News 4 Jul 2010

World MX: Nagl re-signs with KTM for two more seasons

German Max Nagl back with KTM for two more seasons in 2011 and 2012.

German Max Nagl back with KTM for two more seasons in 2011 and 2012.

The Red Bull KTM Factory Team announced on Saturday at Uddevalla in Sweden head of the MX1 and MX2 GPs on Sunday that their MX1 factory rider Max Nagl of Germany has signed to remain with the team for another two seasons.

Nagl, who together with Tony Cairoli and Rui Goncalves contests the MX1 World Championship for the Austrian factory team, is considered one of the most talented riders on the circuit and particularly known for his blitz starts out of the gate and for his courage on the track.

At the completion of his new two year contract for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Nagl will have been with the team for a decade, indicating a huge level of mutual trust between rider and team.

At the signing of the new contract Nagl, who has been riding since Germany with a pinned fractured collarbone, drew praise from KTM Motorsports boss Pit Beirer for his immense skill and sportsmanship, none more obvious than in his superb efforts on the track with his recent injury.

Claudio De Carli, who runs the Red Bull KTM MX1 team, was also generous with his comments for the German rider saying he was proud to have Nagl in his line-up of riders.

“Max is a rider who never gives up,” he said. “With the riders we have, we could never have a better team.”

Stefan Everts, the manager of the Red Bull KTM factory team said the intention was to work with Nagl towards winning the MX1 championship in the next two seasons.

Nagl, who rides the KTM 450 SX-F this season, will have the choice of either this bike or the new 350 SX-F to ride next season. The new generation KTM 350 SX-F is being ridden by team-mates Tony Cairoli and Rui Goncalves in the 2010 season.

“When it comes to the choice of a bike for Nagl, we have shown this season that we have nothing to prove with our 350-SX and he can choose the bike he prefers,” Beirer said. “He will try out the 350 SX-F in one round of the German National MX Championship so he can test it in a race situation, then he will make his choice.”

Despite his injured shoulder, Nagl was, in fourth place, the fastest of the three KTM MX1 riders in Saturday’s qualifying for the Swedish GP on Sunday.