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David Knight returns to KTM

Two-time WEC and GNCC Champ on factory-backed team for 2010

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Dec. 01, 2009
Former World Enduro and Grand National Cross Country Champion David Knight will race for a factory-supported KTM team in 2010.

Knight will race for the Farioli KTM team in the World Enduro Championship in the E3 class. The signing reunites Knight with the manufacturer with whom he earned the 2005-2006 WEC E3 titles and the 2007-2008 GNCC championships. Though Knight will not be a member of the KTM factory team, he will receive KTMs backing.

Im extremely happy to be riding for the Farioli KTM team next year, says Knight. Knowing I will receive full factory KTM equipment, and be a part of what is a great team that I know well, means I'm really looking forward to the start of the new season. With the Farioli KTM team and support from my personal sponsors, I know I can re-establish myself at the top of the Enduro 3 World Championship. 2009 was a difficult year for me but I learned a lot and Im even more determined than ever to win more WEC titles.

David Knight had the most success in his career while riding KTM motorcycles.

In Nov. 2008, Knight was one of several high-profile signings by BMWs factory WEC team. Mid-way through the 2009 season however, BMW and Knight parted ways after several poor results.

The Isle of Man native returned to the U.S. to compete in the Snowshoe, W. Va., GNCC round, winning the XC1 Pro class, riding a Kawasaki machine. Knight also returned to the WEC series, winning the Enduro 2 class at the Sept. 12-13 season finale in France. Though he is returning to KTM machinery, Knight thanked Kawasaki for supporting him through the second half of 2009.

Id like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Kawasaki that has supported me during the second half of '09, especially everyone at the Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team, says Knight. Claiming victory in the Enduro 2 class at the final round of the 09 World Enduro Championship for Kawasaki is something that I am extremely proud of. Id like to wish Kawasaki every success in 2010. During the coming weeks and months Im going to be training hard during the winter both in the UK and in the States. I cant wait for the start of the 10 WEC series.