Marvin Musquin’s overall MX2 motocross victory was the second world championship honor for KTM within two weeks after Tony Cairoli secured the MX1 title in Brazil in the last round.
It was the first time that the Orange manufacturer had won both the MX1 and MX2 championships in a single season and a testament to the quality of the factory team management, riders and support staff and of the latest generation KTM off-road machines.
Marvin Musquin says: “Two titles in two years, that’s really great for me, also for KTM and Red Bull. It was a great season and I rode well all year, although this wasn’t so easy in the last GPs. The bike has been fantastic and now I go to Italy for the final round and of course I also want to win there,” the new MX2 World Champion said.
Tony Cairoli says: “Together we set ourselves an extremely high goal and that we managed to reach it is thanks to the perfect team and the perfect technology. It’s a fantastic feeling,” said the new MX1 World Champion.
With Musquin and Cairoli as 2011 world champions, KTM also secured the Manufacturer’s title in both classes to round off what has been a superb Orange season.
When the Red Bull KTM factory team heads for the final GP in Italy next week the only outstanding award to be decided is the WMX title, for which KTM’s Steffi Laier is alsp the favorite to win.
Pit Beirer, who is in charge of the KTM offroad program said he was almost without words to express how he felt after KTM winning the second world major title.
Pit Beirer says: “Its like a dream come true to win both titles and both manufacturers titles in this high class professional sport. Also to get the final okay from Roger DeCoster that he will join KTM, well this is a historical moment for KTM.”
Earlier in the day KTM announced at a press conference in Lierop that Roger DeCoster, an iconic figure in the sport and a manager with almost unprecedented success had been signed to take over the management of the KTM factory team to race in the USA next season.
2010 MX2 Championship
1, Marvin Musquin, France, KTM 613 (WORLD CHAMPION)
2, Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki, 524
3, Steven Frossard, France, Kawasaki, 446
4, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM, 391
5, Zach Osborne, USA; 368
6, Joel Roelants, Belgium, KTM, 366
7, Shaun Simpson, Britain, KTM, 361
1, KTM 664 points (KTM wins title)
2, Suzuki, 563 Points
3, Yamaha, 495
2010 MX1 Championship
1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM 625 (already confirmed as 2010 MX1 world champion)
2, Clement Desalle, Belgium, 494
3, David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha, 473
4, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM, 463
5, Steve Ramon, Belgium, Suzuki, 448
11. Rui Goncalves, Portugal, KTM, 244
1, KTM, 657 (KTM confirmed at winning the Manufacturer’s title)
2, Suzuki, 575
3, Yamaha, 527
4, Honda 460