Official KTM Racing Team set for 2021 ProMX and AORC seasons.
KTM has revealed the official look that the Australian-based KTM Racing Team will compete with in 2021 when the gates drop on the revitalised ProMX Championship and Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) in April, led by Regan Duffy and Daniel Milner.
In the Austrian brand’s return to entering an official motocross effort this season, KTM previously announced Duffy would be heading that bid aboard a 450 SX-F.
Duffy is eager to build upon the 2019 campaign that saw him claim the national MXD title and also take victory in the prestigious Manjimup 15,000 – the youngest rider in history to achieve that feat.
For 18-year-old Duffy, the opportunity to represent KTM in the premier category of Australian motocross is a significant milestone in his young career.
The Western Australian teenager is relishing the chance to take on the nation’s best when the gates drop at Wonthaggi in Victoria on Sunday, 11 April.
“I’m definitely excited to line-up alongside the best riders in Australia this year,” Duffy said. “Last season was still a good one for me in WA, but to be with KTM and stepping up to the MX1 class, I’m especially excited to get back to the national level.
“When I was a young kid I had the factory KTM riders as posters on my wall at home, so to be in this position and representing the brand in the premier class is a dream come true for me. The pre-season has been good for us, I feel like we have a solid base to work because I’ve been feeling good training in Victoria and I’m looking forward to going racing with the team!”
Meanwhile, multiple Australian champion and former International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) overall winner Milner will be equipped with his go-to model in KTM’s enduro range for this year, the 500 EXC-F.
This year he’s typically motivated to continue the form that has kept him atop the sport domestically through much of the past decade.
At 29, Milner has firmly established himself as the benchmark in AORC, with that success extending abroad on multiple occasions throughout his career. When the delayed AORC series begins on 17-18 April at Golden Beach, the Victorian is the favourite to continue his dominance displayed on the way to being crowned E2 and outright champion during the shortened 2020 season.
“In my whole career I’ve never had a whole year off as we have over the past 12 months, so there are some nerves there, but a lot of excitement when I think of going racing again with the KTM team,” explained Milner. “We’ve worked really hard for the past few months especially, so I look forward to turning up on race-day and going for it!
“I can’t wait to feel that adrenaline of lining up again. The 500 EXC-F is my go-to bike in the range for this season, although I have had a lot of success riding both the 350 EXC-F and 450 EXC-F in the past as well, so it can be a hard decision to make each year between all of the models available.
“I feel like larger capacity bikes probably suit my style the best of all and we have a good setting, so we’re ready to go. I’m well-prepared for 2021, you can definitely say that, so now we will look ahead to Golden Beach, which I have been to before, and I think it will be a good place to get going for the season.”
In addition to the ProMX and AORC programs to be operated by KTM in 2021, current Finke Desert Race champion David Walsh will once again be ‘Ready To Race’ riding his 500 EXC-F in the iconic Top End event to be held over the June long weekend following a year’s hiatus.