News 2 Feb 2017

AUS-X Open podium a good way to go out for Marmont

KTM team management role prompts him to hang up the helmet again.

Image: AUS-X Open.

Australian motocross and supercross icon Jay Marmont has officially headed back into retirement from racing after being named the KTM Motocross Racing Team manager this week.

First retiring at the close of the 2014 season, Marmont then returned for the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship where he capped off his career with an impressive third-place podium finish on night one of the AUS-X Open in Sydney.

The 33-year-old, who has multiple MX Nationals and supercross crowns to his credit, impressed on his way to fifth in the standings and considered continuing into 2017, but will now set his focus upon the operations of KTM’s factory organisation.

“I got a couple of top fives and I was building towards a good result,” Marmont told, reflecting upon the result that saw him fend off Cooper Webb for position. “I came out there in Sydney and knew I had a fairly good chance because I felt good on the bike that week.

“To be honest, when I came across the line it was a really good feeling to cap off my career with a good result at Sydney. To have people chanting my name after the race, it just gives me something great to look back on and I guess cap off a really good career in racing.”

Marmont is aiming to apply the gritty determination he became admired for in his own professional career to the KTM Motocross Racing Team, placing his competitive energy into his team management role.

“I’ve always had the competitive side through racing and now I can continue that by going out there and being the team manager,” he explained. “I’ll be able to continue that same winning feeling through the riders and the team and I’m really looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Marmont will lead the factory KTM squad consisting of 2015 Motul MX Nationals MX1 champion, Kirk Gibbs, and returning teammate, Luke Styke, for the 2017 motocross season.