KTM BACKS TWO SUPERCROSS COMEBACKS
KTM Australia is pleased to back two exciting comebacks in the leadup to this year’s Australian Supercross Championships - those of Daniel McCoy and Brenden Harrison.
The well publicised move of Daniel McCoy to the Motorex KTM team for this year’s Australian Supercross Championship season has now been formalised with signatures, and with significant testing already under his belt, the 2012 ASX Vice-Champion is excited and optimistic about his chances.
McCoy was left without a full-time ride in June and with the departure of Todd Waters to Europe to visit the final GP of the year, make connections for the future and represent Australia at the MXoN, the way was paved for this dogged campaigner to return to the saddle of a KTM, where he has spent a total of four years of his professional career.
KTM Australia first sponsored Queenslander Brenden Harrison back when his chosen mount was a KTM50SX, and after a long and fruitful association the national distributor is thrilled to support him via the Choice Motorsports team in his triumphant return from major injury.
Harrison’s nightmare couple of years has included two broken femurs (one that then required re-breaking) and a broken neck, but with an unquenched love for the sport and a never-give-up attitude he remained determined to target the 2013 supercross season for a return to competition.
Riding a two-stroke KTM250SX, Harrison has been allowed to build a little extra muscle to improve injury prevention, and currently rates his physical fitness at 100% and his bike fitness at 80-90%, but with three weeks still to go, he’s confident of being more than ready when those gates drop.
Daniel McCoy "I’m super excited. In my 11 years as a pro this will be my fifth year on a KTM and the new bike is unreal. I’ve done 16 hours on the bike on a supercross track already and I’m feeling more and more confident. We’ve tested well and got our suspension ballpark setting.
My whole career I’ve had ups and downs like anyone so to get the support from KTM is fantastic, and I was attracted to everything about the team; the guys, the bike, how professional they are and how bad they want to win. After coming second last year and racing in America this year I’m definitely more confident and hungrier than ever to get a championship. I’m itching to race. I’ve still got three weeks to wait and I’m actually counting the days!"
Rob Twyerould Motorex KTM Team Manager: “Danny had a couple of options for supercross and with Todd riding the MXoN it freed up the resources for a relationship with him. Over the years he’s done very well and in testing he’s looked very smooth and in control and really gelled with the bike so we’re looking forward to a fruitful relationship. He hasn’t ridden a KTM in a while but he loves this current one for the way it turns and handles. He rang me after he got it and said ‘…is this thing standard? Because it’s unreal!’ For us, we like his dogged determination and the fact that nothing fazes him. He’s probably got an advantage too in that while everyone else has been fighting the motocross championship he’s been concentrating on supercross so we’re hoping for a good result."
Brenden Harrison "I’ve been brought up never to give up. I’ve been back on the bike a couple of months now and since the start of the year I’ve targeted a return this series so I’ve been training full time for 4-5 months and riding supercross for the last month.
The backing of Jeff Leisk and KTM has been great. I’ve ridden for KTM Australia for all but two or three years of my career and Jeff has said to me all along that he’d back me when I came back. I’ve been loyal to him and he’s definitely been loyal back.Riding the 2-stroke is a strategic move. I’m a big kid and in the past I’ve had to starve myself to race at a competitive weight and I think it made me break more easily. It’s definitely better to feel fit, healthy and strong and I can’t wait to start racing again."
Anthony Giles, Choice Motorsports Team Manager - "I’m really looking forward to working with Brenden. After all his injuries his goal has always been to race the 2103 supercross season and his dream is coming true, he’s got the all clearances from his doctor and his trainer says he’s 100% fit. Jeff (Leisk) has supported him his whole career and with Brock (Winston) not doing the supercross season we have a bike and parts ready to go. He’ll ride the 250 two-stroke, since he’s got a bit of muscle on him. He’s a great kid so it’s great to be helping keep someone’s dream alive."
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