KTM racer to make American appearance this weekend.
KTM Junior Motocross Racing Team rider Caleb Grothues will appear at this weekend’s Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, contesting the Super Mini class.
The 14-year-old will compete in the same event as some of the very biggest names in the world, despite the fact that he’s only started riding on supercross tracks and competing in the more compressed form of the sport in 2014.
Grothues, who won his fourth Australian junior motocross title a little over a week ago, left for the United States on Tuesday for the big money, standalone event which takes place Saturday evening.
Grothues will contest the Super Mini Class – a class not contested in Australia – on a KTM 85 big-wheel fitted with a 105cc barrel, but the Perth native got the chance to spend some time practising on a kitted bike at home in order to familiarise himself with the power spread.
“Dad set up a Super Mini for me to ride, so I could start training with one as soon as we got finished with the nationals,” Grothues said. “So I have been training really hard on that and we just did Bathurst Supercross, so I got some good some good race practice out of that one.
“Growing up I always watched supercross whenever I could and being able to go to the Monster Cup, which was my favourite one, is absolutely amazing to me. Especially to be able to race on the same night as the bigger bikes, in a big stadium and on a great track.”
Grothues’ shakedown came at last weekend’s Bathurst supercross, where he raced the 105cc kitted KTM to fourth against the 250cc four-stroke mounted juniors.