News 13 Dec 2023

Crawford locks in MX1 future with KTM Racing Team

Set to step up for 2024 alongside returning MX2 teammate Minear.

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Experienced Queenslander Nathan Crawford has formally locked in his future as an MX1 rider after committing to the premier class for 2024, to be joined by Kayden Minear in his second term of MX2.

For Crawford, his chance to step up onboard the 2024 KTM 450 SX-F is a welcome one, signalling his third season with the KTM Racing Team and he’s motivated to build upon what was a standout campaign this year.

The 26-year-old finished second in both the ProMX MX2 and AUSX SX2 championships, now focused on making an impact at the highest levels of the sport domestically.

“I’m super-keen heading into 2024,” Crawford said. “I’ve finally got the opportunity to step up to the MX1 class, which I feel has been coming for a year or two now. For me, I just didn’t want to move up unless it was for the right team, so I’m really happy that I can continue my relationship with KTM and the whole group of people involved.

“I can’t say enough good words about everyone who helps run our program, they work tirelessly behind the scenes, and I’ve found a great home here with KTM. I’m looking forward to getting up there and battling with the boys in the premier class – I’m loving the bike already, so I’ll be looking to put the KTM 450 SX-F towards the front of the field straightaway.”

As for Minear, at only 16 years of age, he built immense experience as a rookie in MX2 throughout this past season, eventually claiming a confidence-inspiring sixth position in the standings. Now, the Western Australian teenager is aiming to further refine his craft and contend for the championship riding the 2024 KTM 250 SX-F.

“I am really excited to sign with KTM for another year!” Minear commented. “Last year was a good learning year for us in MX2, so I’m excited and looking forward to our second year in the class together. I want to be up the front, fighting for podiums at every round next year. Our package is really good, my team and I have done a lot of work behind the scenes, so there’s no reason why we can’t be up the pointy-end in 2024.”

In addition, KTM Racing Team will extend its support to MX3 talent Jet Alsop, who – like Minear – has been a mainstay with the KTM brand from the very early stages of his career and is a product of the KTM Junior Racing Team development system.