Following Jeffrey Herlings’ outstanding FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship title win in front of his home fans in Assen, The Netherlands, KTM is excited to announce the launch of a very special celebratory motocross model: the KTM 450 SX-F HERLINGS REPLICA.
It has been a memorable year in MXGP in which Herlings has truly endured the highs and lows of motocross, and despite sustaining a collarbone injury mid-season, the KTM star has dominated the majority of races during 2018. The 24-year-old clinched his first FIM MXGP World Championship victory at the penultimate round of the series with an incredible 14 1-1 moto finishes so far this season. As celebrations for Herlings’ fourth world title win are on-going, KTM is pleased to launch the KTM 450 SX-F HERLINGS REPLICA in the Dutch racer’s honor. Herlings unveiled the bike this morning in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands – the venue of many victories for ‘The Bullet’, during a media event.
The KTM 450 SX-F HERLINGS REPLICA is a limited quantity European model and will be arriving in dealers in January 2019. This factory-looking dirtbike enjoys an array of upgrades over the standard model including an Akrapovič Slip-on silencer, Hinson factory clutch clover and fuel tank with machined fuel tank cap.
The bike, which is the most READY TO RACE machine on offer in KTM’s motocross line-up, boasts Factory wheels with anodized hubs, a Factory triple clamp, a composite skid plate, a Factory seat with Selle Dalla Valle logo, a front brake disc guard, a Factory start device for the fork, and an orange rear sprocket. This 4-speed model also has unique Red Bull KTM graphics with Herlings’ design and a factory-looking orange frame.
“I was so pumped when I was told there would be a KTM 450 SX-F HERLINGS REPLICA. I’ve been with KTM all the way through my career, and we’ve worked through the hard times and celebrated a lot together – we are a family, not just in the paddock, but back in Austria too, so this bike is really special to me. This year has been incredible for us with the results, and even with the injury I was able to come back strong and win the championship. To do it in front of my home crowd was amazing. It’s an honor to have a bike out there replicating my race bike – I hope the customers out there really like it,” said Jeffrey Herlings.
Herlings has won 31 from 38 motos so far this season to take the MXGP series’ win, while teammate Tony Cairoli secured second in the standings ahead of the final round in Imola, Italy.
“Jeffrey’s season is a great story and he has been outstanding – we are proud to see him take the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship title win. Towards the end of last season he was so strong, and also winning the race in America was a highlight for him, but this year has just been immense. Following on from the CAIROLI REPLICA we released some years ago, we wanted to honor Jeffrey’s achievements with the KTM 450 SX-F HERLINGS REPLICA. This model has a special specification with Herlings’ design and is a great package for European riders looking for the ultimate READY TO RACE machine,” commented Joachim Sauer, KTM Senior Product Manager Offroad.
Wels, Austria – September 18, 2018 — Great Britain’s Billy Bolt is aiming to deliver a memorable result in front of his home crowd when the World Enduro Super Series heads to Hawkstone Park this weekend, September 22/23.
Returning to a WESS podium at round five with a third-place result at Red Bull 111 Megawatt in Poland, a rejuvenated and highly motivated Bolt is fit and fired up ahead of his home race. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider sits second in the WESS championship standings, well aware that a strong result at the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country might well see him move to the top of the championship…
Billy, you’re close second in the 2018 WESS championship standings and this weekend it’s your home round of the series at Hawkstone Park. How important will the ‘home support’ be at this stage in the series?
Billy Bolt: “It’s going to be an awesome weekend, and such an important one for me. British Enduro fans are so passionate, so to have them on my side at Hawkstone Park is going to be a big advantage. Hawkstone’s going to be a difficult race, but I can’t wait. If I need a lift mid-race I’m sure there’ll be plenty of fans cheering me on, helping me dig deeper. I’m looking forward to putting on a show for them and can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Third last time out at Red Bull 111 Megawatt, that must have given your confidence a real boost after your knee surgery during the summer break?
“It felt great to be back on the podium again. I really wanted a good result there, especially as in 2017 I didn’t ride my best. I made it hard on myself this year though. I had a bad time in the Motocross section and actually crashed three times there on lap one. It wasn’t until lap three that I felt confident in the loose, deep sand. I knew both Manni Lettenbichler and Nathan Watson were close, but if I was within range I could finish top three. I managed to pass Manni in the Motocross part, then got Nathan on the Extreme stuff and broke free. Hawkstone will be different to Megawatt but knowing that things went well in Poland has certainly given me a boost at just the right time.”
World Enduro Super Series Standings (After round 5 of 8)
1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 3405
2. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 3290
3. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 3220
4. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 2900
5. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 2320
6. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 2308
7. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 2295
8. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 2262
9. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 1928
10. Travis Teasdale (Beta – RSA) 1790
Hawkstone Park Cross-Country Schedule
Saturday, 22 September
Open Practice: 09.00 – 12.00hrs
Fast Eddy Sprint Enduro: 12.30 – 17.30hrs
Sunday, 23 September
Youth Race: 09.00 – 10.00hrs
Steady Eddy Race: 10.30 – 12.30hrs
Original Fast Eddy: 13.00 – 15.30hrs
Netherlands – For the fourth year in a row the temporary and spectacularly set motocross course laid over the stadium section of the TT Circuit provided a rough, tight and curvy test. The sand benefitted from a slightly revised layout for 2018 but made largely the same inventive use of space next to the vast grandstand that was filled with most of the 40,000 attendance.
Red Bull KTM came to the 19th round of 20 in MXGP having mathematically confirmed both MXGP and MX2 world titles and expecting to see the first of the season-long duels between Herlings and Cairoli as well as Jonass and Prado decided on the bumpy Dutch terrain.
Herlings secured his first world championship with the KTM 450 SX-F in the premier class of the FIM series – becoming the first Dutchman to do so for 30 years – and the fourth of a career that begun with his current Red Bull KTM team in 2010 at the tender age of fifteen.
Setting off from the first pick in the gate after posting his twelfth Qualification Heat victory on Saturday, Herlings passed Cairoli before the end of the first lap and was cheered all the way to the chequered flag. The 24 year old cruised to the line almost forty seconds ahead of the pack and began the celebrations. He provoked a gasp from most of the circuit in the second moto with an early race crash but then hiked the entertainment factor by cutting his way through to win once more. It was Herlings’ seventh Grand Prix triumph in a row and 14th moto success; he was last beaten in Indonesia in July.
After 19 Grands Prix (of which he contested 18) and 36 motos, Herlings has won 16 and 31 and never finished lower than third in those 36 starts. He has dropped only 17 points all season and boasts a 100% podium record in just his second season in the category.
Tony Cairoli sealed the position of number two for 2018 meaning Red Bull KTM has classified 1-2 for the second consecutive year. The Sicilian has finished on the rostrum 14 times despite dealing with small injuries to his thumb, hand and knee and raised his runner-up trophy thanks to a 2-2 at Assen; walking the rostrum for the first time since the Grand Prix of Belgium.
Coldenhoff nearly gave the team a full podium sweep. #259 was fast and competitive at the track where he marked a podium finish in 2016 and charged to a fine 3rd position for a Red Bull KTM 1-2-3 in Saturday’s Qualification Heat. He was running inside the top three in the first moto until a frightening crash that saw him topple off the track. He thankfully retrieved his racebike and rode to 5th place. In the second moto– after holeshotting and leading the opening laps – Glenn fought off the attention of Max Anstie to classify 3rd and missed his first spray of champagne this season by just two points.
Herlings: “It has been an amazing day and it was a blessing to be in my shoes. Everyone had been saying ‘enjoy the day’ but it just ‘went’! To do this in front of my home crowd here at the TT Circuit #assen is amazing: a special day and it was nice to do it in style. I pretty much led the whole of the first #moto and then in between races it was hard to stay focussed because there are many friends, family, sponsors who want to congratulate you and I couldn’t really do my normal routine! I tried to pass Glenn in the second #moto but went down and had to pick up from tenth position and then work to get back to the lead. I managed to get little gap over Tony. It was a great day and it has been a special year. I have to give it up to Red Bull KTM; we’ve been together through this all the way so a big thanks to all the team and all the guys at the factory. Going 1-1, winning the championship, home crowd: enough said.”
Adrien van Beveren picks up where he left off on the 2018 Dakar Rally route in Argentina. Swapping his Yamaha WR450F Rally for the Ténéré 700 World Raid Prototype, Adrien chases the next horizon in South America.
Continuing the 2018 Ténéré 700 World Raid, Adrien van Beveren journeyed back to Argentina where his Dakar Rally ended earlier this year. This leg of the journey brings people into the harsh world of the professional rally rider and shows off the versatility of the Ténéré 700 World Raid Prototype in all new surroundings. Adrien is part of the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team, one of the greatest names in rally today and he’s ready to show just what this bike can do.
Following on from Rodney Faggotter’s trip down under and Stéphane Peterhansel’s adventures in Morocco, Adrien travelled back to the site of his exit from the 2018 Dakar Rally and prepared to conquer the terrain on this cutting-edge machine. The Ténéré 700 World Raid Prototype was delivered to the exact location of Adrien’s crash earlier this year and from there the mission was on. The rally superstar tested the Ténéré 700 World Raid Prototype on some of the toughest terrain South America had to offer and proved once again the absolute adaptability of the bike in any condition. Harsh rocky terrain, barren plains and thick scrub were all conquered joyously by man and machine.
With its supreme blend of power and manoeuvrability, the 2018 Ténéré 700 World Raid Prototype took Adrien van Beveren through the highs and lows of the 2018 Dakar Rally route at a thrilling pace. Heading for the final destination and completing the course he had to leave early, the 2018 Ténéré 700 World Raid Prototype proved its mettle and the rider reached his goal; ready to pass the machine on for the next leg of the journey and a new rider, with new goals and new challenges.