Although the news of Rockstar switching to KTM had been leaked last week, it is surprising to see the team at Pala Raceway on Wednesday testing with KTM, while the 250 riders are still on RM-Z250s. Photo: Dennis Stapleton
Press release: Bobby Hewitt’s Rockstar Energy Racing (RER) Team, is pleased to announce it has signed a three-year contract with KTM Motorsports for its team to race aboard KTM motorcycles in both the AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross Championship Series. The team will make its KTM debut on October 19, 2013 at the Monster Energy Cup.
President and team owner, Bobby Hewitt, expressed his enthusiasm for the announcement, stating, “As a satellite team, we will always be the little engine that could, but having the support of KTM is a huge advantage. We are delighted and grateful to race KTM motorcycles and eagerly excited for the opportunity to utilize KTM’s new Factory Services program. This will be a very exciting venture for our team.”
The KTM brand has had great success over the past two seasons capturing both 450 and 250 Motocross and Supercross class wins. Both KTM and RER strive to continue to improve the overall race results and exposure gained in professional racing.
Davi Millsaps’ 2014 KTM 450SXF. Photo: Dennis Stapleton
Through KTM’s Factory Service Program, which allows racers and support teams the opportunity to purchase the same engine and suspension components as the factory team, the RER Team will have the platform it needs to deliver the results that the team, it’s riders and it’s sponsors are looking to achieve. For 2014, RER will continue to support Davi Millsaps as its premier 450 Supercross and Motocross class rider. It will also field a two-man lites team with returning rider Jason Anderson as well as the 2013 Rookie of the Year, Joey Savatgy. The title sponsor will remain with Rockstar Energy Drink and the remainder of the 2013 season sponsors will return to support the team for the 2014 season.
Team rider, Millsaps, commented, “I believe with my team’s support and my dedication to training that I can win on the KTM. I am excited for this new opportunity and am expecting another great season as I contend for the championship.” His teammate, Anderson, added to his statement, explaining, “I raced KTM’s for my last few years as an amateur and really loved the motorcycles. I am happy with the team’s decision to switch to KTM’s and I feel the bikes will be a good fit for me this season. I hope to put the KTM on the box at the opening round in Anaheim.”