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David Knight starts 2011 in winning style

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Making his first competitive outing of 2011 David Knight made sure of a successful start to the new season by claiming the overall victory at the inaugural running of ‘Eddy’s Extreme Race’ – a new extreme enduro organised by former World Enduro Champion Paul Edmondson and staged near Leeds, Great Britain. Finishing ahead of Dougie Lampkin and Greg Evans come the end of the event Knight lead each of the two one-hour races from start to finish and placed comfortably ahead in both outings.

The fastest rider during the morning qualifying session Knight needed no time at all to open up a healthy lead at the front of the Pro class in race one. Despite losing some time on the second lap when he gat caught up on a large tree root he extended his lead lap on lap and come the end of the race placed ahead of Dougie Lampkin, Tom Sagar, Paul Bolton and Greg Evans.

David Knight

Race two again saw Knight rocket into an immediate lead. With the track rougher and notably tougher than in the opening hour-long race David made sure he didn’t make any mistakes during the opening laps, fending off his closest challenger Graham Jarvis. Remaining out front Knight claimed the chequered flag three minutes clear of Jarvis with Lampkin third to claim a deserved overall win.

David Knight: ‘It was a really good day for me – great training and an enjoyable way to start the year off. I knew that it was going to be pretty hard work, but apart from a few falls everything went well for me. The first race went really well. I lead from the start and could see that I was opening up a lead so I just tried to make no mistakes. On lap two I got stuck on a tree root and must have lost about 30 seconds. I pushed hard after that and everything went well. I felt good and really enjoyed it. The second race was much tougher. The holes between the rocks were deeper and the rocks themselves were much more slippery. Whenever I started to really push I started going backwards. I found a good pace and settle down once I knew I was a few minutes ahead. The track wasn’t too hard, but there wasn’t really anywhere you could take a break. The format of two one-hour races was good because it wasn’t all down to just one result – you needed to do well on both occasions, which some riders weren’t able to do. It’s been a good start to the year and a really good event.’

Results – Eddy’s Extreme Enduro 2011 Pro class
Overall top three
1. David Knight (KTM Enduro Factory Team)
2. Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas)
3. Greg Evans (KTM)

Source: Global Motorsport Communications

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WMR Off Road Racing Announces 2011 GNCC Team

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Stuart, Fl. – WMR Offroad Racing is excited to announce that Nate Kanney has signed to compete in the 2011 GNCC Series for WMR Off Road/Clockwork/Planet Fitness/KTM racing team.

Kanney will race the GNCC series in the premier XC1 class aboard a KTM 450 SXF, and plans on also campaigning select National Enduro, National Hare Scrambles, and OMA National events. After a successful 2010 season aboard his factory FMF / KTM and a win at the biggest race of the season at the Snowshoe GNCC, Nate is motivated to win and is excited about his new team. A mid season injury last year took Kanney out of the championship hunt but has left him hungry for the 2011 season to begin.

Nate Kanney

“I’m training and working harder than I ever have, my new bikes are awesome, and I really feel like this is my year” said Kanney. “I met the guys from WMR last year when they were building motors for Chris Bach, and they helped him pull off a great season. After riding his bikes I really liked the way the motors felt, plus WMR was looking to build a satellite KTM team, so we got together and everything just clicked. I have also been fortunate enough to obtain early significant outside sponsorship from St. Lawrence Radiology, SUNY Canton, and Motofit Motorsports. With this group of talented and devoted people around me, I can relax and focus on winning races knowing I have a great team supporting me” said Kanney.

WMR Competition Performance is a KTM dealer and off road race shop located in Stuart, Florida. WMR has been building championship caliber bikes for top amateurs and pros since 1994. Team manager George Pollard will head up the team’s efforts together with Kristian Ortiz. Kevin Schuler from Clockwork KTM will also be a big part of the team, assisting with the GNCC program team handling many of the duties at select National events.

The team wants to thank all our sponsors:
FMF, Clockwork, KTM, KTM Powerparts, Factory Connection, Motofit Motorsports, St. Lawrence Radiology, Pod MX, Pirie Performance, Scott, SUNY Canton, Twin Air, Nytro, Renthal, TM Designworks,, Tireballs, MCC, Rekluse, Dunlop, Trail Tech, Motion Pro, Wiseco, Cycra, Spectro

For more information about the team contact:
Bob Brewster
WMR Competition Performance
7749 SW Ellipse Way
Stuart, Fl 34997
772-426-3000 / 866-WMR-RACE toll free

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Debut of KTM 350 SX-F in Supercross

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment
Debut of KTM 350 SX-F in Supercross.

Anaheim, CA – Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider Andrew Short earned a decent score at the opening round of the AMA Supercross Series with a 10th place result. His teammate, Mike Alessi finished a few positions back in 14th. However, the most impressive part of the night will be awarded to the KTM 350 SX-F which debuted in it’s first-ever AMA Supercross competition with both factory riders easily qualifying into the main.
Consistency was the word of the day for Short as he qualified 10th fastest in both of his timed practice sessions and ended his evening with a 10th place result in the main.
Both Short and Alessi were placed into the second heat of the SX class. Short started 7th around the first corner with Alessi back in 11th. Short maintained his pace throughout the eight lap heat and remained in 7th to easily qualify into the main event. Alessi picked up his pace in order to secure a few more spots working toward the 9th place final qualifying spot. That spot happened to be held by his brother Jeff Alessi. After following his brother for a few laps Alessi was able to make the pass for the final transfer spot on the last lap. “I had to make an aggressive pass on my brother to get into the main event, but that’s part of racing,” remarked Alessi.
When the gate dropped for the main event it was Alessi up front early. Alessi rounded the first turn in 3rd position. Short did not have as good of a jump but still managed a top ten start rounding the first turn in 9th place. After a few battles within the first lap Alessi had dropped back to 7th and Short to 10th. “I didn’t have the pace of the top few guys tonight and I fell back quite a few positions from my good start,” stated Alessi.
Alessi continued to hold off hard-charging riders for the first half of the race before he fell further off the pace. “I need to work on my fitness and prepare myself for longer races. I just returned from Australia where we were racing 5 to 6 lap mains and my conditioning is not where it needs to be to run inside the top ten.” Alessi eventually finished 14th overall.
Short dropped as low as 12th early in the race after a few mistakes but kept it together and continued to charge forward. On the fourth lap, Short passed his teammate Alessi to regain 10th and began to look ahead. He spent the remaining laps of the race closing in on the 9th place ride of Josh Grant but was unable to gain the position before the checkered flag.
“I struggled tonight. I felt off earlier in the day and wasn’t able to get to a point where I was riding where I knew I could. I am just glad to get the first round out of the way and am looking forward to an improved result in Phoenix,” recapped Short.
Next Race: Phoenix Supercross – January 15, 2011
Overall Results
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. James Stewart
4. Trey Canard
5. Chad Reed
6. Kevin Windham
7. Ivan Tedesco
8. Brett Metcalfe
9. Josh Grant
10. Andrew Short  – KTM  
14. Mike Alessi – KTM

Andrew Short
Mike Alessi
KTM 350 SX-F
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