Red Bull KTM announce 2021 lineup
As the curtains of a tumultuous 2020 begin to draw to a close, it is with great excitement that Red Bull KTM announces new additions to their star-studded line-up for 2021.
Bringing a fresh sense of excitement to the team is new recruit Cameron Durow, who will be racing in the prestigious MX2 Class. Having just turned 18 years old, Durow is a rider bristling with talent. He boasts an array of titles as a three-time MSA National Champion, two-time WOMZA National Champion and three-time Motocross of African Nations Champion. He has also represented the country in four FIM Junior World Championship events and achieved fourth overall in the German ADAC 85cc Championship.
When asked about the accolade he is most proud of, Durow recalls winning the opening round of the 2019 National Motocross Championship in not only the High School Class, but MX2 Class as well. He reminisced, “It’s something I will never forget. At 16 years old, I was the first person to achieve an overall win in both classes on the same day.”With his sights set on snatching up the MX2 Championship in 2021, Durow commented, “Riding for Red Bull KTM has been my goal for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to ride for a professional team and the one I’ve always looked at was Red Bull KTM. Signing with them at this point in my career has really been a huge confidence boost to me. I believe partnering with them will help me really push the sport further and show everyone what I am truly capable of.”
KTM South Africa’s Louwrens Mahoney added, “We are so excited to have Cameron on the team for 2021 - he is a hardworking, talented rider. He has also got a lot of international racing experience – we can’t wait to get the new year started!”
Another new addition to the team is rising star Trey Cox, who will step up to the 85cc Class next year. As the brother of motorsport sensation Bradley Cox and son of legendary racer Alfie Cox, the youngster clearly inherited a full dose of the competitive racing genes.
While he has been riding since he was two years old, Cox started taking racing seriously when his brother took him to a few National events when he turned ten. It wasn’t long before the racing bug bit and Cox finished the 65cc Championship second in 2019 and third in 2020.
“It’s every young rider’s dream to race for a factory team and coming into it this young is really good for my future. It’s the best team in the paddock and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together as I step up to the 85cc Championship next year,” said Cox.After his rise to national glory this season, fans will be pleased to discover that leading rider Tristan Purdon will once again be spearheading the hunt for the MX1 and MX2 Championship. Also looking to continue his winning streak is Jonathan Mlimi, who will remain in the High School Class with the hope of defending his 2020 title.
After a highly successful career racing for Red Bull KTM, Kerim Fitz-Gerald will step into the role of team manager next year. As a multiple national champion, Fitz-Gerald’s experience and knowledge will undoubtedly bring great value to the orange squad.
“I’m very excited about my new role with the team – it’s brand new to me so I have some learning to do, but I have been with KTM for a long time and know all the riders well. I’m looking forward to working with the team’s newest riders –they have both been around the team for a long time and I have no doubt that they will fit in perfectly. I’m also really excited to be supporting our two champions - Jono and Tristan. They both know what they are capable of now and so does the team. Here’s to a successful 2021 and bringing home some championships!” said Fitz-Gerald.
The global launch of the GASGAS model year 2021 line-up has created a lot of excitement around the globe. The wait is soon coming to an end with the range of GASGAS motorcycles about to be launched in South Africa. Next month will mark a milestone in South African GASGAS history as a complete network of GASGAS dealers prepare to welcome the new GASGAS brand and showcase the exciting 2021 model line-up.
Joining the PIERER Mobility Group a year ago, the masterminds in Austria have worked tirelessly to reactivate the brand and produce a complete line-up of vibrant motocross, enduro, cross country and trials bikes:
‘We are excited to welcome GASGAS as our new brand within the KTM Group structure. Benefitting from the vast knowledge of our engineers and translating it into a brand-new range by using our existing platforms has proven to be a recipe for success. Building on the brand’s strong heritage, we are especially excited to add the facet of Trials which is something new to us and a segment we have not featured in before. It will add to the diversity of the range and add that extra bit of fun and opportunity to refine those riding skills.’, says Franziska Brandl, Managing Director KTM Group South Africa.
As the enabler brand within the family, GASGAS takes the serious performance base and packages it to be within easier reach for a much broader range of riders. To balance the slightly serious and individualistic approach of the other two brands, GASGAS brings a fun, welcoming, sociable, younger and fresh approach to the scene. An approach that is enthusiastic, festive and encouraging: celebrating the joy of riding.
A network of dealers has been hand-picked around the country and the full range of GASGAS motorcycles will be available at the following Authorised GASGAS Dealers from December:
Shop 8, Willow Rock Value Centre, Cnr Solomon Mahlangu Drive & Bendeman St, 0182, Pretoria
Alfie Cox Racing
15, D246, Cato Ridge, 3680, KwaZulu-Natal
T: 031 0070 410, www.alfiecox.co.za
1st Floor, Mahenka Building, Cnr Ford & Strand Street, Bellville,
T: 021 949 9304, www.eddy2race.co.za
Visit www.gasgas.com for the full line-up of GASGAS motorcycles.