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Athletes - Factory KTM-2

Name:Jeffrey Herlings
Nation:The Netherlands
Born:12.9.1994
Bike:KTM SX-F 450
Start number:84
Discipline:FIM MXGP World Championship
Mechanic:Wayne Banks
Career highlights:2008 85cc Junior World Champion, 2x MX2 Vice Motocross World Champion, 3x MX2 Motocross World Champion, 2017 MXGP Motocross World Champion, 2019 MXON Team winner

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Jeffrey Herlings

Afyon drew the MXGP series to the midway point with another outing around the fast, flat and modern facility located on the outskirts of the Afyonkarahisar. Hot sunshine and a light breeze guaranteed stable racing conditions for the hard-pack that was rutty and bumpy in sections and slick in others.

Jeffrey Herlings clocked his fifth Pole Position of 2021 in Timed Practice. The Dutchman now has more than double the next nearest rider. Herlings was part of a breakaway quartet in the first moto with holeshotting teammate Jorge Prado holding the lead for 4 of 19 laps until the Spaniard crashed at the beginning of Sector 2 and would remount to finish 21st. Herlings circulated behind Romain Febvre and with Tim Gajser in close company as Tony Cairoli made up a lot of time from 10th to join the trio by the last two circulations. As Febvre made a mistake on the final lap Herlings was there to seize the moment and won the moto from an energetic Cairoli by just half a second.

The second moto was more dispersed. Tim Gajser escaped Herlings’ attentions in the later phase of the race and Cairoli won a close duel with Prado for 3rd place. Herlings’ 2nd place allowed the 26-year-old to win for the second time this week in Turkey and move up to 4th in the world championship, just 34 points behind Gasjer and the red plate.

Jeffrey Herlings:
I started the day strong with Pole Position and it was important to be on the inside of the gate here, especially against Jorge! The first race was good, and busy! I could not really attack because I had Tim [Gajser] behind me and I had to defend my line but at the same time I had a bit more speed on Romain [Febvre]. It was so hard to pass on this track. I managed to hold second until the last lap but then Romain made a mistake and I had the win handed to me, so it was a bit of a gift. In the second moto I was looking for lines but again I had to defend and attack at the same time with Jorge and Tim. Tim was faster the second moto. I was struggling a bit with grip. The track got hard and slick and I had a few sketchy moments so at one point I decided to settle for second and minimize the risk. I knew I had the GP win, my 93rd. It’s been a good day and two good races here in Turkey. I want to thank Red Bull KTM for the great bike they gave me.

Name:Tom Vialle
Nation:France
Born:28.10.2000
Bike:KTM SX-F 250
Start number:28
Discipline:FIM MX2 World Championship
Mechanic:Harrison Norton
Career highlights:th 2019 MX2 Motocross World Champion, 2020 MX2 Motocross World Champion

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Tom Vialle

French rider Tom Vialle is taking the motocross world by storm after winning the MX2 world title in only his second season.

Tom Vialle is the latest super-talented young French motocross racer to take the sport by storm and secured the 2020 FIM MX2 World Motocross Championship crown in only his second season in the series.

Vialle got his first taste of two-wheeled action as a result of seeing his pro rider father, Frederic, compete in Supercross, which inspired the youngster to take up riding, too.

Fast forward to 2018 and Vialle had become a fully fledged rider with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team. The 18-year-old earned his place alongside world champion Jorge Prado on the factory KTM 250 SX-F after catching the eye with four podium finishes in the 2018 EMX250 European Championship, which included victory in the MXGP of Russia, and he continued his rich vein of form after that with even more impressive displays.

Vialle’s first season in the MX2 World Championship (2019) finished with a superb fourth place overall, which secured him the rookie of the year award. But from the start of the 2020 series it was clear that he was the man to beat in MX2 as he racked up no less than seven Grand Prix wins on his way to winning the MX2 world title, his first, at only his second attempt. We're certain there's more to come.

Name:RENE HOFER
Nation:Austria
Born:01.04.2002
Bike:KTM SX-F 250
Start number:711
Discipline:FIM MX2 World Championship
Mechanic:Sven Heidemann
Career highlights:2016 ADAC MX JUNIOR CUP WINNER 2016 EMX 85 European Champion, 2016 85cc FIM World Champion

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Rene Hofer

"Afyon" drew the MXGP series to the midway point with another outing around the fast, flat and modern facility located on the outskirts of the Afyonkarahisar. Hot sunshine and a light breeze guaranteed stable racing conditions for the hard-pack that was rutty and bumpy in sections and slick in others.

Jeffrey Herlings clocked his fifth Pole Position of 2021 in Timed Practice. The Dutchman now has more than double the next nearest rider. Herlings was part of a breakaway quartet in the first moto with holeshotting teammate Jorge Prado holding the lead for 4 of 19 laps until the Spaniard crashed at the beginning of Sector 2 and would remount to finish 21st. Herlings circulated behind Romain Febvre and with Tim Gajser in close company as Tony Cairoli made up a lot of time from 10th to join the trio by the last two circulations. As Febvre made a mistake on the final lap Herlings was there to seize the moment and won the moto from an energetic Cairoli by just half a second.

The second moto was more dispersed. Tim Gajser escaped Herlings’ attentions in the later phase of the race and Cairoli won a close duel with Prado for 3rd place. Herlings’ 2nd place allowed the 26-year-old to win for the second time this week in Turkey and move up to 4th in the world championship, just 34 points behind Gasjer and the red plate.

Jeffrey Herlings:
I started the day strong with Pole Position and it was important to be on the inside of the gate here, especially against Jorge! The first race was good, and busy! I could not really attack because I had Tim [Gajser] behind me and I had to defend my line but at the same time I had a bit more speed on Romain [Febvre]. It was so hard to pass on this track. I managed to hold second until the last lap but then Romain made a mistake and I had the win handed to me, so it was a bit of a gift. In the second moto I was looking for lines but again I had to defend and attack at the same time with Jorge and Tim. Tim was faster the second moto. I was struggling a bit with grip. The track got hard and slick and I had a few sketchy moments so at one point I decided to settle for second and minimize the risk. I knew I had the GP win, my 93rd. It’s been a good day and two good races here in Turkey. I want to thank Red Bull KTM for the great bike they gave me.