If we are honest, it wasn’t that long ago that KTM was a second tier factory here in the United States when it came to motocross and supercross competition. Although the bikes were good, and successful in Europe, KTM’s refusal to abandon its odd rear suspension system on its motocross/supercross models, and the resulting odd feel to riders most familiar with Japanese machinery, probably impacted its success in the States. Ultimately, KTM did win races, and even U.S. championships, but you suspected there was another level it could reach here.
If you thought KTM signaled its commitment to world-wide domination of the sport, including in the U.S. market, by its hiring of Stefan Everts to develop its new 350cc machine, and its decision to embrace rear shock linkage, then you won’t be surprised by the hiring of Roger DeCoster.
DeCoster assumes the role of KTM’s U.S. motocross/supercross manager for 2011. DeCoster is without question the most successful manager of this sort in history, both with factory teams and with his unmatched record at the Motocross of Nations. Expect KTM to sign new rider talent to work with DeCoster in 2011.