Dean Ferris has been signed to race for the US 2014 Red Bull KTM Factory Team. The 23 year old Australian completes the four-man line-up together with American Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen of Germany and French rider Marvin Musquin.
Dungey returns to ride for his third season on the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition motorcycle. Roczen will also ride the KTM 450 bike as will other KTM support teams.
“Next year’s competition is going to be tough with several young, fast and talented riders entering the 450 class,” commented Dungey. “The competition is strong, which pushes us all to step up and ride faster. This will be my third season with Red Bull KTM and KTM is pushing to win a US Supercross Championship. My goal will be to win as many races as possible and consistently finish on the podium to work toward earning that title.”
The 2014 Supercross Series will mark Roczen’s first full-time jump to the 450cc bike. Roczen has raced the KTM 350 SX-F at select Supercross rounds in the past but moves up to the 450 SX-F Factory Edition for the approaching season.
Roczen: “I’m really looking forward to stepping up to the 450 in both Supercross and Motocross classes next year. I feel really good riding the bigger bike. I know the competition will be tough but my goal is to battle up front each week. I’ve changed a lot of things in my program so I can run up front.”
Musquin will return to the 250 SX class racing the East Supercross Series. Musquin earned four wins during the 2013 season and finished second in the overall point standings. “My focus is 100% to win the 250 SX title next year. In 2012, I finished the West Coast series third and last year I came really close to winning with the championship only decided at the final race. I was second and now I won’t be content unless I win it next year!”
Joining Musquin in the 250 SX class is newcomer Dean Ferris. The 23 year-old Australian raced in the European MX GP Series the past two seasons and rounded his 2013 season out with an MX2 Series race win followed by a standout performance for Team Australia at the Motocross des Nations event in Germany. Ferris will contest the 250 SX West Supercross Series followed by the 250cc Motocross Championship aboard the KTM 250 SX-F.
“It’s always been my dream to race in the U.S and I’m really excited about being given this opportunity with Red Bull KTM,” says Ferris. “I’m especially excited about getting the chance to learn from Roger DeCoster and work alongside Dungey, Roczen and Musquin. I have a lot of learning to do so I couldn’t ask for a better, more experienced group to guide me through my transition into the US racing circuit.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager, Roger DeCoster said he was excited about the team line-up. “With such a talented group of riders; Ryan and Ken both contesting the 450 competition and Marvin joined by Dean in the 250 competition, I really think 2014 is going to be an exciting year for KTM. Ryan and Ken have both made a lot of changes to their personal programs to put them in the best possible place both mentally and physically heading into the start of Supercross season.”
DeCoster continued, “I’m really glad we were able to add a fourth rider to the squad. With Ken moving up, it’s good for Marvin to have a teammate to train alongside as he works toward finishing one better and winning the East Coast SX title. I was very impressed with Dean’s speed at the Motocross des Nations this year and I’m interested to see what he can do in the outdoors. Having only just arrived in the US a month before the start of the Supercross season, the upcoming series will more or less be a learning season for him with higher expectations for 2015.”
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