News 7 Sep 2016

World championship debut beckons for Ward

Queenslander to contest USGP aboard factory equipment.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Caleb Ward will make his world championship debut at Glen Helen’s USGP this weekend in the United States of America.

Announcing his attendance earlier this week, Ward confirmed that he will contest the event aboard a factory Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM, with the team’s resources at his disposal.

The Queenslander has been vocal about his intentions to race on the international stage, however an opportunity to do so was yet to present itself prior to this weekend.

“I missed out when the des nations team was picked and obviously I really wanted to get out there and show myself a little bit and hopefully get some experience and open some doors up for the future,” Ward explained.

“It’s been a massive goal of mine for ages to race a GP, and an opportunity like this doesn’t come around very often so I’m going to try and make the most of it.”

The 19-year-old will maintain his normal mindset leading into the event, despite it being one of the biggest races of his career.

“I’ll just treat it like any other race and go out and try to ride the best I can,” he added. “So hopefully I can do well and have some people notice me.”

“I don’t really know what I’m in for yet, but that’s the whole reason we’re going over, to try to get my feet wet a little bit, to see what it’s like and get an indication of where I sit in the world, and what I need in order to be racing against the best in the world consistently,” he continued.

The KTM rider will return home immediately following the Grand Prix as he will commence preparations for the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, scheduled to begin on 17 September, at Jimboomba, Queensland.