KTM Riders perform well at the MX1 & MX2 GPs of Brazil2011-05-23 10:43
The Red Bull Teka KTM teenage duo Jeffrey Herlings and Ken Roczen were in a class of their own at the MX2 GP of Brazil on Sunday when they split victory in two thrilling motos but it was the Dutch teenager who got the better of his KTM teammate and rival to snatch the second race and the GP title.
Roczen had already thrown down the gauntlet in the first moto when he put in a stunning performance from gate drop to checkered flag. The young German, fresh from his win in the USGP last weekend steamed into the first turn to grab the holeshot and never looked back from then on. Herlings kept him in his sights for the first half of the race but the young German super kid just progressively pulled away from the rest of the field to cross the line an impressive 11.45 seconds in front.
Roczen shot out of the gates in the second race, grabbed the holeshot and looked like he was about to repeat his first moto performance. But Herlings was tenacious and kept him in his sights, applying the pressure until mid race Roczen made several uncharacteristic mistakes was twice briefly of the bike and in doing so left the door open for Herlings. The Dutch teenager needed no encouragement to charge through and once he had grabbed the advantage, the race was as good as over. The two riders have now split the victory in all of the four GPs so far. Roczen won in Bulgaria and the USA, victory went to Herlings in Valkenswaard and now in Indiaituba, Brazil. Roczen still holds the red plate as championship leader and said he was happy to leave Brazil without losing any points in the championship. The game is on between the two talented teenagers and the stage set for more exciting duels as the season progresses. The next episode will be in France in two weeks time.
Jeffrey said he was sorry that Ken had crashed because “I want to beat him fair and square”. “It felt good on the bike, the riding was good today and the crowd was great. This is the second GP win this season and the fourth of my career so now I am really looking forward to the next GP in France,” he said.
Roczen said he had possibly braked a bit too much going down hill. “Both wheels slipped away but I was back on the bike real quick,” he said. “I was closing the gap but then I made another mistake, the bike went into neutral and I went over the handlebars. I hurt my finger a bit and bent the handlebars so I lost my rhythm.”
Factory team boss Stefan Everts was satisfied with his two young riders. “I am happy for Jeffrey. He’s still young and he’s learning fast. It’s good for his future to do this kind of race and this kind of victory. Ken is still in the lead, he’s still confident and he’s still the one to beat. Today he had the best speed!”
The two KTM riders mastered conditions in the deeply rutted and very twisty track and were spurred on by a sell-out crowd at the Indiaituba track about an hour away from Sao Paolo. They also had to tough it out in hot and humid temperatures even though it is officially autumn in southern hemisphere.
1, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM (2-1)
2, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM (1-2)
3, Gautier Paulin, France, Yamaha
4, Tommy Searle, Britain, Kawasaki
5, Zach Osborne, USA, Yamaha
9, Joel Roelants, Belgium KTM
11, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM
12, Pascal Rauchenecker, Austria, KTM
14, Nicolas Aubin, France, KTM
1, Ken Roczen, Germany KTM, 191 points
2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM 177
3, Tommy Searle, Britain, Kawasaki, 156
4, Zach Osborne, USA, Yamaha, 122
5, Gautier Paulin, France, Yamaha, 120
9, Joel Roelants, Belgium KTM 90
11, Nicolas Aubin, France, KTM 73
12, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM 61
13, Pascal Rauchenecker, Austria 42
15, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium 31 (since Bulgaria out injured)
MX2 Manufacturers Classification
1, KTM, 200
2, Kawasaki 160
3, Yamaha 150
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