KTM 350 SX-F
When the KTM 350 SX-F was “Ready to Race” in 2010, the all-new Austrian motorcycle won the 2010 MX1 World Championship with Red Bull Teka’s Tony Cairoli.
Once Cairoli won, though, the controversy began. Immediately rumors spread, stating that the 350 SX-F was closer to a 400 cc machinethan a standard 350 model.
And in the recent AMA Supercross races, this controversy was strengthened due to a string of holeshots by Red Bull KTM rider Mike Alessi. His latest holeshot was at last weekend’s AMA Supercross event in Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas.
So under the strict rules of the AMA, officials performed a random tear-down and inspection of Alessi’s KTM 350SX-F after the race. The KTM was cleared as completely legal under AMA regulations, and also reported as an “appropriately bored 350 cc machine.”
This inspection should put an end to the controversy circulating on the 350 SX-F, which was designed by KTM MX manager and motocross legend Stefan Everts.
KTM reported that Pit Beirer, who heads the Racing Department at KTM’s HQ in Austria and Roger DeCoster, manager of the U.S. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, were both pleased that the “AMA inspection settled the score once and for all.”
Pit Beirer says: “The AMA chose to control Alessi’s bike and this was a good thing, because we at KTM Racing are completely in favor of strict controls. We want to compete in accordance with the regulations. And when our riders do well we want to be confident that it is the result of the effort, research and development we invest in our factory bikes and because of our own factory riders’ talents.”