Direct from KTM: KTM Motorsports is proud to announce the company will run an official Factory Motocross Team in the USA which will be directly linked to the Austrian headquarters in Mattighofen.
The team will receive corporate sponsorship from returning sponsor, JÃ¤germeister. Team operations will be handled by KTM Off-Road Racing Director Pit Beirer, and managed in the US by Team Manager Casey Lytle.
The new factory team will contest the 2010 outdoor AMA Motocross series with two team riders. Great Britain’s Tommy Searle will compete in the Motocross Lites 250 class, while well-known American rider, Mike Alessi will race the 450 Motocross class. With this move, KTM confirms 100% commitment to the American motocross market and US racing scene.
Currently, KTM Racing’s Research and Development Team is continuing preparations for a more successful motocross future based on further developments with the extremely competitive four-stroke racing machines. Through the start of the 2010 motocross series the R & D technicians will focus their effort on the company’s latest 250cc and 450cc models. Major activities will revolve around ongoing tests with existing bikes and other prototypes to ensure the Austrian manufacturer, known as the fastest and most innovative off-road brand, will continue to configure leading ‘Ready to Race’ motocross machines.
Supercross.com has heard rumors that Mike will be racing a 350cc machine. As will 2009 World MX1 Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli. And that it is possible Tommy Searle will race Supercross Lites. Only a rumor though.
And directly from the Alessi family: We have finalized our 2010 racing plans, and sponsorship for the upcoming season. The Alessi family is very happy to announce that we have successfully reunited Mike Alessi and the KTM motorcycle factory for the 2010 race season and beyond. During the 2005, 2006, 2007 race seasons, the KTM racing team guided Mike Alessi to his best ever race seasons, finishing in second position overall in all three years. The Alessi family is excited, and looking forward to once again working with such a power house team who will again provide the support and guidance needed to take on the challenges the new race season. Mike’s focus in the upcoming season will be the 2010 AMA Motocross Nationals, and selected European events beginning in February 2010 in Mantova, Italy.