Red Bull Teka KTM Factory racing’s four-time world champion Antonio Cairoli will begin his title defense, but the competition is fierce. Belgian riders Clement Desalle, David Philippaerts and Max Nagl are just a few names that will try to stop Cairoli’s dominance in the MX1 class, not to mention that the return of Ben Townley to the series will spice up the MX1 title chase this year.
Steve Ramon will race one more year for Suzuki and will try to improve his fifth place from 2010. David Philippaerts finished fourth in the MX1 World Championship last year and now he is looking forward to improving his performance in the series. He has high hopes to be on the podium this weekend in Sevlievo after having missed it in the last two years.
In the MX 2 class, German Ken Roczen is the favorite for the MX2 crown. However, Jeffrey Herlings, Gautier Paulin or Arnaud Tonus may spoil his dreams or make his run for the title harder. Roczen will ride this year on a new bike, a KTM machine, and will have all the reasons in the world to prove to the team that their efforts to develop the bike have paid up.
2010 MX2 World Champion, Marvin Musquin, will not take part in this year’s Championship, as he decided to chase his American Dream.
Roczen’s new teammate, Jeffrey Herlings, will start this weekend his second season in the MX2 class. He’s main goal is to be on the top of the podium and improve his fourth overall position from last year. Jeremy Van Horebeek is also joining Herlings in the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2 team.