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KTM signs Roger DeCoster to manage its US factory team
7 September 2010, 5:17 am

    From  KTM

KTM,  the market leader in offroad motorcycles has signed Roger DeCoster, one of the  true icons of the sport of motocross to take over the management of the  company's new factory team in the USA. Work now immediately begins to prepare the  team for the 2011 racing season in all of the major US competitions.

The  signing of DeCoster represents a major step forward in vaulting the Austrian  company into the global arena. KTM has already reached the top level of the  sport in Europe and the World Championship GP series and will now also be a  dominant force in US competition.

KTM CEO  Stefan Pierer said the signing represented a new and exciting era for the  Austrian-based company: "The acquisition of Roger DeCoster to take over  our factory team in the USA heralds a new era for KTM. We now enjoy a worldwide  network and we are a real global player. Roger DeCoster is one of the great  figures in the sport of motocross and we are delighted that he has agreed to  manage our new team. KTM is now "Ready to Race" in the biggest and  most competitive motocross competitions in the world."

Pit  Beirer, who heads KTM Offroad Sports Department, said the signing of such a  personality as Roger DeCoster completes the circle whereby KTM has great  riders, has been enjoying unprecedented success with its latest motorcycles and  now has team leaders in place that will make it a dominant force on both sides  of the Atlantic.

Pit  Beirer: "We are honoured that we can welcome a man of Roger DeCoster's  credentials and stature into the KTM family. With him as the head of our new  KTM USA factory team we will be a major force in the USA and Europe and we want  to attract the very best American riders into our team. Roger has had a superb  racing career and a distinguished and successful career in team  management."

Roger  DeCoster was born in Belgium and is a long time resident of the USA. Known  simply as "The Man" when he was racing, DeCoster was one of the  sport's most decorated riders. He was always admired for his smooth, controlled  riding style and his late attacks on race leaders in a career where he won a  record 36 500 cc GP victories. He was also a Gold Medalist in the 1964  International Six Day Trial, a four-time winner of the Trans-AMA series and won  the 1964 Belgian Observed Trials National Championship. Since retiring from  active racing, DeCoster has been a prominent managerial figure in the USA  racing scene and has also managed Team USA at the Motocross of Nations.

Source: Inside MotoX and Off Road

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