Red Bull Teka KTM rider Kenny Roczen made KTM, his team and 40,000 fans at the Teutschenthal circuit happy on Sunday when he took overall victory in the MX2 GP with a 1-3 moto result to surge further forward on the overall championship standings.
Factory teammate Jeffrey Herlings finished fourth overall with a 2-4 moto finish and is still second behind Roczen in the championship.
The two KTM factory teenagers completely dominated the first moto finishing over 30 seconds ahead of the field but the second moto was much harder work. Herlings missed the start and found himself back at fourteenth and Roczen crashed in the first lap. Both riders then pulled out all the stops hunted down the rest of the pack. Within three laps, Herlings was back in second while Roczen was closing in on him in fourth place. Roczen waited his moment then, responding to the huge roar from the crowd, slipped past his teammate and rode out the rest of the moto in third behind Gautier Paulin and Tommy Searle to seal another comfortable GP victory.
Roczen raced with a cold but still pulled off a thrilling performance for the massive crowd who came to the German circuit to support the young super star.
Roczen and Herlings again proved that they are in a class of their own in MX2 this weekend. Teammate Jeremy van Horebeek was unable to start on race day after a crash on Saturday put him in hospital overnight under observation. It was bad luck for the Belgian rider who has only just rejoined the team after another injury break. Jeremy was released from hospital on Sunday but returned to Belgium for more checks.
Ken Roczen: “Yesterday was good and today was even better. I won the first race and I got the holeshot in the second. Then I crashed in the first lap, I was back at 16th and it’s hard to pass on this circuit. I managed to come back to third and won the overall so I could make a bigger gap in the points to Jeffrey.”
Jeffrey Herlings admitted that although Teutschenthal was not his favorite track, he was still satisfied with his result. ” I’m satisfied with my riding and although I finished behind Ken I was still able to keep up with the same speed and I didn’t lose too many points. I also like the changes that they made to the track here,” he said. “Now I go and train in the sand because we’ll be racing in sand next weekend in Kegums and that’s my specialty.”
Young riders in the UEM EMX125 class also had their third round of competition in Teutschenthal, which saw a second and third podium place for KTM riders Samuel Bernadini of Italy and Tim Gajser of Slovenia. These riders are also second and third in the championship standings. KTM is ahead in both MX2 and EMX125 in the Manufacturer’s Standings.
1, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
2, Gautier Paulin, France, Yamaha
3, Tommy Searle, UK, Kawasaki
4, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM
5, Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland, Yamaha
1, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM 396
2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM 377
3, Tommy Searle, UK, Kawasaki 328
2, Gautier Paulin, France, Yamaha 319
5, Zachary Osborne, USA, Yamaha 265
MX2 Manufacturers’ Standings
1, KTM, 439
2, Kawasaki, 368
3, Yamaha, 355