GLENN COLDENHOFF TO RACE A GAS GAS IN THE 2020 450 MXGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Joachim Sauer, KTM’s Offroad Product manager, revealed in an interview in Enduro Magazine that KTM’s 2020 race strategy for Gas Gas, which KTM just recently purchased a controlling 60% interest in, is hiring Taddy Blazusiak for Enduro, Laia Sanz for Dakar and Glenn Coldenhoff for the 450 World Motocross Championships.
Although this may seem like a risky move for Glenn Coldenhoff, who was very hot at the end of the 2019 450 World Championships, it is a given that future Gas Gas motocross, enduro and Dakar bikes will be built with KTM’s proven platform sharing strategy. That means, KTM frames, WP suspension and KTM engines.
The Gas Gas press release said, GasGas will make a historic inaugural step into MXGP courtesy of an alliance with the Standing Construct squad, expand their presence and competitiveness in Rally thanks to linking up with high profile record-setter Laia Sanz and host the multi-title winning talents of Taddy Blazusiak in the arenas of Enduro and Extreme Enduro. Significantly ‘Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing’ is the very first works Motocross Grand Prix team for the marque and boasts the exciting combination of Glenn Coldenhoff and Ivo Monticelli on MXGP machinery in 2020. Coldenhoff secured third position in the 2019 MXGP standings and has owned his class in the last two editions of the FIM Motocross of Nations. Monticelli impressed in his second term in the premier division in 2019 to fill eleventh spot in the championship.
Glen Coldenhoff said, “My team manager called me and told me about the opportunity for us to ride with Gas Gas and right away I was really honored. To reach the status of a factory team is a reward for all their hard work and professionalism. It is a really big step for the team; to have a factory behind you with all their support and resources. I am really looking forward to continue working with this great group of people at Standing Construct, and I am super-honored and motivated to represent this new brand in the MXGP class.”
Stefan Pierer has also said that Husqvarna will entered the American Flat Track Twins class in 2021 (they currently race the AFT singles class) and in World Trials Championship (with a Gas Gas rider).