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2011 Glen Helen USGP: MX2 Results


FIM Motocross MX2

Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Ken Roczen obtained his second overall victory of the season at Glen Helen Raceway, California, Sunday.

After taking the MX2 USGP victory, he is now leading the Championship with 14 points advantage over his teammate Jeffrey Herlings. Roczen injured two fingers of his left hand during yesterday’s qualifying race, but that was not a problem for the German to dominate the Grand Prix.

His motocross MX2 teammate Jeffrey Herlings rode very close to Ken Roczen in both heats, but he is still missing some speed. The winner of the Dutch GP confessed that he needs to train harder on his starts and his speed to be able to beat his teammate Ken Roczen.

The third overall FIM Motocross MX2 position was for CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle, who finished tight in points with his teammate Max Anstie. Searle crashed on the first lap of race one and he then made a mistake with the tear off and he struggled the whole heat as he had to take off his goggles.

He was very disappointed with his fifth position in race one, but he then succeeded in being third in the second one and finished on the FIM Motocross MX2 podium.

His MX2 teammate Max Anstie ended third in the first race, after starting from the 20th position, but a mistake during the last laps of race two while he was fourth made him lose the third overall position and he finished fourth overall.

However, Anstie proved that he can be racing for the top three places and he is determined to race for his maiden GP podium next weekend in Brazil.

Home rider Zach Osborne from Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha team completed the top five of the MX2 class. It was a very tough weekend for the American; on Saturday he crashed during the qualifying race and he injured his wrist and today he got stuck on Marvin Musquin, who had crashed at the second corner of race one. In spite of being fifth,

Zach Osborne was the best American classified rider, so he won the Moates Cup for second year in a row.

The Finnish rider Harri Kullas did an excellent first race and he managed to finish fourth. However, he did not have a very good start at the second race and he had to catch up from an initial 21st position. Kullas finished eleventh and he got a solid sixth overall position.

His teammate Christophe Charlier finished seventh overall, followed by his compatriot Nicolas Aubin from KTM HDI MX Team. Ninth was Belgian Joel Roelants and his teammate Jordi Tixier completed the top ten.

Marvin Musquin was expecting to race again against his teammate Ken Roczen, but unfortunately he crashed in the second corner of the first race and he could only finish 19th. In the second race, Musquin started from the seventh position and he was able to end sixth. Marvin Musquin left the Monster Energy GP of the USA with an overall eleventh position.

Gautier Paulin had some problems with his Yamaha machine and he was only 13th overall. 14th was Arnaud Tonus, who finished seventh in the first heat but he was out of the second one after a big crash right after the start.

2011 Glen Helen USGP: FIM Motocross Results

2011 Glen Helen Raceway USGP – MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 43:17.168; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:13.326; 3. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:48.382; 4. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:01.455; 5. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:07.684; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +1:10.785; 7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +1:52.840; 8. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:56.851; 9. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +2:16.194; 10. Travis Baker (USA, Honda), +2:27.808;

2011 Glen Helen Raceway USGP – MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 42:56.413; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:36.739; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:01.005; 4. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +1:22.834; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:27.540; 6. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +1:40.946; 7. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), +2:07.188; 8. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +2:12.593; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +2:13.327; 10. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +2:29.423;

2011 Glen Helen Raceway USGP – MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 50 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 36 p.; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 36 p.; 5. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 30 p.; 6. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 28 p.; 7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 26 p.; 8. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), 23 p.; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 19 p.; 10. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 19 p.;

2011 Glen Helen Raceway USGP – MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 144 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 130 p.; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 120 p.; 4. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 90 p.; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 87 p.; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 81 p.; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 80 p.; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 74 p.; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 67 p.; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 62 p.;

MX2 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 150 points; 2. Kawasaki, 124 p.; 3. Yamaha, 110 p.; 4. Honda, 37 p.; 5. Husqvarna, 27 p.; 6. Suzuki, 6 p.; 7. TM, 1 p.;


On Saturday, home rider Doug Dubach went out with the victory, followed by Darryll King and Matts Nilsson. However, on Sunday the day started with very heavy rain and all the riders struggled a lot more than the day before. Matts Nilsson, current leader of the championship, obtained the second race victory and became the overall winner, followed by Doug Dubach and Darryll King.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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