KTM Signs Roger DeCoster

Racing legend to manage KTM's AMA team

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Sep. 07, 2010
KTM has signed Roger DeCoster to manage its factory AMA racing team.

DeCoster, a five-time World Motocross champion, joins KTM after a 15-year stint as manager of Suzuki’s AMA Supercross and Motocross teams. Under DeCoster’s guidance, Suzuki captured four AMA Motocross titles and three AMA Supercross titles.

“The acquisition of Roger DeCoster to take over our factory team in the USA heralds a new era for KTM,” says Stefan Pierer, chief executive officer of 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.”

The signing represents a major step forward for the Austrian manufacturer. KTM has a strong pedigree when it comes to international racing but has not been able to match that success in the U.S. KTM currently has Mike Alessi and the newly-crowned 2010 MX2 World Champion Marvin Musquin signed to race in AMA competition in 2011. The team will also be using the new KTM 350SX-F in the 450 class.

“We are honored that we can welcome a man of Roger DeCoster’s credentials and stature into the KTM family,” says Pit Beirer, head of KTM’s off-road sports department. “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.”

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