News 22 Sep 2017

Raceline Pirelli KTM set for 2017 Australian supercross opener

Raceline Pirelli KTM press release:

The Raceline Pirelli KTM race team is preparing to head to the first installment of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship which will take place this Saturday night at Jimboomba in Queensland, with a strong presence in the talented SX2 category.

The team’s Supercross pilots for the opening round will include former Under 19’s Supercross Champion Jay Wilson and talented Western Australian rider Jayden Rykers, while Morgan Fogarty will sit out the season opener after suffering a training injury to his fingers.

Wilson, who is well experienced in the Supercross discipline shared that he’s been anticipating this Saturday’s event, and will draw on his experience racing the Arenacross internationally in 2017, with the hope to deliver the team with a positive result.

“I’m really excited for this weekend. With only having half a motocross season this year it’s going to be awesome to race a full series of the Supercross,” Wilson shared.

“At the beginning of the year I raced seven rounds of Arenacross in the U.K and I sort of feel like I haven’t stopped racing Supercross since last year, so I feel fit and ready for tomorrow.

“This weekend it’s about putting consistent results together and making sure that we get through safe and clean. I’ve had a great lead up to round one, so I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.”

For Rykers who relocated to Melbourne this year to aid in his Motocross and Supercross training, 2017 will mark his first full Supercross season, and has shared that he has specific goals that he’s eager to achieve.

“This weekend will be great, it has been so refreshing to be riding Supercross and having a different style of racing to work with. So in saying that I’m looking forward to seeing how the season unfolds as it will be my first season,” Rykers shared.

“The lead up has been great for me considering the weather is not so sunny in Melbourne. I have been fortunate to build a great Supercross base with the team, and have been on plenty of different tracks – I’ve also been able to build a little on my strength with the bike with the break from Motocross to Supercross.

“It’s always about the bigger picture and I’m not trying to focus on specific results I want to achieve, but more about personal goals. If I can qualify and build confidence, as the season goes on I will gain experience and we will have ticked many boxes.”

The first round of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship will take place at Jimboomba in Queensland, this Saturday night September 23.

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