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MOTOREX Racing Report 2013 EN

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EDITORIAL Why do you

EDITORIAL Why do you think our partners swear by us? Dear readers, I have just returned from Valencia and the last race in the 2013 season. It was also one of the most exciting. Two titles still had to be decided, and things hung in the balance until the last lap. Such is the fascination of motorbike racing: top-quality competition that lasts all year, over 17 races, and titles are decided on the final curve, in the last minute of the last race. It’s almost as good as a Hollywood screenplay. At Valencia, we were anxious about the outcome in the Moto3 class. Ahead of the race, there were three contenders for the title, each of whom needed to win. And when all was said and done, we and our partner came third. But in such situations, we stand by our partners and look ahead to the coming season. «7 world champion titles, 9 national champion titles, 2 runners-up titles and 7 third places. 38 podium positions in the final rankings!» 2013 proved to be another successful season for us. In the Moto 2 category of the MotoGP World Championship, Pol Espargaro and the Tuenti HP 40 team brought Motorex its best-ever road racing title. Tony Cairoli won his seventh motocross world champion title in the MX1 class, while Jeffrey Herlings took his second motocross MX2 title in succession. The world championship score sheet is rounded off by four enduro titles in the E1, E3, Youth und SuperEnduro classes. On the other side of the world, Ken Roczen brought home his first supercross SX title in the Lites class, and in the US motocross scene, we underscored our dominance in supercross and motocross with two second places and two third places. Toward the end of the year, we extended our partnerships with several teams by additional years. These included an extended cooperation agreement with KTM, which now includes sports cars in the form of the KTM X-Bow and Motorsport Factory Service. This confidence in Motorex products and the positive feedback on our trust-based partnerships provide new and additional impetus as we look ahead to the coming exciting seasons in motor sport. I hope you will find our racing report a pleasant way to bridge the gap until the new season starts. Yours sincerely, Ronald Kabella Director Powersports 2

MOTOCROSS Photos:©KTM Images / S.Taglioni / R. Archer Fifth MX1 World Championship in a row for Antonio Cairoli: THE RECORD HUNTER The 2013 MX1 World Championship can be summed up in one sentence: 25 motocross riders line up for the start, and in the end Antonio Cairoli wins. The Italian from the Red Bull KTM factory team defended his world championship title once again. Since 2009, the premier class champion has always been called Tony Cairoli. This was his fifth world championship title in a row and the seventh in his career. Although Cairoli is only 28 years old, he has long been one of the greatest motocross riders ever, and there is no end in sight for his string of successes astride his KTM 350 SX-F. The only time he was not at the head of the world championship table in 2013 was right at the start of the season, on the floodlit track in Qatar. But the KTM star took the lead with the first of his nine Grand Prix victories, never gave it back, and celebrated his successful title defense in the UK three races before the end of the season. Cairoli has won 63 Grand Prix races in his career so far, advancing this year to second place in the all-time winners’ list. Only Stefan Everts has won more Grand Prix races in motocross history than the Sicilian. At the end of the season, Cairoli also led Team Italia to the podium with wins in two races in the Motocross of Nations. And his hunger is far from satisfied. At the first Grand Prix of the year, Cairoli prematurely extended his contract with KTM through to the end of 2016! 3



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