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FMF/KTM Race Report – The Titan GNCC

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

From ktm.com

Lafayette, TN – The FMF/KTM Team had an up and down weekend at the eleventh round of the GNCC Series. Up, from the result of two class wins by XC2 rider Kailub Russell and Women’s rider Maria Forsberg but down after Nathan Kanney crashed hard effectively ending his season.
RPM/KTM rider, Forsberg, was up first in the morning Women’s class. In typical fashion, she once again dominated the race. She earned her 10th win this season after crossing the finish line in 1st place 8 minutes ahead of her next closest competitor! Needless to say, Forsberg has secured the Championship in that class after 10 of 11 race wins.

In the XC1 class, teammates Kanney and Buttrick garnered decent starts. Kanney came out around 6th while Buttrick sat around 10th into the first corner. Kanney quickly moved his way up into the top three before having his first crash during the opening lap. He quickly remounted and went to work once again on the top five riders. On the second lap, he suffered another crash on the rocky course. Once again, he recovered – this time in 7th position. It was on the end of the second lap when he suffered a big crash that ended his race. Kanney hit a rock and got thrown over the bars hitting the ground hard and fast. The crash resulted in a broken wrist, ribs and punctured lung. Kanney was taken to the nearest Nashville hospital for further evaluation. It has been determined that he will be out for the remainder of the season.

Back in the racing action, Buttrick was sitting in 6th position and closing in on the top five riders. On the third lap, he was handed 5th position after fellow KTM rider and leader of the first lap, Chris Bach, suffered a crash. Bach would reenter the race with a broken finger to eventually finish 8th overall.

Once in 5th place Buttrick was able to close on 4th place rider Glenn Kearney and made the pass for the position on the fourth lap. Buttrick was able to pass into 3rd with two laps to go after current 3rd place runner, Thaddeus Duvall, crashed and ran off course. Half a lap later, Buttrick made a similar mistake and allowed Duvall to regain the podium position. With just under a lap to go the two riders were batting for the spot when Duvall made the final mistake and Buttrick moved around him. Buttrick would go on to finish 3rd behind the 2nd place ride of Charles Mullins and race winner Joshua Strang.

In the XC2 class, Russell, the current point’s leader and reigning Champion, was given the chance to prove just why he is the top rider in this class. Russell started near last after not being able to start his bike on the line and came up through the pack in an impressive manner. By the second lap, Russell had taken over the lead and never looked back. Russell would go on to take his seventh win this season and finish 5th overall in the combined results. Russell now leads the series by 22 points with two rounds left.

Russell’s younger teammate, Steward Baylor, had the early lead on the the first lap. While in the lead the 16 year-old rider crashed resulting in a broken brake pedal. Baylor returned to the pits to get it repaired and reentered the race in almost dead last. He came through the pack with amazing speed and was able to move up to 4th position. On the final lap, Baylor began to reel in 3rd place rider Jason Thomas. Baylor was all over him on the final section just barely missing out on the podium position. Baylor crossed the line in 4th place just 3 seconds behind Thomas.

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KTM signs Roger DeCoster to manage its US factory team

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

From ktm.com:

KTM, the market leader in offroad motorcycles has signed Roger DeCoster, one of the true icons of the sport of motocross to take over the management of the company’s new factory team in the USA. Work now immediately begins to prepare the team for the 2011 racing season in all of the major US competitions.

The signing of DeCoster represents a major step forward in vaulting the Austrian company into the global arena. KTM has already reached the top level of the sport in Europe and the World Championship GP series and will now also be a dominant force in US competition.

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer said the signing represented a new and exciting era for the Austrian-based company: “The acquisition of Roger DeCoster to take over our factory team in the USA heralds a new era for KTM. We now enjoy a worldwide network and we are a real global player. Roger DeCoster is one of the great figures in the sport of motocross and we are delighted that he has agreed to manage our new team. KTM is now “Ready to Race” in the biggest and most competitive motocross competitions in the world.”

Pit Beirer, who heads KTM Offroad Sports Department, said the signing of such a personality as Roger DeCoster completes the circle whereby KTM has great riders, has been enjoying unprecedented success with its latest motorcycles and now has team leaders in place that will make it a dominant force on both sides of the Atlantic.

Pit Beirer: “We are honored that we can welcome a man of Roger DeCoster’s credentials and stature into the KTM family. With him as the head of our new KTM USA factory team we will be a major force in the USA and Europe and we want to attract the very best American riders into our team. Roger has had a superb racing career and a distinguished and successful career in team management.”

Roger DeCoster was born in Belgium and is a long time resident of the USA. Known simply as “The Man” when he was racing, DeCoster was one of the sport’s most decorated riders. He was always admired for his smooth, controlled riding style and his late attacks on race leaders in a career where he won a record 36 500 cc GP victories. He was also a Gold Medalist in the 1964 International Six Day Trial, a four-time winner of the Trans-AMA series and won the 1964 Belgian Observed Trials National Championship. Since retiring from active racing, DeCoster has been a prominent managerial figure in the USA racing scene and has also managed Team USA at the Motocross of Nations.

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