INTRODUCING KTM'S 'MAGNIFICENT NINE'
Red Bull KTM Ajo – KTM
Sandro Cortese #11
Alessandro "Sandro" Cortese, a German racer of Italian origin was born in
Ochsenhausen, Germany on January 6, 1990. He made his MotoGP debut in 2005 in the 125 cc class. In 2009 he celebrated his first podium with the Finnish Ajo Motorsport team and was sixth in the championship. Sandro took two podiums in 2010 and was seventh overall. His first GP victory was in 2011 at the Czech GP and he was fourth at the season’s close.
Danny Kent #52
Danny Kent made his first track appearance in 2001 at the age of 8. Born in Wiltshire, UK on November 25, 1993, he came up through the ranks of the Red Bull Rookies Cup where he finished second in 2010. Danny rode in a handful of GPs in 2010 as a wildcard entry and in 2011 won a place in the 125 cc class for Ajo Motorsport.
Arthur Sissis #61
Australian Arthur Sissis showed up on the racing radar screen in 2011 in his second season of the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Born in Adelaide, Australia on July 15, 1995 he first raced at aged 7, winning many junior titles in a range of riding disciplines. He was first selected for the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2009. In 2011 he was a podium regular and challenged Lorenzo Baldassari for the title in the final race. His efforts clinched him a place in the Red Bull KTM Ajo team for 2012.
AirAsia-SIC-Ajo – KTM
Muhammad Zulfahmi Khairuddin #63
Muhammad Zulfahmi Khairuddin was born in Selangor, Malaysia on October 20, 1991. He has been racing in the MotoGP class since 2009 debuting at home in the GP of Malaysia as a wild card entry. His first full season was 2010 where he had a top 15 finish in Brno, Czech Republic. In 2011 he earned 30 world championship points and was overall eighteenth at the end of the season.
TT Motions Event Racing – KTM
Niklas Ajo #31
Niklas Ajo was born in Valkeakoski in Finland on July 10, 1994. A regular title winner in junior championships, he was selected for the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2008, which he balanced with competing in the Finnish 125 cc Championship. In 2009 he made history as the youngest ever rider to win a national title and in 2010 he rode in the Spanish National Championship. Niklas made his debut in the 125 cc class of MotoGP in 2011 and had 15 starts.
Aspar Team Moto3 – KALEX-KTM
Alberto Moncayo #23
Spanish rider Alberto Moncayo, born in Cadiz on July 23 1991, came through the ranks of the Spanish Championship to first ride as a MotoGP 125cc wild card entry in 2008 in Jerez. In 2009 he returned to ride in four GPs and his performance won him a permanent ride in 2010. He finished thirteenth overall and was named Rookie of the Year. He scored his first podium in Brno in 2011 and was tenth at the close of the season.
Hector Faubel #55
Spanish rider Hector Faubel will race his twelfth MotoGP season in 2012. Born in Llíria on August 10, 1983, he had his first GP ride in Spain in 2002 in the 250cc class. He stayed in this category for three seasons and then rode 125cc in 2005, going on to win his first 125 GP in Turkey in 2006. He has won a total of eight career GPs, all in 125cc. Faubel will be one of the most experienced riders in the new Moto3 class.
RW Racing GP – KALEX-KTM
Brad Binder #14
South African Brad Binder, born in Potchefstroom on August 11, 1995 is a former Red Bull Rookies Cup rider and has had a very successful career in national competition. In 2010 Brad took three Rookies podiums and finished fifth overall. His star moment came in Estoril in 2011 when he won the Red Bull Rookies race from pole to flag by a margin of 15 seconds. That year he also rode his first 125cc GP replacing the injured Louis Salom of the RW Racing GP team.
Luis Salom #39
Born in Palma de Mallorca in 1991, Luis Salom is a graduate of the Red Bull Rookies Cup competition where in 2008 he missed taking the title by just four points and was also runner-up in the Spanish National Championship. He rode 12 GPs in 2009 with the WRB team and was twelfth overall in his first full season in MotoGP 125cc in 2010. In 2011 he was second in the Dutch and Australian GPs and finished the season in eighth place.