For the 2011 Supercross and Motocross season, Red Bull KTM made a significant change in the offseason when they announced the hiring of Roger De Coster as Team Manager. Known simply as “The Man,” Roger brings his many years of experience to KTM, not only with his five world championships, but also as a team manager. As the team manager of Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Roger led Ryan Dungey to both the 2010 AMA Supercross championship and the AMA Motocross Championship in Dungey’s rookie season on the 450. De Coster ended the year as team manager of Team USA in the Motocross of Nations, in which USA took home first place with the team of Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard and Andrew Short.
Shortly after helping Team USA win its 6th consecutive Motocross of Nations, Red Bull KTM announced the signing of Andrew Short to the team. Andrew brings his years of experience to a team that is making big moves in 2011 and beyond. At the 2010 supercross in San Diego, ‘Shorty’ crashed in the main event and missed most of the remainder of the season due to a foot injury. Andrew came back towards the end of the series and finished the supercross season 12th in the points standing.
Short was able to bounce back from his injury as he went into the AMA Motocross National series. After a slow start to begin the outdoor series, Andrew was able to get on the podium six times, and ended the season strong with a 3rd overall finish in the points standing. He reunites with his Motocross of Nations Team USA manager, Roger De Coster, to team up with Mike Alessi.
In 2011, Mike Alessi makes his return to supercross, after sitting out the 2010 season to focus on the outdoor national series, where he finished 5th in the overall points standings. In that same season, when the FIM World Motocross Championships came to Glen Helen, Mike finished in second place right behind World Motocross Champion Antonio Cairoli. The last season Mike raced in the AMA Supercross series was in 2009, where he rode for Rockstar Makita Suzuki and was managed by Roger De Coster. Known for his fast starts out of the gate, Mike will be in his second year with KTM, once again with Roger as his team manager.
The 2010 World Motocross Champion, Tony Cairoli, will most likely make his AMA Supercross debut in 2011. He plans to race in 2 of the 17 rounds this season. Which 2 rounds has yet to be determined.
Andrew Short practicing at Cahuilla
All 3 riders will be riding the 2011 KTM 350 SX-F. Each bike is fine tuned for this level of racing, and they are also fine tuned specifically for each rider – primarily to make him more comfortable racing the machine.
- Engine type: Single cylinder, 4-stroke
- Displacement: 349.7 cc
- Bore x stroke: 88/57.5 mm
- Compression ratio: 13.5:1
- Starter: Electric starter/12V 3 Ah
- Transmission: 5 gears
- Carburetor: Keihin EFI, throttle body 42 mm
- Control: 4 V/DOHC with finger followers
- Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
- Engine lubrication: Motorex, SAE 10W50
- Primary drive: 24:73
- Final drive: 14:50
- Cooling: Liquid cooled
- Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch, operated hydraulically
- Ignition: Keihin EMS
- Frame: Central double-cradle-type 25CrMo4
- Subframe: Aluminium
- Handlebar: Renthal, Aluminium Ã˜ 28/22 mm (1.10/0.87″)
- Front suspension: WP USD ÃƒÂ˜ 48 mm (1.89″)
- Rear suspension: WP-Monoshock with linkage
- Suspension travel front/rear: 300/330 mm
- Brakes, front/rear: Disc brakes 260/220 mm (10.24/8.66″)
- Rims, front/rear: 1.60 x 21″; 2.15 x 19″ Excel
- Tires, front/rear: 80/100-21″; 110/90-19″
- Chain: 5/8 x 1/4″
- Main silencer: Aluminium
- Steering head angle: 63.5Ã‚Â°
- Wheel base: 1495Ã‚Â±10 mm
- Ground clearance (unloaded): 375 mm
- Seat height: 992 mm
- Tank capacity: approx. 7.5 liters
- Weight (no fuel): approx. 103.9 kg
All photos by Garth Milan. Courtesy of KTM.