Robert Jonas works side-by-side with Pit Beirer in deciding a whole host of KTM’s racing strategy, particularly for offroad, so we sat down to ask what it was like in an often harsh world of plans, contracts and gambles …
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Las Vegas was a fitting final stage for the closest and most entertaining AMA Supercross series in recent memory and Ryan Dungey edged out a tight contest with Eli Tomac to reign supreme for the third year in a row with KTM and for the fourth time in his career.
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.
Watch an AMA Supercross Main Event and its now possible to spot three factory Red Bull KTMs in the premier 450 SX class. KTM boosted their 450 SX ranks for 2016 by giving 2015 East Coast SX Champion Marvin Musquin a path to ‘graduation’.
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?
There is little doubt on the positive effect that former world champion Roger De Coster has had on KTM North America since he was placed in a position of immense influence on the racing programme in 2011. After four years in orange and shortly after his 70th birthday celebrations we took five minutes of his time at the Motocross of Nations to ask for some perspective.
“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.”