KTM and McGrath Racing Inc. have signed a comprehensive four-year agreement that will see Jeremy McGrath campaigning the all-new KTM 250 SX in AMA Supercross and FIM World Supercross as well as other selected events in 2003 and 2004. The final two years of the agreement will see McGrath’s continued involvement in a capacity that is yet to be decided. Both McGrath and the KTM Racing Team will begin preparing for the 2003 Supercross Season immediately. McGrath Racing will field it’s own team under the title sponsorship of Bud Light and operate out of its own semi, but with full factory support from KTM.
McGrath says “I’m very excited about the relationship with KTM. They are definitely on the rise and I want to be part of making KTM a winner in 250cc Supercross. I’ve already started testing, I love the 250 SX, the power is incredible, it’s unbelievably light and I definitely think we can put KTM on top in 2003.”
“Adding Jeremy to our Supercross racing efforts is a Win/Win situation for KTM” said Rod Bush, President of KTM Sportmotorcycle USA. “Jeremy is a great champion who can still win races and titles. His experience and expertise will be a tremendous benefit to the development of our product line as well as our younger riders coming up out of the 125cc ranks. By choosing KTM Jeremy reinforces the prominence and credibility of both the company and KTM racing as a force in motocross.”
KTM Motocross Team Manager Ron Heben: “The McGrath Racing program is a total package. With the experience that Jeremy, Skip Norfolk (race tech) and Larry Brooks (McGrath Racing team manager) bring to the table, plus the support of Bud Light, the opportunities for success are endless. MC still has something to prove and with our new 250 SX Jeremy is gearing up for an eighth Supercross title.”
McGrath’s first appearance aboard the orange KTM 250SX will likely be at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas in October 2002.
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