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Mixed fortunes for the KTM riders

Mixed fortunes for the KTM riders

Mixed fortunes for the KTM riders

It was another bittersweet weekend for the Red Bull KTM at Assen, as Gabor Talmacsi won his second race of the season for the team with a thrilling last lap victory in the Gauloises TT Assen but as Talmacsi celebrated his Finnish teammate Mika Kallio was nursing a sprained and swollen right ankle after crashing out at 200 kph just four laps from the finish.

By not finishing Saturdays race Kallio dropped to fourth in the world championship standings; while Talmacsi moved to joint first place on 100 points, level with Mattia Pasini. Talamcsi is the first Hungarian rider ever to lead the World Championship.

It was a very tough race and to be sharing the lead in the championship is very rewarding, both for me and the KTM team, commented Talmacsi. I was fast all weekend and from the start of the race I tried to stay in the top three positions. On the last lap when Simoncelli crashed I just closed the line in the final chicane, I thought some riders would try to pass me. Im not thinking about the championship, there are still many races, but anything is possible.

On lap fourteen, Kallio was in fourth place when he ran wide in a fast left-hander during a tight passing move with Luthi.

I was in a big group for the fast left-hand corner - its 200 kph, explained the Finn. As I began to turn, Luthi came on the inside and I had to lift my bike and then try and turn again but I ran wide and onto a dirty part of the track and then lost the front. I was comfortable running at the front and was waiting for the final two laps to try and make a break for the lead.Team director Harald Bartol commented: Im very happy for Gabor and sad for Mika the same feeling as Mugello. Both Gabor and Mika raced very well and it was pity Mika crashed, but thats racing. This was a real race, absolutely incredible, and Im proud that a Red Bull KTM bike was able to win a race like this. It is a great reward for all the hard work done by the team.


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