in Enduro 2.”

Beginning to recover form after the hand injury he picked up in the opening round in Morocco, factory rider Christophe Nambotin wrapped up his weekend in overall sixth.

Nambotin: “Things are getting better and better. Last week in Finland was really hard for me. I really struggled to find a good feeling simply because I’d not ridden much due to injury. We did some testing after the race and found some good suspension settings and I got a much better feeling. This weekend things were better for me. Although it was a tough weekend I feel like I’m moving in the right direction with things. I had one crash on the first day but apart from that things went well. I had three crashes on the second day, so I’m disappointed about that. They weren’t big crashes but I lost time. Physically I still have to get stronger. But it will get better.”

In the theoretical new EnduroGP class Watson was fourth, Taylor sixth, Nambotin eleventh and Cervantes 16th.

Next Rounds: July 2-3, 2016 – Gordexola (ESP)

Results EnduroGP Enkoping 2016
1. Steve Holcombe (GBR), Beta (1-1)
2. Matthew Phillips (AUS), Sherco (2-2)
3. Nathan Watson (GBR), KTM (4-4)
4. Eero Remes (FIN), TM (3-5)
5. Johnny Aubert (FRA), Beta (6-3)
Other KTM
6. Taylor Robert (USA), KTM (7-6)
7. Antoine Basset (FRA), KTM (5-12)
11. Christophe Nambotin (FRA), KTM (11-11)
18. Ivan Cervantes (ESP), KTM (23-15)

Standings EnduroGP after 10 of 16 rounds
1. Phillips, 159 points
2. Remes, 151
3. Holcombe, 138
4. Watson, 114
5. Mathias Bellino (FRA), Husqvarna, 105
Other KTM
7. Robert, 98
10. Basset, 72
18. Nambotin, 11
19. Cervantes, 10

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4th Rd. Pro Motocross 2016 – High Point, PA (USA)

Following heavy rainfall throughout the day on Friday, the High Point Motocross track was on the muddy side for the morning’s qualifying sessions. Marvin Musquin prevailed through the conditions aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to qualify 3rd overall for the day.

Moto 1
In 450 Class Moto 1, Musquin got a good jump off the start to put himself into 4th on the opening lap. The 450 Class Rookie wasted no time pushing ahead as he climbed his way into 2nd place by lap three, passing Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac along the way.

From there, Musquin put his head down and charged toward the leader of Ken Roczen. Musquin held strong for 17 laps of racing to finish 2nd place behind Roczen in Moto 1.

“High Point is a really nice track, it’s really technical and rough. I won twice here on the 250 so I was really excited to come here on the 450,” Musquin said.

Next Race: June 25, 2016 – Tennessee, TN (USA)

Results 450MX Class Highpoint 2016
1. Ken Roczen (GER), Suzuki (1-1)
2. Jason Anderson (USA), Husqvarna (3-3)
3. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM (2-4)
4. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki (5-2)
5. Justin Barcia (USA), Yamaha (7-5)
Other KTM
12. Andrew Short (USA), KTM (12-14)
14. Justin Brayton (USA), KTM (17-13)

Standings 450MX Class after 4 of 12 rounds
1. Roczen, 193 points
2. Tomac, 152
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, 131
4. Seely, 116
5. Anderson, 113
Other KTM
6. Musquin, 104
14. Brayton, 57
16. Short, 51

Results 250MX Class High Point 2016
1. Joey Savatgy (USA), Kawasaki (4-1)
2. Zach Osborne (USA), Husqvarna (1-4)
3. Cooper Webb (USA), Yamaha (3-5)
4. Aaron Plessinger (USA), Yamaha (6-3)
5. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki (5-8)
Other KTM
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (USA), KTM (7-7)
14. Shane McElrath (USA), KTM (15-9)

Standings 250MX Class after 4 of 12 rounds
1. Savatgy, 166 points
2. Webb, 146
2. Jeremy Martin (USA), Yamaha, 142
3. Alex Martin (USA), Yamaha, 136
5. Osborne, 121
Other KTM
10. Oldenburg, 70
12. Jessy Nelson (USA), KTM, 65
16. McElrath, 58
19. Alex Frye (USA), KTM, 25
24. Justin Hill (USA), KTM, 12

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