KTM plans to increase its support for UK grassroots motocross in 2019 as it expands Judd Orange Brigade ranks for the Judd KTM British Youth National Championship.
Judd Orange Brigade is looking to grow its squad that competes in the 2019 BYN series by placing two team riders across 50cc, 65cc, 85cc small wheel, 85cc big wheel, 125cc, and 250cc classes. That means the current roster of seven is due to expand to 12.
“We’ve had a fantastic season so far and really seen our riders develop and advance throughout the championship,” said Judd Racing Managing Director, Michelle Arnold. “Being supported by KTM UK we are able to offer our squad the machines, coaching and support they need to progress – and this is certainly something we’re looking to expand on in 2019.
“Moving forward, it has always been the intention to have two team riders in each youth class and I’m pleased to say we’re now putting this in place with KTM UK for the 2019 season. The reason to enlarge the team is to successfully manage the progression and continuity of each rider’s achievements. When stepping up in an age group, we need to aid the development of each rider’s skills whilst still challenging in every youth class.”
The inaugural season of the team has been a highly successful one. With two rounds remaining in the 2018 series, three of the seven Judd Orange Brigade riders currently lead their championships – with five competing for the top three places. Team riders have also benefited from a KTM UK organised Bootcamp which delivered expert coaching, WP Suspension support, sports psychology sessions and media training for the riders.
The 2019 Judd Orange Brigade squad members will run under the team’s extensive set-up at all BYN events and be provided with comprehensive support from KTM UK. The package includes two race machines supplied at a subsidised cost that is then complemented with a comprehensive KTM PowerParts package. Racers will be kitted out in full KTM PowerWear and a healthy spares budget is incorporated. WP Suspension Pro Component upgrades are also available at a subsidised cost. This means that when each rider comes to each race they are primed with the best machinery beneath them. On top of this, 2019 will see an enhanced KTM Bootcamp programme to develop each rider’s skills.
KTM UK Managing Director, Matt Walker, commented: “The Judd Orange Brigade has seen a huge amount of success in a short space of time across a wide spectrum of the KTM SX range. KTM UK is committed to its READY TO RACE ethos and we’re taking the necessary steps to support and develop our junior team as they progress forward.
“Aside from the material support, an example of our investment in the Judd Orange Brigade is our intensive two day Bootcamp for the team at Apex Motocross in Worcestershire. Here they received advanced coaching, gained access to a WP Authorized Center to aid them with their suspension set-up, as well as enjoyed a sports psychology session and media training. It was fantastic to see the improvements throughout the Bootcamp, which was an unprecedented success. We’re looking forward to the Judd Orange Brigade getting bigger and better in 2019.”