TONY CAIROLI WARMS UP WITH TRACK TIME AT THE ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

[Red Bull KTM's Tony Cairoli was in good form in Round Two of the Italian National championship on Sunday in Pietramurata to finish overall third in the MX1 and also in the Elite class.

Riding in front of a large and very enthusiastic crowd, Tony had an eventful first moto where he grabbed the holeshot but then went into a slide and had a small crash. He struggled with a jammed brake lever for some rounds and then just when he got control of this problem, a stone got stuck between the brake disk. "I wasn't sure what had happened and it was making a strange noise so I didn't dare to go at full speed, " he said. He also took the holeshot in second race of the day but went a little wide in the first corner and ran off the track. "I was in about sixth place when I got back and managed to win back three places to finish in third, he said, adding that the track was quite easy but fun. With less than two seconds between the top four riders in both races it was also an exciting day out for the fans.

Riders had dry weather for the first race but light rain fell during the second making the surface slippery. "There was a great crowd and a great atmosphere and that's always a good motivation to do well," Tony said. As he continues his preparation for the opening of the GP season, he will now race in third round of the Italian Championships next weekend in Castiglione Del Lago.

**Results MX1 **
[1, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha
2, David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha
**3, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM **
4, Davide Guarneri, Italy, KTM
5, Anthony Boissiere, France, TM

**Results Elite Class **
1, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha
2, David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha
**3, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM **
4, Davide Guarneri, Italy, KTM
5, C. Charlier, France, Yamaha

HERLINGS IN TOP FORM AT OPENING ROUND OF DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP
Red Bull KTM MX2 factory rider Jeffrey Herlings threw down the challenge at the opening round of the Dutch Championships in Ass on Sunday with a resounding victory in both MX2 motos to thrill his home fans.

Factory teammate Jeremy van Horebeek was second in both races but Jordi Tixier, the newest recruit to the factory lineup did not race as he is still covering from flu.

Jeffrey said he was very satisfied after two wins that put him 51 and 40 seconds ahead of****[ his nearest rival and indicated that he is in dominating form ahead of the start of the MX2 World Championship, which opens in Valkenswaard, NL on his favorite sandy surface on April 9. "It was an easy ride for me today and the track was very well prepared. I was happy with my riding and the bike even though in the second moto it started to rain and towards the end I had some trouble with my goggles," he said. All three of the KTM factory riders plan to ride in Round Two of the championship in next weekend in Halle.

**Results first moto MX2: **
1, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM
2, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM
[3, Joel Roelants, Belgium, Kawasaki
4, Glenn Coldenhoff, Netherlands, KTM

**Results second moto MX2 **
1, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM
2, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM
3, Joel Roelants, Belgium, Kawasaki
4, Glenn Coldenhoff, Netherlands, KTM

**[KTM ENDURO FACTORY TEAM IN GOOD FORM AT SPANISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS **
KTM Factory riders took the opportunity to warm up for the start of the season on Sunday at the opening round of the Spanish National Championships at Vinaros - Castellon with Johnny Aubert the fastest on the day.

"Johnny took the lead from the very first test and led throughout the day," reported boss Fabio Farioli. "Cervantes and Cristobal Guerrero managed to get close a couple of times but in the end they couldn't catch him. Remes had a slow start but was the fastest rider over the MX test," he added. David Knight rode in the E3 class but had to retire after experiencing some clutch problems.

The team's two French recruits, Antoine Meo and Christophe Nambotin did not race in Spain and are currently training at home in France.

[The factory team's bikes and equipment is being shipped to Chile this week ahead of the opening rounds in Talca on March 24-25. They will then go to Argentina for the next two rounds before returning to race in Europe.

**E1 **
1, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM
2, Fabien Planet, France, Sherco
3, Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna
4, Victor Guerrero, Spain, KTM
5, Thomas Oldrati, Italy,

**[E2 **
1, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM
2, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gag Gas
3, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM
4, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna
6, Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM

**Overall **
1, Aubert, KTM
2, Cervantes
3, Cristobal Guerrero
4, Remes