KTM Expands Aussie Race Group


5 hours in the past | Phrases: Andy Wigan | Photographs: KTM Photos

The KTM Group has confirmed rumours that their factory-backed KTM Racing Group will area an expanded roster of riders for season 2023 in Australia. Right here’s a snapshot of the staff’s PR…

After making a welcome return to KTM in 2022, former Australian MX1 Champion, Kirk Gibbs, nonetheless has no scarcity of want to return to the highest step of the rostrum. Consistency and motivation have at all times been the Queensland-based racer’s key strengths and after a top-five lead to 2022 – together with three spherical podiums – Gibbs is decided to ship one other aggressive efficiency driving the new-generation KTM 450SX-F in 2023.

Within the MX2 class and outfitted with the 2023 KTM 250SX-F, Nathan Crawford is ‘Prepared To Race’ as he returns for one more shot on the ProMX Championship, having made a multi-year dedication with the KTM Racing Group. Crawford missed the majority of the 2022 ProMX championship with damage, however staged a spectacular late-season return that included three race victories, together with a double-moto sweep on the penultimate spherical. The Brisbane-based racer continued that spectacular kind into the 2022 Australian Supercross Championship, the place he completed third general within the remaining SX2 standings.

In the meantime, gifted younger Western Australian, Kayden Minear, additionally joins the KTM Racing Group for 2023 at solely 15 years of age, lining up for his rookie season within the MX2 division. After a breakout 2022 marketing campaign that noticed him emerge victorious within the MX3 class (and in addition with two Australian Junior Motocross Championships to his title), Minear is happy to see how he compares to the competitors when he joins the skilled ranks subsequent 12 months.

The 2023 Australian ProMX Championship will start on March 5 when the season drops the gates at Wonthaggi, Victoria, for Spherical 1 of eight scheduled.

Kyle Blunden (Motorsport Supervisor , KTM Group Australia): “We’re delighted with the KTM Racing Group we’ve assembled and have an important mixture of expertise, uncooked pace and rising expertise. Each Kirk and Nathan have proven they’ve the tempo required to run up entrance of their respective lessons, and Kayden has demonstrated he has what it takes to place a championship collectively. This calibre of rider, mixed with a terrific group of technical employees, is a really thrilling prospect. We stay up for working collectively over the summer season, together with a lot of our companions in preparation for the opening ProMX spherical in March 2023.”

Kirk Gibbs: “It’s superior to return with KTM for one more 12 months. We’ve got a number of historical past collectively and it’s nice that we are able to proceed that into the longer term. Truthfully, this staff seems like I’m house and it couldn’t be a extra good match for me! I’m trying ahead to a different nice 12 months with the KTM Racing Group and having the ability to construct on every thing that we’ve learnt in 2022, placing in a powerful pre-season and shifting up just a few spots within the 2023 championship standings.”

Nathan Crawford: “I’m tremendous, super-stoked to be again with the staff and signing a multi-year contract speaks volumes of how a lot I wish to be there and the way a lot religion KTM places in me as a racer. I’ve received such a superb relationship with everybody concerned and I couldn’t ask for a greater place to be. So far as my expectations go, we solely have one objective and that’s to win. We wish to be constant, be up there each weekend with none accidents and have enjoyable – if we are able to tick all these containers, we must always be capable to obtain our targets. I wish to deal with the duty at hand, and that’s having a profitable 2023 season.”

Kayden Minear: “I’m actually excited to be with the KTM Racing Group for 2023. I’ve been with KTM since I raced 50s and, in my view, they’re the very best bike in each side of motocross. MX2 goes to be an important step up for me, as I at all times wish to enhance and progress my racing. I’m actually trying ahead to the problem and can put in as a lot coaching as I can through the pre-season, so I’m one hundred pc prepared for Wonthaggi.”