The KTM Racing Department with headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria has confirmed that British rider Jake Nicholls, who has recently re-signed for the Nestaan JM Racing KTM team, will receive support in 2013 with engine material from KTM.
Nicholls has just completed a great year with the Jacky Martens’ owned and managed team, a proven training ground for KTM’s future top riders. Jake finished overall fourth in the MX2 World Championship and scored a swathe of points in all but two individual races in the 16-round, 32 race series.
Team manager Jacky Martens said he expected a lot from Jake in the 2013 season. “Five of the top six MX2 riders have come through the ranks of my team and next we want to go for the podium. We want to go for the championship. It will be difficult, we know, because Jeffrey Herlings (KTM factory rider and 2012 MX2 World Champion) is unbelievably good, but we will try. Jake has only been one year in my team and we expect a lot from him next season.”
The 22-year-old Nicholls first stepped on a bike at the age of two and first raced at six. He raced his first Grand Prix at 17 years and as well as competing in the MX2 World Championship in 2012 he has also competed in the Dutch championship. He has competed for the British team in the Motocross of Nations in 2011 and has again been selected in the team for the 2012 edition to be held at Lommel (September 28-29, 2012).
Final MX2 Championship Standings 2012
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NL), KTM, 694 points
2, Tommy Searle (GB), Kawasaki, 651
3. Jeremy van Horebeek (B), KTM, 559
4. Jake Nicholls (GB), KTM, 443
5. Jordi Tixier (F), KTM, 434
Image courtesy KTM