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KTM junior and womenís racing prepare for 2009 season with number one plates and new faces

09-02-09

Winning three national and five state championships in 2008, GMR Motorex KTM Junior and Women’s Racing were arguably one of the most successful teams of the season.

Highlights included Kristy Gillespie claiming the Australian Women’s Motocross Championship, as well as the titles collected by Dylan Berwick and Sam Duncanson at the Australian Junior Motocross Championships in the 13-14 years 125cc and 250F classes.

For 2009 GMR Motorex KTM will have a new comer on the team with Dylan Long from Benalla in VIC, who will pilot a KTM 85 SX in the 12-14 years age group, and a 150 SX in the 13-14 years class. 

Long secured himself a top five position in the 2008 Australian Junior Motocross Championship in the 13-14 years 125cc class, as well as a sixth in the 12-14 years 85cc class.

Excited about the prospects of improving now that he is riding under factory colours, Dylan Long comments, “Getting personal guidance and support from race team manager Glenn Macdonald is definitely going to give me an edge with my racing,” said Long.  “Riding on a factory team even at a junior level takes a lot of pressure of you for bike preparation, so I can just focus on my racing, and I’m looking forward to gaining many podiums now that I have this extra support.”

Representing the team in the 15 years class will be Sam Duncanson from Cleveland in QLD, riding the KTM 250 SX-F.  Unfortunately, 2009 has got off to a bumpy start for Duncanson, with a recent injury during a practice session which saw him come up short on a triple and sustain some breaks and bruises to his body, yet he is expected to make a full recovery and be back on the bike when fit and well.

Commenting on Sam Duncanson’s involvement with the team, GMR Motorex KTM Race Team Manager, Glenn Macdonald said, “Sam is super fast and he puts everything on the line when he races, he is definitely a rider who will follow in the footsteps of some of Australia’s best racers.

“Sam is a determined kid, he stays focused and doesn’t let mishaps bring him down.  Most importantly he has a family who back him one hundred percent, and their support will have him back on his feet in no time.

“We won’t be pushing Sam to return to racing in a hurry, we will follow all the necessary steps to have him fit and well physically and mentally before he returns, yet the competition should not think he will be down and out, this kid will return to racing hungrier than ever before.”

Reigning Australian Women’s Champion Kristy Gillespie will also return to GMR Motorex KTM keen to retain her two number one plates from 2008 secured at the Australian and Victorian Women’s Motocross Championships.  The Albury racer is broadening her horizons for 2009 and will also contest a number of rounds of the Australian Off-Road Championship after her success at a previous round in 2007, winning her debut ride in off-road racing.

GMR Motorex KTM Junior Racing is also in negotiation with other up and coming junior riders and announcements will be made throughout the season on additions to the team.

“KTM is all about progressing riders through the junior ranks to prepare them for senior racing.  GMR Motorex KTM is proud to be a part of this process, and our role involves selecting talented riders worthy of that progression,” said Race Team Manager, Glenn Macdonald.

“It was a surprise for many when talented rider Dylan Berwick retired from the team and hung up his boots from racing, but if your mind and heart are not both in it you won’t perform.  Looking ahead, GMR Motorex KTM will announce new members to the team as we evaluate up and coming riders performance throughout the season.”

The first race for the team will be on 21 & 22 February at the Maffra-Sale Open, where Dylan Long will debut his ride with GMR Motorex KTM, while Kristy Gillespie will also contest her first event for the season with women’s racing.

Stay tuned to racing results at www.ktm.com.au and www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au for updates.