Rumor: Roger De Coster to take over reigns at KTM Supercross / Motocross in USA?
Will Roger De Coster manage KTM USA? Will Chad Reed be reunited with Roger De Coster?
This story is gathering steam, the first step in the process is to part ways with Suzuki. Read the press release from Suzuki:
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Thanks Roger DeCoster for 15 Years of Racing Together
Brea, Calif. – September 1, 2010 – The championship-winning Rockstar Makita Suzuki team and Roger De Coster will be parting ways after the close of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross season. De Coster has been Team Manager for Suzuki’s Supercross and Motocross efforts for 15 years, and together they have earned numerous titles and championships. De Coster will continue to lead the team through the final two rounds of the Motocross series.
The championship-winning Rockstar Makita Suzuki team led by Ryan Dungey earned the 2010 AMA/FIM Supercross title in May and wrapped up the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship last weekend at Southwick, making him the most successful rookie in Supercross and Motocross history.
For now, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team plans to focus on finishing off the 2010 season strong and celebrate the incredible year it has been. For 2011, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team looks forward to defending its championships with Ryan Dungey sporting the number one plate in both the Supercross and Motocross series. The team will begin the search for a new manager in preparation for the 2011 race season.
American Suzuki Motor Corp., the Rockstar Makita Suzuki racing team, Rockstar Energy Drink, Makita Industrial Tools, Yoshimura R&D of America, and all the sponsors of the team wish Roger the best in his future endeavors, and thank him for the great years spent together at the races.
“You can never replace an icon like Roger,” Yoshimura R&D of America Vice President Don Sakakura said. “However, with Suzuki and Yoshimura’s racing DNA still strong as ever, and with the core nucleus of the team staying the same, we are looking forward to defending 2010′s championships. Roger has made great contributions with Suzuki and certainly has the utmost respect, friendship, and our acknowledgement of a job well done. We wish him nothing but good luck in the future.”
We’ll see if Roger De Coster is going to KTM in their renewed effort to impact the USA market. Stay tuned with Supercross.com for the latest updates from this story.