McGrath & KTM

McGrath & KTM

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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Ron Heben makes it official today in Denver


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KTM’s 2003 Mile High Dealer Meeting was held in front of a SRO crowd at the Tech Center in Denver, Colorado. And dealers from all 50 states heard a very special announcement: Motocross Team Manager Ron Heben officially announced that a deal has been finalized between McGrath Racing and KTM for the next four years.



The next day, dealers got a chance to ride all the new models. Thunder Valley Raceway was used for the motocross and enduro riding, and Bandimere Raceway was used for the SuperMoto style of riding. Both are just west of Denver.



KTM shared some of their plans for 2003 and beyond: More Research and Development, more staff, a new 85 motocross bike for 2004, a 250 four-stroke supercross bike projected for release in 2005. More involvement in 250 supercross with Grant Langston and Jeremy McGrath. (Jeremy and Grant will debut the new 250 SX at the US Open in Las Vegas later this year.)



For 2003, in addition to their mini programs, KTM has five full size motocross models – the 125 SX, the 200 SX, the 250 SX, the new 450 four-stroke SX, and the 525 four-stroke SX.



Trivia: Most of you know Guy Cooper as a racer. But did you know he’s a RMS – Regional Sales Manager for KTM? It’s true! And be sure to check out the latest Sheryl Crow video called “Steve McQueen” – she rides a KTM!



Selvaraj Narayana – Vice President of Event and Racing Promotions KTM USA: It’s very important for our company to have dealers come to this show, to learn what KTM’s plans are for the entire year, and for the next generation of bikes over the next five years. The dealers can take the information they learn here, and then go back to their dealerships and share the information with their staff, and their customers. It’s also important for us to make sure we have all the information presentable for the dealers so they can share it.



2003 will be a very exciting year for us. We’ve got many new bikes, including the 85cc that we are currently developing, the new 250 SX machine, a new concept 125, oil injected minis, and many other updates.



Our goals for 2003 are to take the Amateur Program to the next level. That includes our sixth year with the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge. And that program helps bring a supercross experience to kids and their families, and they can keep those great experiences for a life time.



KJSC is very proud to have been the first to bring these minis to the forefront of the sport and industry. Who knows, maybe these kids will someday become a National or World Champion!



2003 will be the second year of our Amateur Program. We are at all the Amateur Nationals, and some of the normal Nationals in a support program, helping and serving those riders.



Joe Colombero – Media Relations Manager KTM USA: This multi-day dealer meeting is designed to educate our dealers as to what we have planned, as well as them helping to educate us.



We also have industry publications here, and we want to educate them as to what we have planned for 2003 and beyond, so that they can share that information with their readers. Their readers are more industry related persons rather than enthusiasts. Those include Dealer News, Motorcycle Product News, Power Sports Industry, and Parts Product Magazine.



In the consumer publications, we want people to know about our race teams, so that our ‘stars’ get better known. We also want to expose KTM thru movies, television, and celebrity cross promotions such as Sheryl Crow’s new video ‘Steve McQueen’. We will be doing more projects like that in the future.



Scot Harden – VP of Marketing KTM USA: 15 years ago was the first Dealer Meeting for me. We actually did two that year. One was in Ohio, one in California. Both were very small affairs. Both were in a small hotel business meeting room. Both had maybe 30 dealers attending. It was Rod and I making all the room reservations and organizing the entire thing.



The one in California, I remember our Demo Ride was at an illegal riding area. We went out and rode, and the I sat in my van in my riding gear, writing up sales orders with our dealers. We had brown paper bag lunches, along with a few sodas. Hard to imagine how far we’ve come in a short period of time!



Every year we’ve grown a little bit. Each year is bigger, more elaborate, and more of a show. And more dealers attend. This year we have over 70% in attendance, which is a very high percentage.



For 2003, we have lofty goals. We have plans for 20% growth. We have more support for dealers. More profit for dealers too. We have a Quality Management program in place. We have bigger plans for Entertainment Marketing as well, especially now with Jeremy on KTM’s.



I personally have assumed a new role this past year, and that’s being an Equal Partner in Global Strategic Planning for KTM. Four or five times a year I travel to Europe to interface with my counterparts there to develop direction for the company. It’s an exciting time for us.



Rod Bush – President KTM USA: Our goals for 2003 and beyond are simple. To be the market share leader in off-road motorcycle sales in the USA.



The process to work with Jeremy began with our Motocross Team Manager Ron Heben. Ron kept communication open with Jeremy over the past six months. He asked Jeremy ‘Could it be possible? Are you interested in riding for KTM?’



In the end, it came down to Jeremy actually riding the bikes. He liked them. That’s the bottom line.



The period of time between the possibility of Jeremy riding for us and it becoming reality was actually very short. Jeremy wants to win. He tested all the other bikes, and he felt that KTM was the motorcycle for him.





To view the official press release regarding Jeremy McGrath and KTM, please visit this link



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The 50 Junior

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The 65, ready to race

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Master of Ceremonies Art Eckmann

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Above the stage

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Brock Sellards and John Dowd

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Art Eckmann & The SX/MX Media Guru

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Dan Walsh, Art Eckmann

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Exhibit Hall

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Grant Langston

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KTM USA’s Joe Columbero and Scot Harden

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KTM USA’s Kelly

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Needs no description does it?

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Dad, can I have a KTM?

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Reception outside the hotel

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Rod Bush, KTM USA President

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Ron Heben explains the 2003’s

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This was the announcement – Jeremy riding KTMs!

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Sel from KTM USA

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Todd Jones – KTM’s Customer Service Manager

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Adventure 640!

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Demo rides on brand new bikes!

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Kristi Harden

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Sepp helped with the technical aspects

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Scott Cox & Billy Laninovich brought the house down with their rendition of ‘Boogey Nights’!

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SuperMoto

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The new 450 SX four-stroke!



Loretta Lynn’s 2002

Loretta Lynn’s 2002

The big winners included Suzuki rider Evan Laughridge, Honda rider Mike Alessi, and Honda rider Ryan Mills.



32 classes ran three 20 minute motos each. Past AMA National & Supercross Champion Jeff Emig returned to Loretta’s for the first time since he won as an amateur. He won the 250 Pro Sport title. Another winner was Kevin Walker, as he won his 7th and 8th titles.



Jessica Patterson won the premier women’s class. The mini women’s class was won by Leah Cantrell.







250 Open B Stock – Ryan Sipes – 1 -1 -1 – KAW

250/Open A/Pro Sport – Jeff Emig – 2-1 -2 – KAW

Women 105, 125, Up – Jessica Patterson – 1- 4 -1 – KAW

125 Stock 12 -15 – Davi Millsaps – 1 – 1 – 1 – SUZ

25 Plus Kevin Walker – 1 – 1 – 1 – YAM

250/Open C – Forrest Smith – 1 – 1 – 5 – YAM

65 Stock 7 – 9 – Landon Currier – 2 – 6 – 3 – KTM

105 Supermini 12 -15 – Matt Goerke – 1 – 1 – 1 – SUZ

250 Open A – Evan Laughridge – 1 – 4 – 1 – SUZ

125 Mod 12 -15 – Davi Millsaps – 1 – 1 – 3 – SUZ

Senior 45 Plus – Larry Witmer – 1 – 1 – 2 – HON

65 Stock 10-11 – Trent Pugmire – 1 – 1 – 2 – KAW

250 Open B Mod – Eric Nye – 3 – 2 – 3 – YAM

Vet 30 Plus – Kevin Walker – 2 – 1 – 1 – YAM

85 Mod 9-13 – Mike Alessi – 1 – 1 – 2 – HON

125 A/Pro Sport – Evan Laughridge – 3 – 1 – 1 – SUZ

125 B Stock – Sean Collier – 1 – 3 – 2 – HON

125 C Stock – Jonathan Camp – 1 – 2 – 2 – YAM

85 Stock 7 – 11 – Dominic Izzi – 1 – 3 – 1 – KTM

4 – Stroke – Robert Farnell – 1 – 2 – 1 – HON

85 Mod 14 – 15 – Joshua Grant – 2 – 2 – 2 – HON

Senior 40 Plus – Steven Burdette – 4 – 2 – 1 – YAM

125 A – Ryan Mills – 3 – 1 – 1 – HON

125 B Mod – Cole Siebler – 5 – 1 – 1 – SUZ

125 C Mod – Jimmy Albertson – 1 – 1 – 4 – YAM

Vet 35 Plus – Keith Bowen – 1 – 1 – 1 – SUZ

85 Stock 12 – 13 – Mike Alessi – 1 – 1 – 1 – HON

65 Mod 7 – 11 – Austin Stroupe – 1 – 1 – 1 – YAM

51cc 4 – 6 Oil Inj. – Cooper Webb – 1 – 1 – 2 – YAM

51cc 4 – 6 – Tyler McSwain – 3 – 2 – 1 – COB

51cc 7 – 8 – Justin Starling – 1 – 1 – 2 – COB





Thanks to Steve Bruhn





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Evan Laughridge and crew


Husqvarna in 2003

Husqvarna in 2003

It’s Husqvarna’s 100th anniversary! Here are a few photos. For more info you can visit their web-site Husqvarna





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CR 125




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CR 125




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SuperMoto!




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450 four-stroke




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450 four-stroke


Jeremy & Kim wed

Jeremy & Kim wed

I was lucky enough to attend. It was Saturday, August 3rd. Here’s a few photos.



Congratulations to both of them!





Mercedes





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Shaun Norfolk, Jeremy, Kim, Susi Norfolk




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The new Mr. & Mrs. McGrath




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Gabriele Mazzarolo, Jimmy Button


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