News 11 Oct 2016

Raceline Pirelli KTM team announces return of Madden

Former team regular will fill-in for Kirkland from Toowoomba.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Raceline Pirelli KTM has revealed Jesse Madden will return to the team as a guest rider to fill-in for injured athlete Wade Kirkland from Friday night’s second round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Madden, who was a member of the Raceline team throughout the 2015 season, contested the opening round at Jimboomba as a privateer and spoke of his pleasure in re-joining the New South Wales based outfit.

“I have obviously known the Raceline guys for a long time now, and even after I stopped racing with them, we all still remained very close and they have helped me out a lot this year,” he said.

“When Wade got injured they gave me a call and offered me the opportunity to come and fill his shoes which I jumped at. It’s obviously hard racing as a privateer, and the Raceline guys are some of the best in the business, so I’m stoked to be back under the truck.”

The Queenslander has previously been racing aboard a KTM 250 SX two-stroke, however he explained that the transition to Raceline Pirelli’s KTM 250 SX-F four-stroke has been relatively seamless.

“I’ve been riding a KTM two stroke, but the transition onto the four stroke KTM has actually been pretty good, and I just can’t wait to get out on the track at Toowoomba this weekend, and do my best for the Raceline guys,” he continued.

Kirkland suffered a wrist injury while in preparations for Friday’s event, although his time on the sidelines is yet to be determined.