News 26 Feb 2021

KTM outlines 2021 national support program and junior team

Talented young roster announced in addition to factory team riders.

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KTM Group has announced its national support riders and junior team for the 2021 season, featuring a selection of the country’s finest young talent and further showcasing the brand’s commitment to developing the next generation.

In addition to the previously-announced factory effort, leading the way in the MX2 class of Penrite ProMX will be Jy Roberts, a longtime KTM racer who will continue aboard the 250 SX-F.

At 20 years of age, Roberts is eager for national competition to resume and to further himself at this stage of his young career. After being seriously injured in 2019 and missing last year due to the pandemic, he will make his anticipated return.

“I’m really thankful that KTM has stuck behind me since my accident in 2019 and then not being able to race at the national level in 2020 because of COVID,” Roberts commented. “We have one thing in mind for this year, to try and be consistent and aim for top-five results after two years off.”

In addition, KTM Junior Racing graduate Ryan Alexanderson will also be supported by KTM as he transitions into the senior ranks, equipped with the 250 SX-F and focusing on the MX3 development category this season. Both will also contest the Australian Supercross Championship later in the year.

“I’m super-excited to be making this step from the KTM Junior Racing team and to be representing the brand for another year, working to achieve the best results that we can in 2021,” Alexanderson said. “I feel like we have a great program behind us and I will be well-prepared for this season.”

KTM Junior Racing will also form a significant part of KTM’s program in 2021, featuring Jet Alsop (250 SX-F/125 SX), Kayden Minnear (250 SX-F/125 SX), Jett Burgess-Stevens (250 SX-F/125 SX) and Cooper Ford (85 SX/65 SX), each of them holding national and state titles.

“The KTM Group is dedicated to supporting the up and coming next generation,” commented KTM motorsport coordinator Ben Grabham. “In addition, the riders we are supporting in MX2 and MX3 at a national level provide a pathway to aim for our KTM Australia Racing team in the future.”