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KTM Racing News: US Supercross & SuperEnduro

Roczen podiums to reclaim red plate at Anaheim2

Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen of Germany had a good night out in the third round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series to finish in third in the 450 SX class to reclaim the red plate. Factory teammate Ryan Dungey fought back to salvage sixth place after rebounding from a mid-race crash.

Roczen had the top time in the early afternoon qualifiers and continued to show his good form to finish his heat second place for an easy transfer to the main. Dungey had a decent jump in his heat but got pushed out as the riders rounded the first corner. He then picked off riders to move into fourth to pick up the final transfer spot into the main.

Roczen and Dungey lined up together for the main but it was Dungey who grabbed the holeshot on his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. Dungey led the first quarter of the race while a major battle evolved behind him between five top riders.

Then Dungey fell in a corner just before the half way mark and lost the lead to James Stewart. Behind Stewart, Roczen, Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed all battled for the second place position.

Roczen and Villopoto swapped positions three times with Roczen eventually gaining the spot. Then Reed slipped by Roczen and Stewart and went on to take the win. Stewart finished second while Roczen hung on to finish third. Dungey recovered from his crash to finish sixth.

Roczen regains the red plate as championship leader, which was also his after his win in his first 450-class ride at Anaheim 1 to open the season. Dungey is tied for third just three points behind Roczen.

SX 250 West Coast championship
In the 250 SX, Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy KTM) picked up second place to retain the red plate as championship leader after three rounds while Red Bull KTM’s Dean Ferris, in his rookie year with the team, rebounded after a mid-race crash to finish eleventh. The Australian moves up to ninth in the points standings for the West Coast Championship, in what is a fiercely competitive arena.

Ferris got a great jump in his heat race and was sitting in a qualifying position from the start. He made a few key passes to finish in fifth for a decent gate pick in the main event. He got out of the gate reasonably well in the main then
cut to the inside of the first corner into third place before conceding some places in the next lap.

But Ferris came unstuck when Malcolm Stewart crashed right in his line. He recovered quickly but lost multiple positions and made a valiant attempt to get back into the top ten, finally finishing one spot short.

It’s unfortunate that I crashed tonight,” commented Ferris. “I was hoping to improve upon last week’s performance but my crash set me back. Having a poor result just motivates you to try harder each week. I will work even harder this week to be inside the top ten at the next round in Oakland.”

Next Event; Oakland, CA – January 26, 2014

Results AMA US Supercross
Rd. 3 at Anaheim 2
450 SX Class
1, Chad Reed, Kawasaki, 25 points
2, James Stewart, Suzuki, 22
3, Ken Roczen, KTM, 20
4, Justin Brayton, Yamaha, 18
5, Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki, 16
Other KTM
6, Ryan Dungey, KTM, 15
9, Andrew Short, KTM 12
13. Ivan Tedesco, KTM 8
16, Matthew Goerke, KTM, 5

450 SX Championship Points after Rd. 3
1, Roczen, KTM 60

2, Villopoto, 59
3, Reed, 57
4, Dungey, 57
5, Brayton, 55
Other KTM
9, Short, 38
15, Tedesco, 18
19, Goerke 12

450 SX Manufacturer’s points after Rd. 3
1, Kawasaki 70
2, KTM 65
3, Yamaha 55

250SX Class
1, Cole Seely, Honda, 25 points
2, Jason Anderson, KTM, 22
3, Cooper Webb, Yamaha, 20
4, Malcolm Stewart, Honda, 18
5, Justin Hill, Kawasaki, 16
Other KTM
11, Dean Ferris, Australia, 10

Championship Points after Rd. 3
1, Anderson 72

2, Seely 69
3, Zach Osborne 53
4, Webb 51
5, Wilson 50
Other KTM
9, Ferris, 31

Manufacturers Standings after Rd. 3 of 250s
1, KTM 72

2, Honda, 69
3, Kawasaki

Blazusiak big in Brazil: wins SuperEnduro Rd.3

Red Bull KTM Factory rider Taddy Blazusiak delivered a top performance in Rd. 3 of the FIM SuperEnduro Championship held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil Saturday. The reigning champion picked up the Superpole and a 1-3-1 result in the three finals and consolidates his championship points lead.

The Polish factory rider was the big winner with UK’s David Knight finishing second overall and Alfredo Gomez of Spain in third. Taddy’s teammate Jonny Walker of Britain was fourth after having some difficulty with arm pump.

Blazusiak warmed to the occasion and the enthusiasm of the large crowd crowd to deliver a stunning ride in the Superpole and the opening Prestige class final when he got away badly, crashed twice but still crossed the line three seconds ahead of Knight.

KTM Enduro Team Manager Fabio Farioli said he had delivered a great ride in the opening race, had salvaged third in the second race after three separate crashes and then came back well in the third race to pick up a total of 58 points on the night.

Farioli also said Walker rode well in the opener and was out in front when he lost positions due to arm pump.

Farioli: “Taddy was really brilliant tonight, especially in the opening race where he made a great recovery to go on and win. Jonny was also leading in the second race but crashed and finished fourth,” he said.

Walker’s 3-4-3 result netted him 44 points and he is now fourth in the championship standings.

The next round is in Mexico on January 25.

FIM SuperEnduro Championship Rd. 3
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Prestige Final 1
1, Taddy Blazusiak, POL, KTM, 7:12.314
2, David Knight, GBR, Sherco at 3.938
3, Jonny Walker, GBR, KTM at 17.646
4, Alfredo Gomez, ESP, Husqvarna at 24.151
5, Joakim Ljunggren, SWE, Husqvarna at one lap
Other KTM
7, Kyle Redmond, USA, KTM at 2 laps
8, Ricky Dietrich, USA, KTM at 2 laps

Prestige Final 2
1, Gomez, 7:31.126
2, Knight at 0.799
3, Blazusiak at 4.025
4, Walker at 22.612
5, Ljunggren at 25.077
Other KTM
8, Kevin Rookstool, USA, KTM at 1 lap
10, Redmond at 2 laps
11. Dietrich at 2 laps

Prestige Final 3
1, Blazusiak 7:13.969
2, Knight at 4.297
3, Walker at 12.864
4, Gomez at 22.874
5, Ljunggren at 33.817
Other KTM
6, Redmond at 34.368
9, Rookstool at 1 lap
13, Diertrich at 3 laps

Event Classification
1, Blazusiak 58 points
2, Knight 53
3, Gomez 46
4, Walker 44
5, Ljunggren 33
7, Redmond 25
9, Rookstool 22
11, Dietrich 14

Championship standings after 3 (of 6) rounds
1, Blazusiak 165 points
2, Knight 146
3, Gomez 120
4, Walker 112
5, Gibert Gatell 109

Junior Final 1
1, Giacomo Redondi, ITA, Beta, 7:36.594
2, Vinicius Calafati, BRA, KTM at one lap
3, Breno Felner, BRA, TM at 2 laps
4, Vinicius Lopes, KTM at 2 laps
5, Anton Loandro, BRA, Husqvarna at 2 laps
Other KTM
7, Rafael Borzino Thome, BRA, KTM at 2 laps

Junior Final 2
1, Redondi 7:37.945
2, Calafati at one lap
3, Felner at one lap
4, Loandro at 2 laps
5, Ronald Santi, BRA, Honda at 3 laps
Other KTM
8, Borzino Thome at 4 laps

Event Classification
1, Redondi, 40 points
2, Calafati, 34
3, Felner, 30