French world MX2 champion Marvin Musquin has signed with KTM to race the 2011 and 2012 World Supercross Championship and AMA Nationals.
As the announcement was being made, Musquin was already opening the defence of his world championship title with a double victory in Bulgaria, proof that he’s still top of his game and sure to be a threat to the Americans starting next season.
In announcing the contract, KTM Offroad Racing director Pit Beirer said the company was extremely happy to have secured Marvin’s services for another two years. “We have confidence in him and he has confidence in us,” Beirer said at the Bulgarian GP.
“We had the great news this weekend that Marvin is to stay with us for the next two years and ride in the USA so this will be his last season in Europe for the moment – but maybe the beginning of a big future for us in America. America is watching what we are doing in Europe and it was be great to follow the same success story in America,” Beirer said.
“By signing Marvin to ride in the USA, KTM is announcing its intention to build up a new structure in the USA. This is our first milestone in a program that is designed to steer us into being real contenders in the US competition. We consider it as a very strong and positive move.”
“Marvin shows a lot of mental strength as well as his obvious skills on his KTM. He had some difficult moments last season due to changing teams half way through the season, but he treated all this with maturity and he went on to win the title. He’s in love with his KTM bike this year and I believe he can do very well for us in the US competition,” Beirer said.
Musquin put his name to the contract this weekend, saying later: “This is great for me and for KTM. I hope to be on top in the USA. It’s a dream for me to ride in the USA and also a dream to stay with KTM.”
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