Beautiful weather greeted everyone in southern California on Saturday, October 8, 2011. For a few of us, it was a beautiful day in another way, as we got to hang out with KTM at their North American headquarters in Murrieta. And, oh yeah … we got to hang out with KTM staff like Motocross / Supercross Team Manger Roger De Coster, two time World 250 MX2 World Champion Marvin Musquin, and KTM’s newest team member, 3-time AMA National Supercross and MX Champion Ryan Dungey, along with the rest of KTM’s great staff.
Ryan Dungey’s 2012 KTM 450 SX-F
Our day started with a press conference, introduced by KTM’s Communication and Events Manager Christy L. She did a great job in explaining that KTM saw potential growth in the supercross and motocross markets. 2010 saw a new line of products launched for KTM, in both the USA and Europe. Part of this result was the revolutionary KTM SXF 350, a bike designed and built with the influence of ten time world motocross champion Stefan Everts.
In 2011 KTM advanced again and made headlines by signing the legendary 5-time world motocross champion, Belgium’s Roger De Coster, as KTM’s USA Team Manager for Supercross and Motocross racing.
For 2012, KTM has made another step, bringing on a 450 class rider capable of competing for championships in that class in both supercross, and motocross. And that rider is the likeable 2009 AMA West Regional Supercross Champ, 2009 AMA 250 Lites MX Champ, 2010 AMA Supercross Series Champion, and 2010 AMA Pro MX class champion Ryan Dungey.
Team Manager Roger De Coster said, “I’m happy to join up with Ryan again. It’s been a dream of mine since I came over to KTM. At the end of this 2011 Supercross season, we started building the bike you see here today, the new 450. In the 250 Lites class, we have potential for winning next season with Ken (Roczen) and Marvin (Musquin). I believe it is now the same for the 450 class. I’m really happy to be working together again with Ryan.”
Ryan Dungey said, “I saw an opportunity to work directly with Roger and Ian (Harrison) again. I know Roger is going to do things 100%. I’m really looking forward to the future, and winning races and championships. I feel good about the switch. The process and everything that it takes to get ready for 2012 Supercross has already gone very well. As a rider, we are hired to win races and championships. KTM presented a great opportunity, and I’m very excited.”
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