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

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