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.

 

 

 

Wels, Austria –  With British riders well-placed among the top-10 of the World Enduro Super Series, the addition of the UK’s Hawkstone Park Cross-Country is a fitting entry to the 2018 calendar. Taking place at one of the country’s most iconic off-road venues, the Hawkstone Park facility has played host to some incredible battles in the worlds of Motocross, Trials and Enduro over the years.

Thanks to the efforts of Paul Edmondson and his Fast Eddy Racing organisational team that tradition continues in 2018 with two days of action-packed Enduro racing for 500 amateur and professional riders in what’s set to become a welcomed festival of Enduro.

 

“Becoming a part of the 2018 World Enduro Super Series means a lot to our race. To have the world’s best Enduro riders come and race at Hawkstone Park side-by-side with amateur and weekend riders will really elevate the status of the event,” tells Edmondson.

 

“We’re hoping to see 500 riders come out in force and compete during the two-day event, with 250 lining up in Sunday’s feature race the ‘Original Fast Eddy’. Hopefully, it will result in a full-house of spectators coming to watch the racing. It’ll be a festival of Enduro that the UK needs right now

Marking round six of WESS, the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country will feature an action-packed schedule for competitors of all abilities on September 22/23. Saturday’s highlight will be the Sprint Enduro comprising of an Enduro special test around the surrounding woodland and a Motocross test on the iconic Hawkstone Park circuit, while Sunday’s feature event will see 250 competitors go head-to-head in a two-and-a-half hour Cross-Country race. In between are races for children and hobby riders, which will ensure the action is non-stop as Paul explains…

“With races to suit all abilities during the two days, there is something for everyone. If you just want to have a go at riding the circuit you can take your bike out on Saturday morning’s practice session and ride with no pressure.

“There’s a Sprint Enduro on Saturday and then a children’s race on Sunday morning followed by the ‘Steady Eddy’ hobby race. It’s important that families can let their children race the same track as the Pro riders and then still watch the top guys go bar-to-bar later that afternoon.

“Hawkstone Park is sandy in nature and as a result will be rough and tough with 500 riders competing. Racing it for two and a half hours will be a big challenge for the riders, especially when we add in the best bits of the Motocross circuit and some gnarly woodland Enduro sections.

“The mix of terrain will suit different riders in different places, so the course will level the playing field. Physical fitness and mental stamina will play a key role in Sunday’s racing for sure. Whatever happens, we’re going to be guaranteed some action-packed racing.”

While home favourites like Billy Bolt (Husqvarna), Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna), Paul Bolton (KTM) and Nathan Watson (KTM) continue their fight to win this year’s championship, the accessibility of the WESS format will allow hidden local talent to compete against the very best Enduro riders on the world stage.

“To have five British riders inside the top 10 overall in WESS shows just how strong Enduro is in the UK. And while guys like Billy Bolt, Nathan Watson, Graham Jarvis and Paul Bolton will no doubt battle for the podium against riders like Josep Garcia, Taddy Blazusiak and Wade Young there’s going to be some spoilers in the mix too,” considers Paul.

 

“There is a good fast crop of local riders who will want to use this opportunity to showcase their skills on the world stage. Guys like Tom Sagar, Alex Snow, Darryl Bolter and more are going to be up the sharp end of the results, too.

“One of the best things about WESS is that a local rider can turn up, qualify and sit on the start line next to his hero. For the next two-and-a-half hours they are equals, banging bars and enjoying the track — that’s a rarity in motorsport.”

The World Enduro Super Series continues with round six at the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country in Great Britain on September 22/23.
WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2018 SCHEDULE

Rnd 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13
Rnd 2. Erzbergrodeo (Austria) May 31-June 3
Rnd 3. Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) June 8-10
Rnd 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28
Rnd 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September 8-9
Rnd 6. Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (England) September 22-23
Rnd 7. Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27
Rnd 8. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10

With steady, efficient riding and good sensations astride the Honda CRF450 RALLY, Paulo Gonçalves took victory as the Desafio Inca concludes in Ica, Peru. This is the third consecutive triumph for the Monster Energy Honda Team in South America this month.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves took the top honours in the 2018 Desafío Inca. The final 180-kilometre stage was a highly productive one for Paulo, who held a solid, error-free pace and was able to catch up to the preceding riders. Gonçalves crossed the line in Ica with the best time of the day sporting a three minute-advantage over the nearest rival.

It is the team’s third victory in as many races, all disputed in South America within a single month, following the victories of Kevin Benavides in the Atacama Rally and Gonçalves, once again, in the Desafío Ruta 40.

José Ignacio Cornejo finished in fourth place in spite having finished the final special stage in tenth spot. Kevin Benavides, the winner of yesterday, was forced to endure the handicap of opening the track. Nevertheless, the Argentine navigated without mistakes to finish the race in sixth place. American Ricky Brabec, fifth today, climbed to eighth position in the final overall leaderboard.

The next appointment of the will be the Morocco Rally, fifth and final round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship to be held in the African country from October 3rd to 9th.

Paulo Goncalves

“We have finished this important test here in Peru, the Desafio Inca. It went very well because we won the race. Today I had a starting position that could have complicated things, but Kevin did very well opening the track. I was able to push a lot and those behind weren’t able to catch me. I am happy for myself and for the team. This was a race with riders with a very good pace. You have to stay attentive and not relax. The most important part is still to come”.

Stage 3 results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team 1:55’08
2 PRICE Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +2’02
3 SUNDERLAND Sam 5 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +2’16
4 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +3’01
5 BRABEC Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team +3’16
6 CAIMI Franco ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +3’34
7 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +5’22
8 BENAVIDES Kevin ARG Monster Energy Honda Team +5’59
9 SANTOLINO Lorenzo SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory +6’05
10 CORNEJO José Ignacio CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +6’50

 

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