Josiah Natzke secures five-year KTM Racing deal in Europe.
KTM Racing has announced the signing of promising young New Zealand racer Josiah Natzke for a five-year period. He will race for the KTM Factory Juniors from 2015 and will initially contest the European Championship EMX125.
Natzke, who was first seen in Europe in the summer of 2014 at the Junior Word Championships is the youngest ever 125cc open class New Zealand champion, winning the title earlier this year at only 15.
He will travel to Europe in March to join Stefan Everts’ KTM Factory Juniors and will begin competing in the EMX from mid-April.
“We first saw him in the summer of 2014 and we could see he had good potential, even if he was not completely fit as a result of some injuries,” Everts said. “New Zealand has produced some very good motocross riders and we’re looking forward to having him in the Junior Factory Team.”
Speaking by phone from New Zealand, Natzke said the contract to ride for the KTM Factory Juniors was a huge opportunity.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “It will be a big change for me to compete in Europe and to be moving there for the competition.”
Natzke, who will be based in Belgium for the duration of the European EMX 125 championship is currently at home preparing for the four-round New Zealand Motocross Championship, where he will race in both the 125 and 250cc class competitions.
Riders in the EMX 125 European Championship will race an eight-round competition beginning at Trentino, Arco di Trento, in Italy on 19 April.