February 26, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH is pleased to announce that, with immediate effect, Mr Robert Jonas has been appointed as Head of Motorsport. Responsible for all Husqvarna Motorcycles racing activities, 39-year-old Jonas, who has worked within KTM Motorsport man-agement since 2006, will oversee all motocross, enduro, extreme enduro and Moto3 road racing programs.
As a former motocross racer Robert Jonas has been involved in motorcycle racing for much of his life. An Austrian National Motocross Champion in 1998 and 1999, he became a KTM 125cc factory rider in 2000 while also working as a KTM two-stroke test rider. With injury curtailing his racing career, Jonas re-entered KTM in 2005 to work in the road racing department. From 2006 Robert has worked alongside KTM’s Head of Motorsport Pit Beirer.
Mr. Stefan Pierer (KTM AG CEO): “Appointing Robert as Husqvarna’s Head of Motorsport sends out a very clear message that Husqvarna is extremely serious about all of its motorsport activities, which are a strategic tool for the continued growth of the brand. He is some-one we trust implicitly and who has the experience and enthusiasm to lead Husqvarna’s growing and vibrant motorsport department. Husqvarna Motorcycles is already achieving racing success, and as the season progresses we want to ensure it continues.”
Robert Jonas (Husqvarna Head of Motorsport): “To represent Husqvarna in motorsport is a real honour. I am extremely grateful that Mr. Pierer and Pit Beirer have placed their confidence in me as Husqvarna Motorcycles expand their racing activities around the world. Husqvarna will have a motorsport management and technical support system ready to handle these increasing demands – one that mirrors the hugely successful working practices of KTM motorsport. This really is a very exciting time for both the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand and myself personally.”
In 2014 Husqvarna Motorcycles will officially compete in the Motocross World Championship, Enduro and SuperEnduro World Championship and International Extreme Enduro. Husqvarna will also compete in the Mo-to3 class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship.