News 15 Feb 2022

KTM Junior Racing Team confirms four-rider roster

Multiple national and state titles across revised 2022 line-up.

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A four-rider KTM Junior Racing Team roster has been uncovered for 2022, Kyle Harvey joining returning Kayden Minear, Jet Alsop and Cooper Ford to form a formidable ‘Ready To Race’ assault.

Minear, 15, enters his fourth year with the team off the back of a strong 2021, finishing third in the condensed ProMX MX3 championship and is set to compete again in the category for 2022, as well as state and national championship races onboard a 125 SX and 250 SX-F.

“I’m stoked to be back as part of the KTM Junior Racing Team,” Minear shared. “My ambitions are to go a little bit better in the MX3 class and to look at racing another Australian Junior Motocross Championship — hopefully, come away with a couple more Australian titles. It’s clear to see KTM is the best brand and being supported by the best manufacturer gives me added confidence entering the upcoming races.”

Alsop will graduate to MX3 with the team, the three-time Australian junior champion to line up at the Australian Junior Motocross Championship later in the season, while also competing at a selection of state-level events.

“I’m just super-excited to be riding for KTM again,” Alsop said. “It’s the best junior team in Australia, for sure. I would just love to get the best results I can and to make KTM proud again. With the KTM bike, we’ve got that peace of mind that we’re on good equipment and we can get a good result.”

Two-time 65cc national champion Ford will step up to the 13-U16 Years 85cc division, the 13-year-old Tasmanian excited at the prospect of being able to race the Australian Junior Motocross Championship again after the previous two year’s junior nationals were cancelled due to covid.

“I’m super-excited to return to the KTM Junior Racing Team for 2022,” Ford explained. “Now stepping up to my 85 big wheel, I’m looking forward to a full year of racing, finishing up with the Australian Junior Motocross Championship. “Riding a KTM just gives you an awesome feeling – they’ve got such good power, handling and everything.”

Harvey joins the team following consecutive junior state titles across Queensland and New South Wales last season and the young Queenslander will be one to watch later at the national junior championships on riding an 85 SX.

“I am so pumped and excited to be a part of the KTM Junior Racing Team, “Harvey commented. “I was blown away when I heard the news and will be forever grateful for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to 2022 and can’t wait to hopefully compete in the Australian titles later this year. I have a great support team who always push me to be my best. I’ve worked so hard for this and I plan to work even harder, but just as importantly, have fun along the way. I can’t for the gates to drop!”