Roger and the gang at Anaheim last year.
Press release: Even though Roger DeCoster, team manager of the Red Bull KTM Factory Teams in the USA, had a valid contract through to the end of the year, the course for the future was settled a few days ago when his cooperation with the factory team was extended to 2016.
Pit Beirer, head of KTM Motorsport hired Roger De Coster, five-time Motocross World Champion from Belgium in 2011 to manage the company’s U.S. factory team. One year later De Coster brought his protege Ryan Dungey into Red Bull KTM lineup. The team celebrated its first victory, and KTM’s first in the big class of the Supercross World Championships in the second race of the season at Phoenix. The year concluded with an impressive performance and title victory by Dungey in the U.S. Motocross Championship.
Pit Beirer, Roger De Coster and Robert Jonas at the signing ceremony.
KTM Head of Motorsports Pit Beirer said, “Roger had a valid contract from KTM but it was the wish on both sides to extend it before it was due to secure stability in the coming years. The contracts with all other team members were also extended as well as new infrastructure, workshops and team truck.”
Roger De Coster said: “The job continues to be fun for me and to work with KTM is very refreshing. It’s easy to get things done, decisions are made quickly and I can have a lot of influence on the team and the bike. It is our goal to fight for the title in both Supercross and Motocross – ideally in the future also with two factory riders per class.”