Red Bull KTM’s new star in the high-profile AMA Supercross series shares his thoughts and opinions on what it takes to run with the best ‘Indoors’ and in the midst of one of the most popular motorcycle racing championships in the world.
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Friday night at Le Mans and the MotoGP paddock has finally quietened. Mechanics and staff are busy toiling in the claustrophobic pit garages and the odd bike engine revs in the distance. There might be an eight-hour time difference to the west coast of the USA but – in contrast our situation – the AMA Supercross series is on the edge of wrapping.
Being the R&D Manager at KTM North America is an incredibly important task, but one that Casey Lytle has grabbed with both hands and influenced with his years of experience. A former professional rider, test rider, and team manager, Lytle is well known in the industry. Now into his second year in his current role, during which time we’ve seen the latest SX range released, we caught up with Casey to get a take on all things R&D.
Two years ago, in the vast, dark confines of the Chase Field Stadium in Phoenix, Ryan Dungey was being swamped by hugs, backslaps and squirts of champagne. Then 23, Dungey – who currently leads the 2015 AMA Supercross Championship on his 2015 KTM 450 SX-F – gave KTM their first premier class win within the discipline. Why was triumph in the American arenas so important?
“I have a professional understanding and a professional training that allows me to do my job but I think my biggest strength is that I understand motorcycles and absolutely love them. I grew up around dealers, racing and the industry so I have a feel for it.”