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2013 Minneapolis SX (and Italy MX GP) Review

This story is about Red Bull KTM Racing Worldwide. This past weekend they did something very special. In a 20 hour span, Red Bull KTM riders Marvin Musquin, Ryan Dungey, Jeffrey Herlings, and Tony Cairoli won all four major supercross and motocross races in the world. Marvin & Ryan at the Minneapolis Supercross, and Jeffrey & Tony at Round 4 of the FIM World Motocross Championships in Italy.

The recap of the races are quite simple – Marvin Musquin continued his meteoric rise in supercross by winning his fourth 250 SX Main Event of the season. Ryan Dungey won his ‘home’ supercross event, in what was one of the most exciting races of the year. Jeffrey Herlings remains ‘perfect’ in the MX2 World Motocross Series. And Tony Cairoli swept both motos of MX1 in Italy as he aims for a seventh World MX Championship.

Let’s now begin with Red Bull KTM’s Worldwide Director of Motorsports and Racing, Pit Beirer.

Pit and family

Pit is the one that convinced KTM to pursue this direction of world dominance in supercross and motocross. Pit had vision, Pit had a plan.

First it was to attack the World Championships, which at the time had been primarily based in Europe. Who was one of the first people Pit brought in to fulfill this vision? 10-time World Motocross Champion from Belgium – Stefan Everts.

That’s Stefan Everts talking to Jordi Tixier

Fast forward a few years later, as Pit extends his vision and plan to begin in the USA, Pit brings in another ‘legend’ from Belgium – Roger De Coster.

That’s Roger on the right

Can you see the pattern beginning to develop?

Now, let’s talk a little bit about each of these riders that won over this past weekend:

Marvin Musquin – winner of the 250 SX Main Event in Minneapolis Saturday night. Marvin is not only flourishing well here in the USA, but he won two MX2 World Motocross titles, 2009 and 2010. Riding for …. Red Bull KTM!

Marvin last Saturday night in Minneapolis

Ryan Dungey – winner of the 450 Supercross Main Event Saturday night in Minneapolis. Ryan Dungey has won a lot of titles. An AMA West SX title. An AMA 250 Lites National Championship. The 2010 AMA Supercross Series Title. The 2010 AMA 450 National MX Championship. And he won the 2012 AMA 450 National Motocross Championship …. riding for Red Bull KTM!

That’s Ryan Dungey on top after winning the 2013 Minneapolis SX

Jeffrey Herlings – winner of MX2 at Sunday afternoon’s MX GP of Italy. Jeffrey fits right into Pit and KTM’s vision of developing young riders to become champions. Jeffrey follows in the footsteps of Marvin (MX2 champion in 2009, 2010), and Ken Roczen (2011 MX 2 World Motocross Champion). Jeffrey won the 2012 World MX 2 Motocross Championship, riding for Red Bull KTM! And so far this season, he’s won every moto (eight).

Jeffrey Herlings is perfect so far this season

And finally, Tony Cairoli. Tony swept both motos of MX1 Sunday afternoon in Italy. Tony is THE dominant force in World Motocross. He is a six time world Motocross Champion, and he leads the 2013 points chase as he aims for another title. He rides the KTM 350. A project spear-headed by KTM, Stefan and Pit.

It’s Champagne Time for Tony!

Can you see the patterns continuing to develop for Red Bull KTM? If so, get ready for …. Jordi Tixier! : )

 

  • The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads this weekend to Seattle for Round 15, and the 250 West Coast battle between Kenny Roczen and Eli Tomac starts back up. Ken, who rides for Red Bull KTM, has won 250 West SX Main events earlier this season, and more importantly, leads the 250 West points standings coming into Seattle. Coverage will be here on Supercross.com.
  • The FIM World Motocross Series is already under way as well. As mentioned about, you can see what happened this past Sunday in Italy. This coming weekend the series heads to Bulgaria. MX GP coverage is on Supercross.com.
  • And the AMA National Motocross Championships begin in mid-May, and you’ll get all the results, points and more here on Supercross.com.

 

 

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