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Yamaha Racing Heritage Club Lights Up ASI Motoshow in Varano

001The Yamaha Racing Heritage Club celebrated the golden two-stroke era at the Autodromo Varano De Melegari “Ricardo Paletti” last weekend, allowing fans to see motorcycling legends such as Giacomo Agostini, Carlos Lavado, and Christian Sarron reunited with their iconic Yamaha race bikes from decades past.

The ASI Motoshow was the first of four YRHC events in 2022. A star-studded line-up of bikes and riders from the past and present lit up the atmosphere at the circuit, despite mixed weather conditions, ensuring that visitors got to re-live the sights and sounds of yesteryear. The recently formed YRHC aims to safeguard and showcase the racing history of the Japanese manufacturer. It allows owners of classic Yamaha race bikes to become members and gain access to advanced technical support by registering their machines on the official YRHC database. 
To demonstrate this, the YRHC historic bikes on display in Varano spanned over 33 years of racing, including Phil Read’s 1969 350cc TR2, a selection of TZ750s from the 1970s, Kenny Roberts’ 1981 YZR500 0W53, plus the YZR500 0W81 on which Eddie Lawson won the 1986 500cc World Championship title. Twice 250cc World Champion Luca Cadalora’s 1990 YZR250 was another star attraction, along with the Yamaha YZR500 ROC that “Fast” Freddie Spencer rode in 1993, and one of the last two strokes raced in the premier class in the form of Norick Abe’s YZR500 0WL9 from 2002.

Among the show's highlights was 15-time World Champion Giacomo Agostini being reunited with the 1977 TZ750D on which he won his last World Championship race at Hockenheim. The 79-year-old delighted the fans by taking the bike out on track alongside his son Giacomino, who rode a modern-day Yamaha R6 GYTR. Ago won 122 GPs during an illustrious racing career that lasted over 17 years, plus secured a further three 500cc world titles as a Yamaha Team Manager. He was delighted to be reunited with his old machine: “Getting back on my bike is definitely always a pleasure. I am riding my old Yamaha that I used to ride many years ago. It is amazing and something very special.”BIG 0002 previewThe Italian racing legend also presented the keys to the owner of the first 35KW Yamaha R7 registered in Europe, 18-year-old Gemma Torricelli, which fittingly featured Yamaha’s 60th-anniversary white and red livery commemorating the manufacturer's entry into its first ever Grand Prix in 1961. Gemma was delighted to meet one of her heroes and even got him to sign the fuel tank: “Honestly, it was a complete shock! I did not know I would get to meet Giacomo, and it was a wonderful moment; plus, I got his signature on the bike. I am a huge racing fan, so meeting such a legend was unbelievable.”

Agostini was joined on track for the Parade Lap on Saturday and the Lap of Champions on Sunday by two-time 250cc World Champion Carlos Lavado, with the charismatic Venezuelan showcasing both bikes on which he won titles, his 1983 TZ250 and his YZR250 from 1986. Lavado’s great rival and friend, 1984 250cc World Champion Christian Sarron, also joined in the action on his 1977 TZ750, along with Hubert Rigal and local hero Loris Reggiani, with all of the riders taking the time to pose for photographs, sign autographs and regale the fans with racing stories from times gone by. BIG 0034 preview It wasn’t just icons from the past that entertained the crowds. Andrea Locatelli swapped his Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK R1 for a replica of Johnny Cecotto's Formula 750 World Championship winning YZR750 to join in the parade lap. Both Loka and Ago are from Bergamo near Milan, and the 2020 FIM Supersport World Champion asked the 79-year-old for advice before taking to the track alongside one of his racing idols on a two-stroke bike that is entirely different to his current steed. The 25-year-old clearly enjoyed himself, commenting afterwards: "I have never tried something like this before, it's unbelievable and gave me a big smile!”

After such a successful first event, the Yamaha Racing Heritage Club is now gearing up for the Sunday Ride Classic at Circuit Paul Ricard in France on the 11th and 12th of June, where it will give fans a chance to celebrate the success of the Yamaha TZ250 alongside riders like Lavado and Sarron and their respective championship-winning bikes. The third event on the calendar is the ADAC Sachsenring Classic on the 15th-17th of July, followed by the Classic Motorcycle Festival from the 31st of July to the 1st of August at Donington Park in the UK.BIG 0073 previewPaolo Pavesio
Director, Marketing and Motorsport, Yamaha Motor Europe 
“The first event of the Yamaha Racing Heritage Club in Varano has been a great success. The YRHC was set up to benefit owners of our historic race bikes, and it is the passion of these collectors who are restoring, maintaining and riding classic Yamaha race bikes that inspired us. Our aim is not only to allow us to preserve Yamaha’s racing legacy but also to let us understand how we can best support and help these owners. Each event in 2022 will allow us to celebrate our heritage and also allow us to get to know our collectors and fans better so that in 2023 we can build on this and create a dedicated event just for them. We want to share not only our passion with the myriad of Yamaha racing fans out there but also inform and excite people who may not be aware of the incredible stories behind these legendary bikes and riders.”end bike test

DESIGN YOUR DUKE CONTEST - HOSTED BY ROK BAGOROŠ

DYDC 2022DUKE RIDERS STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

Embracing the colorful KTM DUKE community, KTM offers a chance to rewrite the rulebook with a 100 % original design! The DESIGN YOUR DUKE CONTEST challenges European Orange Bleeders to flex their creative muscles by designing their very own, one-of-a-kind sticker kit to be applied on a KTM 125 DUKE, KTM 390 DUKE, KTM 890 DUKE, KTM 890 DUKE GP or KTM 890 DUKE R.

By following 4 easy steps to enter the contest, everyone with a tablet, laptop, or smartphone can start to create a READY TO RACE sticker kit design and make it come to life using Vectary 3D software.

The rightful owner of the DUKE DESIGNER podium will be chosen by Rok Bagoroš and KTM by the end of June, with the winner taking home a brand-new KTM DUKE, handed over in the hometown of the DUKE family - Mattighofen.

“DUKE riders want to stand out of the crowd, not only with the bike itself but also with the design. As individualization is important, we want to give the DUKE riders the opportunity to rewrite the rulebook with a 100% original one-of-a-kind design – done by themselves! We can’t wait to see the results!” Rok Bagoroš, KTM Factory Stunt Rider and DUKE Ambassador.

The competition takes place from April 21st to June 21st, 2022, with the winner announced on July 21st, 2022.

FROM 2D TO 3D – HOW A DESIGN COMES TO LIVE

A central landing page hosts all the information, rules, design templates, and the central software to render your very own design onto a 3D KTM DUKE model.

To create a unique experience, Vectary have tailored their proprietary 3D Studio App for the KTM DESIGN YOUR DUKE CONTEST as the central design interface to make every DUKE design a personalized experience. The 3D Studio App can be operated intuitively to view the 3D model from all sides and angles. Once happy with the result, entrants can finalize their entry into the contest simply by exporting pictures from the 3D Studio App and posting them on Instagram using the hashtag #DESIGNYOURDUKECONTEST.

“Collaborating with KTM on this project is a creative meeting of the minds. We are opening up the possibilities for design and customization by allowing the motorcycling community to view their creations on a very easily accessible 3D platform. This way, they can focus less on the technical know-how and more energy towards the creative process." Michal Koor, Vectary CEO

Visit the official DESIGN YOUR DUKE CONTEST website here.end bike test

TOTAL TERRAIN DOMINATION: INTRODUCING THE 2023 KTM ENDURO RANGE

MY23 EXC RANGEThe 2023 KTM Enduro model range tears onto the trails with decades of championship-winning experience at the helm, bringing together a fresh and dynamic combination of race-bred performance, rider-focused ergonomics, and cutting-edge technology.

KTM has dominated Enduro competition for a number of decades, with the newest iteration of the 2023 KTM EXC and EXC-F models set to continue the trend. Boasting an updated design, orange-coated Chromoly steel frame, race-proven WP XPLOR suspension at each end, and real READY TO RACE credentials, the 2023 KTM Enduro range is the one to beat. MY23 EXC RANGE 1Offering the most extensive READY TO RACE competition Enduro lineup on the market, starting with the enduro underdog KTM 150 EXC 2-Stroke and topping out with the class-leading power KTM 500 EXC-F 4-Stroke, the 2023 KTM Enduro range caters to all riders and terrains. 

New for 2023, an all-new graphic design and white, purple and orange color scheme come together into a seamlessly blended palette. This color scheme was specifically chosen by the designers to pay homage to the early ‘90s enduro models, setting the 2023 KTM Enduro range apart from anything else on the trails. MY23 EXC RANGE 2The looks are further emphasized with the use of a race-inspired orange-coated Chromoly steel frame. Not only does this echo the styling on full-factory race machines but provides the perfect backbone to set off the 2023 graphics pack. 

In terms of engines, the 2-Stroke model range once again takes its place and is the leader in the paddock, making use of KTM’s patented Transfer Port Injection (TPI) technology. Not only has this ensured fewer emissions and fuel consumption but provides smooth and strong power delivery from the bottom right through to the top end of the rev-range. MY23 EXC RANGE 3The 4-Stroke model range provides the most concise offering of models, starting with the KTM 250 EXC-F and KTM 350 EXC-F and topping out with the powerhouses KTM 450 EXC-F and KTM 500 EXC-F. All models in the 4-Stroke range benefit from class-winning engines, engineered to deliver massive torque down low with class-leading power delivery at higher RPMs. 

These are flanked by the ever-popular KTM EXC SIX DAYS range, which offers a special tribute to the upcoming 2022 FIM International Six Days Enduro in France, combining the very latest in innovation with an extensive list of race-derived parts as standard. MY23 EXC RANGE 6Every motorcycle in the range gets fully adjustable WP XPLOR suspension as standard, with the advantage of a Progressive Damping System (PDS) on the rear. The PDS layout - a staple across KTM EXC and EXC-F models, offers lower maintenance due to fewer moving parts, but provides more ground clearance, with less chance of hooking up when climbing logs or rocks. 

As always, and thanks to KTM’s global network of dealers, the availability of support and parts needed to compete at the highest level are easily accessible, with the added availability of dedicated KTM PowerWear and KTM PowerParts designed to allow for the highest levels of performance, protection, and mobility for all offroad riders and racers. MY23 EXC RANGE 11The 2023 KTM Enduro range is derived from years at the top level of offroad racing and brings together a dynamic combination of race-bred performance, ergonomics, and technology ready to tackle any terrain. 

2023 KTM EXC and EXC-F models will be landing at dealer floors from May 2022, with full details available here

MY23 EXC RANGE 9end bike test

MOTORCYCLES SAVE LIVES – YAMAHA MOTOR TEAMS UP WITH RIDERS FOR HEALTH

8COHvNd q3MAqo9kL4B O8Yesterday it was announced that Yamaha will participate in the Africa Eco Race and in this announcement it was revealed that global leaders in transport for healthcare, Riders for Health has become Yamaha’s title partner for the race to raise awareness for its projects.

Now, Yamaha is happy to officially announce a three-year partnership with Riders for Health, a humanitarian organisation which provides accessible healthcare to some of the most remote communities in regions across Africa by supplying and maintaining motorcycles and other suitable vehicles to health-focused organisations.5h6e9n7fKZIBFBrq rQPMmFor more than 30 years, Riders for Health has been providing suitable transport to health care workers across some of the poorest and most hard to reach regions of Africa where citizens often find themselves without the basic health care that many of us take for granted.

Riders for Health has long used Yamaha motorcycles to provide these vital services, making the organisation a natural fit for this partnership as Yamaha looks to live by its ethos of contributing to society and bringing value to people’s lives.

Over the coming months in the lead up to the start of the Africa Eco Race, Yamaha and Riders for Health, in cooperation with its UK-based fundraising arm, Two Wheels for Life, will launch some exciting fundraising activities, so stay tuned for this news on either the Yamaha or Yamaha Motor For Riders’ website.5GG9obQXa Y9rd0Bur3GepAndrea Coleman, Co-Founder Riders for Health and Two Wheels for Life

“Yamaha are close to our hearts. We have used their reliable AG bikes for over 30 years in our African programmes and their racing teams have supported our fundraising since the start of the charity. We are excited to announce this new, landmark three-year partnership between Riders for Health, Two Wheels for Life and Yamaha. Together we will show that motorcycles save lives!"

Eric de Seynes, President, Chief Executive Officer of Yamaha Motor Europe, Senior Executive Officer of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

“We are proud to partner with Riders for Health. Our aim with this partnership is to raise awareness and raise funds for Riders’ projects in which they provide vital healthcare to communities in the most remote areas. We really hope that people are touched by Riders’ cause and participate in our upcoming fundraising activities.”4chyB 2n4Wy9ApkT9r YZMend bike test

APEX PRO COMPONENTS FOR KTM RC 125/390 AND KTM DUKE 125/390

APEX PRO 6500 6746 5At WP Suspension we have the need to always go one step further, we are non-conformists and we work on our PRO COMPONENTS taking care of even the smallest detail.

Our range of street components, APEX PRO is not an exception, we know that mixing our best materials, technology and expertise in the elite of motorsports is a perfect recipe for outstanding quality and performance.APEX PRO 6500 6746Our priority is that every rider can maintain maximum control of the bike, to draw corners with laser precision or brake in the most aggressive way. Whether on the track or on the street, the APEX PRO COMPONENTS have been developed using the technologies used in our MotoGP Factory Racing Teams to give those ambitious riders maximum confidence and optimum performance and unleash their most competitive spirit.

The WP APEX PRO 6500 Cartridge offers first-class damping characteristics combined with outstanding feedback from the road. The open-cartridge technology ensures optimized heat dissipation even under extreme stress and frequent compression. The extensive adjustment possibilities guarantee precise response and a completely new riding experience, whether on the road or in racing.APEX PRO 6500 6746 2The suspension characteristics of the WP APEX PRO 6746 SHOCK can be easily adjusted to almost any situation using the separate high- and low-speed compression and rebound settings. Thanks to the SCS BIG VALVE Technology, the suspension now delivers maximum precision and direct feedback in every riding situation.

The APEX PRO 6500 Cartridge is available for (€573.00 retail price excluding VAT). TheAPEX PRO 6500 Cartridge is available for the following motorcycles with KIT Article No.:AP06C100U001220

KTM: RC 125/390 MY2022 and Duke 125/390 MY2017-MY2022APEX PRO 6500 6746 4The APEX PRO 6746 Shock Absorber is available for (€696.70 retail price excluding VAT). The APEX PRO 6746 Shock Absorber is available for the following motorcycles with KIT Article No.: AP06C100U001221

KTM: RC 125/390 MY2022 and Duke 125/390 MY2017-MY2022

For more detailed information visit your nearest WP AUTHORIZED CENTER
 or go to - WP Suspension (wp-suspension.com)end bike test

THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK IS COMING BACK FOR 2022

new KTM rideMark your calendars, THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK will take place on July 4th to 10th. Encouraging mass participation by all adventurers no matter what bike they are on, THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK is a unique opportunity to go out and ride. The main goal: to complete 1,000 km or more in seven days…

Seven days, 1,000 kilometers, July 4th to 10th 2022. 

Powered by KTM and RISER, THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK is the perfect excuse to put some mileage on your motorcycle. It is an invitation to go explore the tracks and trails you’ve always wanted to and is an opportunity to share your favorite places with the global motorcycling community. 

The most adventurous riders will be rewarded with daily prizes and the chance to be featured on theworldadventureweek.com as well as KTM’s social media channels. There will be different challenges to complete on each of the seven days, with all riders completing 1,000 km or more in total receiving a personalized award. 

The challenges will be open to all riders from all brands. To enter, you simply need to download the RISER app from the App Store or Google Play and start recording your rides. 

For all adventurers keen to learn more about this exciting new challenge, more information is available on theworldadventureweek.com

More information on the event’s daily and weekly prizes will be released in the coming two weeks.end bike test

BACK-TO-BACK RACING FOR BROTHER LEADER TREAD KTM

2022 Brother Leader Tread KTM Line upjpgThe National Enduro Championship season was off to a stellar start for Brother Leader Tread KTM. The first round of the championship took place in Harding, KwaZulu-Natal, this past weekend where riders blistered their way through some of the most iconic trails South Africa has to offer.

The event marked the debut race of two new orange riders – namely Blake Gutzeit and Matthew Stevens. Star rider Bradley Cox was missing from the action after an injury he sustained at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. 

Gutzeit stepped onto a KTM 300 XC-W TPI for his debut national event with the orange team. Having started in the fourth row, he was off to a slow start in the opening lap as he worked his past the riders ahead of him. As he picked up the pace from the second lap, however, it wasn’t long before he closed the gap on frontrunners Brett Swanepoel and Wade Young. 2022 Brother Leader Tread KTM Line up. 1After an eventful fourth lap and an exceptional display of grit, Gutzeit finished second in his class and second overall. He explained:  “I really put the hammer down in the second lap and made up a lot of time. It gave me confidence going out on the third lap, and I quickly started closing the gap on the guys ahead of me. I unfortunately crashed on the fourth lap and broke my clutch! I never gave up though, and kept my head strong. I managed to get ahead of Brett when we hit a muddy section, so with a bit of luck and a ‘never say die’ attitude, I finished in second overall!” said Gutzeit.2022 Brother Leader Tread KTM Line up. 2Adding to the excitement this weekend is the fact that former Brother Leader Tread KTM rider, Scott Bouverie, set the routes. As one of the most talented Enduro riders the country has seen, Bouverie carved out nothing less than world-class trails in Harding. 2022 National Cross Country Season Opener.  “The track was incredible! It was a ‘real Enduro’ route that was so well marked. Scott put on a great show. There was even a new timing system, which I believe is a big step forward for racing in South Africa. My motorcycle ran so smoothly and the team dynamic was awesome – we share the same common goal of wanting to win and that really kept me going on Saturday,” said Gutzeit. 

Also making his debut for Brother Leader Tread KTM was exciting Enduro prospect Matthew Stevens, who raced in the J1 class on the KTM 125 XC. He had a tough start to the event by his own high standards and used the remaining laps to play catch up. With a sixth place overall in his class, the rider was happy to secure some championship points but was also determined to work on his speed for the next event. 2022 National Enduro Round 1 by Mpho Ramathikithi for zcmc.co.za 38Stevens also raced in the Extreme Enduro Championship the following day where he stormed to a podium spot. He commented: “I’m more comfortable on the extreme terrain and realised that I need to work on my pace on the faster stuff. I loved every moment of this weekend and look forward to improving as I move into the rest of the season.”

The Brother Leader Tread KTM team will now turn their attention to the next round of the National Cross Country Championship. The event takes riders back to KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday for what promises to be a nail-biting day of racing.2022 Brother Leader Tread KTM Line up. 3 All eyes will be on star rider Bradley Cox who opened the season in victory. In what was an unforgettable start to the championship, the rider stormed to both the Overall and OR1 Class win at Legends MX. 

In the highly competitive OR2 Class, new recruitScott Heygate will enter the event with fresh sense of confidence after the first round. It was an impressive debut performance for the rising star who managed to finish second in his class and fourth overall – his best national finish in South Africa to date.2022 National Enduro Round 1 by Mpho Ramathikithi for zcmc.co.za 42Joining him in the OR2 Class is Red Bull KTM’s Kerim Fitz-Gerald. With years of experience to fall back on, the former South African Motocross champion will look to build on his third place finish from the first round.

Rounding out the team is young gun Matthew Wilson, who like teammate Cox opened the season in victory. The team added Wilson to their cross country roster in the OR3 Class this season, and judging by his first performance, have a promising season ahead with the rising star. end bike test

MOTOCROSS LEGEND GOOSEN RETIRES FROM COMPETITIVE RACING

David Goosen 01After an unforgettable season with Husqvarna Racing, star rider David Goosen has announced his retirement from competitive racing. Goosen injured his knee in the last moto of the recent Cape Town national and later discovered that it would require surgery. 

The rider well-known for his “21” number board brought a breath of fresh air into a highly anticipated 2021 season for the Husqvarna Racing team. Having been a top contender for the championship title, Goosen and the team decided to give the 2022 season their best shot before the rider would gracefully end his competitive racing career.    David Goosen 02The recent injury, however, is expected to side line Goosen from the next three rounds of the season – dashing any hope of winning the MX1 or MX2 Championship. After numerous discussions about the best way forward for both Goosen and the team, it was with heavy hearts that the decision was made for an early retirement. 

“Just over a year ago we were so proud and excited to announce the signing of David as our premier athlete in MX1 and MX2. David is so much more that a top motocross rider to me, he is also a friend, a gentleman and a fine ambassador for both our team and the sport! This career ending injury is tough, really tough, and he will leave an enormous gap in many ways. We will, however, make sure we keep him around us and the sport whenever possible. It’s time for new beginnings for David and Shannon, and we are going to miss them both!” said Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham.David Goosen 03Motocross has been a part of Goosen’s life since he got his first motorcycle at 3 years old. Growing up in Zimbabwe, he fondly remembers spending weekends with his family at the track for a great portion of his childhood.  As he looks back at that time in his life, he believes that it set him up for success in what would soon become a flourishing racing career.

The rider was crowned the country’s National Motocross Champion in 2017 – a defining moment in Goosen’s racing career. With immense pride in everything that rider has achieved, the team took some time to chat to Goosen about everything from his recent injury to the most memorable moments of last season: David Goosen 04

Tell us about the extent of your recent injury?

I injured my knee in the last moto of the recent Cape Town national. While pushing at the front end of the pack I had a bit of a side swap and my knee clicked quite harshly. MRI scans showed that I had torn the meniscus in my knee. I opted to not have an operation as I wasn’t in too much pain and could continue riding. 

Just over a week ago while I was training for the upcoming round, I had a very similar twisting movement on the bike which ended up causing a locked out knee and a serious amount of pain. I had no option but to undergo emergency theatre to release and fix the knee. The outcome was a 270 degree meniscus tear which had to be sewn and repaired.

David Goosen 05How did you and the Husqvarna Racing team come to the decision to ultimately withdraw from competitive racing?

The Husqvarna Racing team and I agreed to give this year our all before I called it a day from competitive racing at the end of this 2022 season. The injury is going to set me out for the next three rounds now and it’s going to take a lot for me to come back to full fitness to be competitive again - all for the one or two rounds that will be left. I’m saddened to call it early, but with work pressures and the constant hustle it’s about time I take a break and catch up on some normal life. I feel like this is the right time that I step back and let this opportunity go to a new up and coming rider that will give their full effort and commitment to racing and Husqvarna.David Goosen 06What will your involvement in the sport and with the Husqvarna Racing team look like from here?

I’d love to stay involved with Husqvarna going forward - we have not gotten into discussions yet but they have an amazing motorcycle line up that I’m a very big fan of. I’ll always be a massive fan of the brand. I don’t have any plans for motocross yet, but I’ll always be a serious motocross guy. I’m pretty sure I’ll be at the track riding in a few months and enjoying the sport fully, but using it more as more as a relief than to be competitive.

What have been some of the highlights with the team over the last year? 

The Husqvarna Racing team has been awesome to work and be involved with. The two year deal has unfortunately ended a bit sooner than we had hoped for. I can’t thank them enough for the times we have had together and for giving me every opportunity needed. We had some great results and some very fun days racing, which I’ll always cherish. A massive thank you to Husqvarna and Fred Fensham for all the belief and support, Grant for all the work he always put in to help, Pritchard for keeping the bikes in tip top condition, and of course Franziska for giving me the opportunity.David Goosen 07What has your career in racing motocross meant to you?

Racing motocross has been everything to me, I think it’s been 27 years now. I went from a small kid messing around in Zimbabwe to racing all across Europe! I have competed at the top level in South Africa for years I have reached goals I never thought was possible. It’s challenged me to the deepest of the deep over the years, but I take this as school fees and character building to my life. I have built a career in the motorcycling industry away from racing that I am excited to put extra focus into now. David Goosen 08How do you hope that your career has inspired the next generation of riders coming through the ranks

I’d hope to think I’ve left a good taste in people’s mouths with the way I handled myself with racing. A lot of people have seen me through the highs and lows and I feel like I held it together pretty okay. I was as professional as possible, and I appreciated everything along the way that any person or brand ever gave me. 

A very big thank you goes out to all of my sponsors and people that have supported this amazing journey - it’s been a life time of good times and special memories. I’ll look forward to returning to the gate one day with a bunch of mates to ride in MX3 or perhaps even a few laps of MX1.David Goosen 09end bike test

OLIVEIRA STORMS TO KTM’S SIXTH MOTOGP™ VICTORY

Brad Binder Red Bull KTM MotoGP Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia The Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia at the new Mandalika International Street Circuit was wet and steamy but entirely memorable for a dominant performance by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Miguel Oliveira who sailed to his first win of the season and the sixth vicxtory for KTM in the premier category.

• Oliveira, in his 50th MotoGP start, excels in demanding wet conditions for a first KTM win of the year
• Points for Brad Binder as the South African wins frantic battle for 8th
• Two-from-two podium trophies for KTM this season after ruling the Mandalika circuit inauguration as Binder sits just 2 points from world championship lead and Oliveira is 4th
• KTM lead Constructors’ championship for the first time as Red Bull KTM top Team’s standings

MotoGP rounded the flat, fast, hot and soaking-wet Pertamina Mandalika Circuit, the first Grand Prix on Indonesian soil in a quarter of a century. The teams and riders familiarized themselves with the brand-new facility during a brief pre-season test but had to cope with harsh temperatures and low-grip asphalt that was unpredictable in terms of the size and cleanliness of the main racing line. The MotoGP sprint was delayed by over an hour after a torrential rain shower flooded the venue, and additionally resulted in the overall race distance being reduced to 20 laps.Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM MotoGP Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia 2Red Bull KTM started from the second and third rows of the grid thanks to Binder and Oliveira’s efforts through a positive Q2 on Saturday. Oliveira rocketed from 7th to the lead and diced with Jack Miller as the pair edged a slight distance over the rest of the pack.

As the conditions changed, riders remained on edge tackling the varied sections of dampness as the heat helped to clear some of the racing lines. Oliveira embraced the challenge and forged a five second lead by the mid-race stage which he managed all the way to the checkered flag.

Marking Oliveira’s fourth victory in the MotoGP category, KTM are the top manufacturer in the series for the first time in their six-year tenure in the category while Red Bull KTM Factory Racing top the Team’s standings following their best start to a season so far. Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM MotoGP Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia Launching from 4th, Binder suffered a technical problem before he could establish his race pace and then ploughed a course through the water to win a thrilling battle for 8th. Binder is now just two points from the top of the MotoGP Championship table and Oliveira has lifted to 4th. Since KTM joined the premier class in 2017, the manufacturer has taken 15 podiums including six victories and will be looking to carry this momentum after a positive start to the 2022 season.

Miguel Oliveira: “Emotionally that was a roller coaster. The start was perfect and then it was hard to judge the limit. I followed Jack for a few laps and understood I could go faster, I then focused to do the maximum and built the gap. I was managing the cushion through the race, but it was not easy. It hasn’t been the easiest time for me, so this is emotional, and I promised my daughter a trophy from Indonesia, so this is for her. Let’s go to Argentina now and see what we can do and keep up the level. Right now, I’m happy to be on top of the podium.” 

Brad Binder: “I’m disappointed because I had a good feeling all weekend and especially with rain tires. Despite the rain the grip from the track was insane in some places. Unfortunately, I did the whole race with the ride height device down and to finish 8th is like a win. If it had been a dry race, then I don’t think I would have been able to do anything. So, we got unlucky and lucky with the circumstances. It was difficult to bring the bike home so I’m happy. Argentina is a track I really enjoy. It will be my first time there on the MotoGP track so let’s see.”

Francesco Guidotti, Red Bull KTM Team Manager: “I’m really happy and what a result for the team and the company. Everybody who has worked in this project deserves this win. Miguel was so strong since Friday morning and so committed is any condition or circumstance. Two races and two podiums and a victory: we are in a good way. What a great start to 2022.”Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM MotoGP Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia 1end bike test

 

 

 

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