2011 AMA Supercross Teams
KTM Motorsports is proud to announce its newest partnership with JDR Motorsports to launch a new factory supported satellite team at this year’s Supercross opener at Angel Stadium on Jan. 8, 2010.
The JDR Motorsports/KTM Team has signed a three-year contract with the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer to race in the U.S. AMA Supercross and Motocross Series.
For 2011, the team will support American rider PJ Larsen in the West AMA Supercross Lites and 250 Motocross class and Australian rider Tye Simmonds in the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross classes.
Larsen joined the Australian JDR Motorsports/KTM Team in 2010 and had a successful beginning earning the Pro Lites Australian MX Championship in his first outing.
Larsen is currently competing in the Australian Super X Series and sits 2nd in championship points halfway through the season.
The American rider is eager to return home after the series to get back to the U.S. Supercross racing circuit.
PJ Larsen says: “I have enjoyed my racing experiences in Australia and am grateful for the opportunity JDR has given me but I am looking forward to returning to the U.S. to race against the top riders.”
Larsen’s teammate, Simmonds, is equally excited about making the trip over to the states for the 2011 season. As a prominent amateur rider, Simmonds traveled back and forth to the U.S. to race at the prestigious amateur events.
Simmonds goal has always been to race full-time on the U.S. circuit and he is thrilled to compete on the new KTM 350 SX-F in the Supercross and Motocross Series.
The JDR Motorsports/KTM Team will be managed by former professional racer Nathan Ramsey. A former KTM Factory rider, Ramsey, is excited to return to orange colors for 2011.
Nathan Ramsey says: “KTM Motorcycles were great bikes when I raced them a few years back, but to see the transformation they have made with the introduction of the 2011 motocross line is truly exciting and encouraging as a racer and now a Team Manager. We truly believe we have the best product and company behind our team to achieve our goals this season.”
Vincent Berini has been selected as Crew Chief for the JDR Motorsports/KTM Supercross Team. Craig Behl has signed on as mechanic for Tye Simmonds while Steven Stoyakovich will spin wrenches for PJ Larsen.
JDR Motorsports started its racing initiatives a few years back when the father (Derek Rynenberg) and son (Jay Rynenberg) team sat together and collaborated on a way to start racing.
Jay Rynenberg says: “Both my father and I are avid racing and riding enthusiasts and were eager to start our own team. When we found out Australian rider Andrew McFarlane would be returning to Australia we thought the timing was unbelievable. We struck a deal with Andrew and were able to start up the team quicker than expected with his guidance and expertise.”