Taddy Blasuziak returns to action alongside KTM

The 6-time SuperEnduro World Champion will make a surprising return to the competition he’s dominated for years.

After he announced his retirement last year, Taddy sticked close to the Red Bull KTM Factory Team, the one that made him a legend of the Indoor Enduro. He assisted with rider training, testing, development etc.

Now, Blazusiak signed a one-year agreement with the austrian manufacturer, announcing that he also has some interesting plans, after the SuperEnduro series.

For now, it’s unknown what this means exactly, but until then, we’ll see the Polish rider back in action right in the first round of the new season of the SuperEnduro World Championship, which will be held this weekend in Krakow, in his home country.

 

Photo – Marcin Kin/KTM Media Library

KTM interested in Johann Zarco for 2019

In a brief interview, KTM’s CEO, Stefan Pierer has suggested that the Austrian team is interested in Johann Zarco’s services from 2019 onwards. At the moment, both Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith are signed for 2018.

Pierer has also stated that he’s interested to motorise a client in order to improve the factory team development. Rumors within the paddock have suggested that Marc VDS will race with KTM engines from 2019 engines and Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder to the team.

Johann Zarco made his MotoGP debut at the beginning of 2017 with Monster Energy Tech3 Yamaha. The Frenchman won both the Rookie Of the Year and Best Independent Rider awards as he finished sixth in the final standings.

 

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Another wildcard for Kallio – The Finn will take part in the season finale

KTM test rider Mika Kallio has been given another opportunity to race in MotoGP in 2017 as he will represent the Austrian manufacturer at the final race of the season in Valencia.

The 34-year old veteran has already raced in 3 GPs in the current season. After barely missing out on the points zone in Sachsenring, where he finished 16th, the Finnish rider took a sensational 10th on home turf for his manufacturer in Austria.

Kallio also impressed last time out at the Aragon GP, where he finished 11th, after running in the top 10 for the most of the race.

Throughout his long and fruitful career, Kallio has raced as a full-time rider in the premier class only in 2009 and 2010. If he mantains his great form, KTM might consider offering him a full ride next year, thus relegating Bradley Smith, whose results are going from bad to worse, to the status of test rider.

Apart from Mika Kallio, Michelle Pirro will also be present at the Valencian GP as an wildcard for the Ducati Team. This way, the field size for the season finale is enlarged to 25 bikes.

photo credit – KTM PRESS CENTER

Broc Tickle signs with Red Bull KTM

The biggest news of the day came from Red Bull KTM. After being rumored to replace Ryan Dungey at KTM, Broc Tickle has finally a signed a contract for 2018 with the Austrian team.

Tickle, aged 27, raced this season for Ricky Carmichael’s RCH Suzuki Team, but after the team announced the retirement, Tickle was left without a ride for the upcoming season.

Broc Tickle finished 11th in the Supercross standings and 15th in the Pro Motocross 450 standings. The former Suzuki rider won the 250 SX West title in 2011 and moved up in 2012 when he raced alongside Ryan Villopoto at Monster Energy Kawasaki. In 2013, he moved to the RCH Suzuki Team where he stayed until the end of this season when the team disbanded.

Brock Tickle’s team mate at Red Bull KTM will be Marvin Musquin.

 

photo – ktm.com/Broc Tickle – Instagram

Jeffrey Herlings wins Race 2 and the USGP

After a dominating performance in Race 1, the local hero, Eli Tomac seemed to be the main favorite to win the GP. The start brought the two KTM star riders, Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings ahead of everyone else.

Lap after lap, the duo extended their gap. In third, Eli Tomac had no answer for the KTM domination. Back in front, Tony Cairoli made a mistake and lost the race lead. At this, if the race finished with Herlings as a winner, the championship fight would have gone to Assen.

The second part of the race was dominated by Jeffrey Herlings. The Bullet extended his gap lap after lap and took a very commanding lead and eventually the race win and the GP win.

Cairoli had to settle for the second place and he will probably become world champion for the ninth time next week at Assen. Eli Tomac had a quiet race and finished third.

Behind him, Gautier Paulin and Kevin Strijbos had an entertaining race. In the end, Paulin finished in fourth place, with Strijbos finishing in fifth.

Jeffrey Herlings won the overall with 47 points and keeps his championship dreams alive for at least one week. Eli Tomac finished second with 45 points, while Tony Cairoli completed the podium with 42 points.

In the championship, Tony Cairoli leads the championship. Jeffrey Herlings is the only guy who can stop Tony Cairoli from winning his ninth world championship. The Bullet is 96 points behind his team mate.

MXGP will be back next week, with the Dutch GP which will be held at Assen on September 10.

 

photo – Ray Archer/KTM Media Library

Julien Lieber signs with Kawasaki in MXGP

The belgian rider has a one year rider with Kawasaki. Lieber, aged 23, currently races in MX2 with KTM. He will replace Jordi Tixier. The 2014 MX2 World Champion has underperformed in his two years as a Kawasaki rider and was prone to injuries.
Lieber made his debut in 2010 and participated in the 2014 MXoN. Once again, he was selected this year to represent Belgium in the MXoN, alongside Clement Desalle and Jeremy van Horebeek. Julien Lieber made a brief statement on his move to Kawasaki.

Coming back to racing this season, one of my goals was to get a top ride for the MXGP class, and I’m so happy to have achieved that. Joining the main class with such a professional team is like a dream, and for sure I will do my best to get strong results. There’s a lot of top riders in the MXGP but I already trained and raced on a 450 a couple of years ago and I think that this class will suit my riding style; I’ve ridden a 250 for seven years now, so it really is the right moment to move up and you can’t do it in a more professional team than the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team. I’m also happy to be teammate with Clément; we already have a good relationship and I’m sure we’ll work closely together.

Julien Lieber will race alongside Clement Desalle next year. He is currently fifth in the MX2 standings with 412 points.

 

photo – Vital MX

Marvin Musquin to miss MXoN

 

Marvin Musquin will miss the MXoN which is to be held in October at Matterley Basin in United Kingdom. The french rider made a press statement this morning. In a brief press release, he made the following comments:

This weekend will be announced the French team for the Motocross of Nations,” Musquin wrote on social media. “I won’t be part of the team, because I will have to take care of my knee in September once the season over. It’s a disappointment for me but after talking with my doctor and my team I have to do what’s best for my next season. I will be cheering on Team France to be on top of the podium again.

The three french riders who will ride at the MXoN will be announced tomorrow at Lommel. The main favorites to fill the three spots are Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre, Dylan Ferrandis and Benoit Paturel.

Belgium and Italy will also announce their MXoN teams this weekend at Lommel.

 

photo: Simon Cudby/KTM Media Library

Who can stop Tony Cairoli?

With only six rounds left until the end of the season, Tony Cairoli seems to be now in the perfect position to obtain his ninth world championship. The Sicilian Assassin has 523 points, 92 more than Gautier Paulin and 105 more than Jeffrey Herlings, his team mate at KTM

Who can stop Tony Cairoli? At the first sight, given the season he had so far, the logical answer is no one. He won already six out of the first thirteen GP’s of the year and scored many other podiums.

At this point of the championship, he can ride safer than before. Although he isn’t a man to ride very safely, it isn’t necessary to risk anything at this moment. The only rider who seems to keep up the pace now is Jeffrey Herlings, but the gap between them is far too big. If Tony doesn’t get injured or has many mechanical problems, the title will be his.

The MXGP will be back in action at Lommel, where most of the European pro riders train and live. For some, this is the most exciting GP of the year, given its historical importance and the legendary status the track has.

Who will stop Cairoli here at Lommel? There are many riders in the premier class who can race as hard as he does. Of course, he is the main favorite to win, but we can’t forget the likes of Herlings, Gajser or even the surprising winner from last year, the veteran, Kevin Strijbos.

Lommel is a very technical track, with 1675 meters. The belgian circuit has a sandy surface, so, Jeffrey Herlings, who is known for some as The King of the sand , has some serious chances to win here.

The schedule will be interesting. Beside the classic MX2 and MXGP races, Lommel will host this weekend races from the European Championships. On Saturday, MX2 and MXGP will have the qualifying races. On Sunday, starting at 13:00 CET, the MX2 boys will have the first race of the day.

photo: Ray Archer/KTM Media Library

Marvin Musquin goes 1-1 at Spring Creek

Marvin Musquin won both races at Spring Creek.

RACE 1

After a perfect start, Marvin Musquin opened up a gap and he disappeared in front. Eli Tomac kept his cool and had to settle for a distant second. Dean Wilson and Cooper Webb fought for the last podium place, with Wilson finishing third and Webb fourth.

Justin Barcia showed great potential throughout the practice and he converted his excellent form into a fifth place, just one place above the championship sensation, Blake Baggett, who lost once again points on Tomac. Christian Craig, Cole Seely, Henry Miller and Matthew Bisceglia completed the top ten. For Bisceglia this was the first race for RCH Suzuki after he filled up for Broc Tickle who ended his season after a big shunt two weeks ago.

RACE 2

Once again, Marvin Musquin stepped up the game and went on to make the double. The only central point of the race was Eli Tomac who had to make a bit of a comeback after a miserable first part of the race. In the end, he managed to reduce the deficit as he finished fifth in Race 2 and third overall.

The battle for the podium wasn’t quite as impressive as it was in Race 1. Blake Baggett nearly made it to top three overall as he manage to finish second in Race 2, while Dean Wilson saved the day once again for Husqvarna, with a third in Race 2 and second overall.

The overall win was taken by Marvin Musquin. The frenchman was followed at Spring Creek by Dean Wilson and Eli Tomac. In the championship standings, Eli Tomac extended his gap in front of Blake Baggett and Marvin Musquin.

The next round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship will take place next Saturday on Washougal.

 

photo – Simon Cudby/ KTM Media Library

Trey Canard retires from motocross

Trey Canard retired after a season full of injuries.

His retirement comes only two months after Ryan Dungey’s announcement. Trey Canard was currently 18th in the standings with only 39 points from the first seven rounds of 2017 AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Canard, aged 26, has signed this year a contract with KTM. Unfortunately, the injuries sustained throughout the Supercross season and the outdoor season, made his decision imminent.

I love racing and my passion for doing so has not changed, but there comes a time in every racer’s career where you come to the realization that although the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak, and I know in my heart it’s time to call it a day. I’ve had many injuries throughout my career and have always done my best to heal and bounce back. However, I feel I am not able to push myself to the level I need to in order to be competitive at the highest level of racing. I am sad to say goodbye but also extremely grateful and thankful for the last 10 years of my life. I never could have dreamed I’d do the things I’ve been able to do, to live out a childhood dream and meet and become close with so many wonderful fans and industry people.

The AMA Pro Motocross will continue tonight with the eight round of the season, which is held at Spring Creek.

 

photo – Simon Cudby/KTM Media Library