MURRIETA, CA – January 11, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – KTM North America, Inc. is excited to report another successful year in 2012 thanks to its loyal owners, racing fans and the continued growth of its products across all motorcycle segments.
In 2012, KTM [North America] retail sales increased by over 15% showing particular growth in its core offroad competition segment. Two models particularly led the charge: the 350 SX-F in motocross and the street-legal 500 EXC in travel enduro. The latter even won “Bike of the Year” in Dirt Rider, Dirt Bike and Cycle World magazines complementing the 450 XCF-W’s shootout win awards in Dirt Bike and Dirt Rider.
At the business level, KTM was elected Motorcycle USA’s “Best OEM of 2012” while KTM North America President, Jon-Erik Burleson, was named “Motorcyclist of the Year” by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).
At KTM, a successful year can only be celebrated on the racing podium. This was accomplished when Red Bull KTM Factory Rider, Ryan Dungey, claimed the first-ever 450 Motocross Championship for the KTM brand. On the offroad side, KTM continued to reinforce its lead position by winning multiple championships:
- WORCS Pro 2 Lights – Ivan Ramirez
- GNCC XC2 – Jason Thomas
- AMA National Enduro – Steward Baylor Jr.
- AMA National Hare & Hound – Kurt Caselli
- AMA EnduroCross – Taddy Blazusiak
- GNCC Women’s – Maria Forsberg
- AMA EnduroCross Women’s – Maria Forsberg
In October, KTM announced the return of the most popular Supercross intermission show, the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge (KJSC). The program allows rider’s 7-8 years of age to race aboard identically prepared 50 SXS motorcycles on the same race track as their Supercross heroes. The program will debut in 2013 at the third Anaheim Supercross.
In December, KTM kicked-off its official return to the International Motorcycle Shows where the new range of KTM street and off-road motorcycles are displayed at select key events across the country. For more information on the KJSC Program please visit www.ktmjrsx.com and for further information on KTM North America, Inc. please visit www.ktmusa.com.