KTM SIGNS 2007 GRAND PRIX TEAM: RATTRAY TO STAY IN EUROPE

August 6, 2006
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The 2007 KTM factory teams for MX1 and MX2 will involve a total of four riders, two in each class.


Tyla Rattray will stay in Europe.

Jonathan Barragan will be joined in the MX1 set-up by David Philippaerts, while the recently announced Tommy Searle forms part of the MX2 crew with declare that Tyla Rattray (who had a year to go on his KTM contract, but had aid earlier that he wanted to race in America in 2007) two year deal.

“I will stay in Europe and ride in MX2 next year,” said 22-year-old Rattray. “KTM is keen for me to do it and my loyalty is with them. It will bring our association up to six years. I first came over here because I wanted to win a World Championship and it looks as though I will not be able to do that this year. We will try again next season and I am with one of the best teams and bikes to get the job done.”

David Philippaerts will move to the 450 class.

Philippaerts is racing in the MX2 class this season, but will move to MX1 next year. “I am happy to be going to MX1 with the team,” said the Italian who has claimed 6 moto wins and 4 overall victories in 2006 prior to the Grand Prix of Belgium. Philippaerts will start riding the 450SXF in the Belgium Championship next weekend. “I hope to do a bit of testing with the 450 in Belgium and maybe some other national races. MX1 will be exciting next year. Coppins will be fast and people like Ramon, Strijbos and Leok have experience in the class whereas for those like myself, Pourcel and Mackenzie it will be our first season in MX1. It will be tough but I am already looking forward to it.”

“According to KTM head of motorsports, Pit Beier, “It is great that Tyla has chosen to stay in MX2. Moving to the AMA would have made our American team stronger but we are delighted he will form a part of the MX2 World Championship effort alongside Tommy Searle because he is one of the top riders in the category. Our strategy for 2007 is to focus on two-man factory teams in MX1 and MX2 because we have learned our lesson from having too many riders. We want to give better and more support to our four motocross competitors and a smaller set-up allows this.”

“When Stefan Everts retiresat the end of this year the new generation will start in MX1 and we have two of the best young guys. Youth is the theme throughout both teams. Jonathan has done a much better job this year than we expected and David has performed very well in MX2. Under pressure he does not make any mistakes and he is ready to fight until the last minute which you do not see so much.”
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