Carl Gooch of Olive Branch, MS is officially declared the winner of KTM/FMF Protect Your Right to Ride Month KTM 250 XC-FW motorcycle. KTM and FMF partnered with the AMA, BRC, ORBA and NOHVCC to declare May as Protect Your Right to Ride month. "We decided to declare a month to protecting your right to ride to help spread the word about land closure awareness issues as well as new sound regulations. We were grateful to garner support from the AMA, BRC, ORBA and NOHVCC to help us further spread the word and get people involved in riding issues affecting their areas," stated President of KTM Jon-Erik Burleson. As part of the pull to get interested people to learn more KTM allowed members of the involved organizations to sign up for a chance to win a brand new KTM 250 XC-FW with an FMF Q4 titanium exhaust system. Carl Gooch, who signed up at his KTM dealer, Shoals Outdoor Sports, was selected the winner after all entries were collected.
Gooch has been an active BRC member since 2006 and an AMA member for nearly 10 years. He is actively involved in fundraisers within his community to help protect riding areas. "I feel it is important to be actively involved in your community. The events we have put together within my own riding areas each raise between $3,000-5,000 each time. It is well worth the effort to join these organizations and help keep our riding areas open," stated Gooch. "I still can’t believe I won a new KTM. This is awesome! I love KTM’s and I have already owned 3. I’m so excited – I need to go call my wife and my dealer!" remarked Gooch after hearing the news. Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, stated, "I think the KTM/FMF project was the perfect vehicle for alerting riders to the importance of getting involved in protecting our access to public lands. BRC is proud of Mr. Gooch’s decision to support off-road recreation groups in their battle to preserve our right to ride in a responsible manner. Thanks to KTM and FMF for allowing Mr. Gooch to get his just dessert.""We applaud KTM for their effort to reach out to their customers and broaden awareness for a critical issue facing motorcyclists everywhere: responsible access to our public lands," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "We congratulate Mr. Gooch, and everyone who participated in this program, including our partners in the motorcycling community. This project is a wonderful example of what we can do when we all work together."