Top-five ambitions outlined ahead of rookie season in the category.
KTM Racing Team’s newest recruit Kayden Minear is labelling 2023 ‘a learning year’ as he prepares to debut in MX2 on the national stage and draw from the experienced outfit that surrounds him.
Last year’s MX3 champion was drafted into the factory KTM ahead of the 2023 ProMX season, joining the experienced Nathan Crawford and former MX1 champion Kirk Gibbs.
Minear, who is still only 15 years of age, spent the majority of his junior career aboard KTM machinery and now relishes the opportunity to join the brand’s official effort in Australia.
“It’s unreal, a dream come true,” Minear told MotoOnline. “I’d call what we have going at the moment more of a family than a team. They treat me like one of their own, the environment I’m in is really good and my mechanic Pat is awesome. We’ve done a few races together and a bunch of testing, he’s really, he definitely knows what he’s doing, so I’m stoked.
“I’m really happy to walk away from my junior career on a high note, but yeah, that transition into being a pro has all happened really fast, I’ve definitely jumped straight into the deep end, that’s for sure. But, moving into MX2 this year, I’m blown away that I managed to get a ride on this team, I’m so grateful for the opportunity that’s been given to me. 2023 is really a learning year for us, there’s no pressure or expectations for results from the team, but I’m going to give it my all and try to learn as much as I can from them.”
Not due to turn 16 until May, MX2 rookie Minear has outlined a set of personal goals for 2023 ahead of the Penrite ProMX Championship opener scheduled for 5 March at Wonthaggi, Victoria.
“I feel like being a younger rider, you’ve got that young punk in you, but I’m going to try and take it steady and learn from these guys,” he added. “I’ve set my personal goals pretty high, I want to be a top-five guy, I’d be really satisfied with that. So, I’m going to give it everything I have to try and be around that fifth spot.”