Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rockstar Energy Racing to replace yellow with KTM orange

Rockstar Energy Suzuki has announced that they have signed a three-year contract with KTM Motorsports.  The former Suzuki mounted team has replaced yellow with KTM orange for the 2014 season and will contest the AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross Championship Series.  The title sponsor will remain with Rockstar Energy Drink and all of the supporting sponsors will be back for the 2013/2014 season.  Rockstar Energy KTM will make its debut on October 19, 2013 at the Monster Energy Cup, even more reason to get your tickets for the event.
According to the team owner, Bobby Hewitt  “As a satellite team, we will always be the little engine that could, but having the support of KTM is a huge advantage. We are delighted and grateful to race KTM motorcycles and eagerly excited for the opportunity to utilize KTM’s new Factory Services program. This will be a very exciting venture for our team.”  The Factory Service program allows racers and support teams the opportunity to purchase the same engine and suspension components as the factory team.
KTM has come a long way, thinking back when Grant Langston was the sole pioneer till now with Roger DeCoster and Ryan Dungey.  Overseas in Europe KTM is a powerhouse with world champions but here in the states they really did not shine until the last 2 seasons.  Dungey won the 2012 AMA Motocross Championship and numerous Supercross / Motocross class wins along with Roczen capturing the SX Lites title in 2013.
Rockstar Energy Racing will field a 3 man team, Davi Milsaps as the premier 450 Supercross and Motorcross class rider and a two-man lites team with returning rider Jason Anderson and Joey Savatgy.  Savatgy was the 2013 Rookie of the Year, Anderson raced KTM’s as an amateur and Milsaps had the best  SX season of his career so on paper this looks good.
This is great news for the sport, manufactures and fans – for the first time in years a non-Japanese brand is stepping up and really making a push.  Over the years the KTM motor has always been top of the line but overall the bike fell flat; with a great factory team and now a solid support team you may just see the orange bikes on the podium every round.

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