KTM announced today that it will not field an official team in the 2009 AMA Supercross Series, but it will support two riders - Mike Alessi and Great Britain's Tommy Searle - in the 2009 outdoor Nationals. According to the release, "KTM Motorsports will run an official Factory Motocross Team in the USA, which will be directly linked to the Austrian headquarters in Mattighofen."It goes on to say: "The team will receive corporate sponsorship from returning sponsor, Jägermeister. Team operations will be handled by KTM Off-Road Racing Director Pit Beirer and managed in the US by Team Manager Casey Lytle.
"The new factory team will contest the 2010 outdoor motocross series with two team riders. Great Britain’s Tommy Searle will compete in the 250cc class, while Mike Alessi will race the 450cc class. With this move, KTM confirms 100% commitment to the American motocross market and US racing scene.
"Currently, KTM Racing’s Research and Development Team is continuing preparations for a more successful motocross future based on further developments with the extremely competitive four-stroke racing machines. Through the start of the 2010 motocross series the R&D technicians will focus their effort on the company’s latest 250cc and 450cc models. Major activities will revolve around ongoing tests with existing bikes and other prototypes to ensure the Austrian manufacturer, known as the fastest and most innovative off-road brand, will continue to configure leading Ready to Race motocross machines."