KTM Racing andIvan Cervanteshave signed a contract for the much-decorated Spanish Enduro rider to continue with the KTM Enduro Factory Team through the 2016 season.
Cervantes, a Red Bull athleteand also a multiple Spanish National Champion who has spent most of his racing career with KTM, first rode in the WEC World Championship in 2002 and secured his first world title in 2005. He is a four-time World Champion (twice in the E1 class and twice in E3), has finished second four times and third on three occasions.
The Spanish rider and KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirerrecently signed the contract to extend Cervantes stay with the Factory team at the headquarters of KTM Motorsports in Austria.
Alex Doringer, KTM’s Division Manager Enduro and Rally: “We are very happy to continue to have Ivan in our Factory Enduro Team. He brings with him valuable skills, depth and experience and he is a great champion and ambassador for our sport.”
Cervantes has been absent from the 2015 WEC Championship for some rounds while recovering from surgery to correct a sport-related injury but is now working on his fitness and preparing to return to racing.
One of Cervantes long-term career goals has to been to race international rally and he recently tested with the KTM 450 RALLY bike, Doringer confirmed. He said there was also a possibility that Cervantes may contest the Dakar Rally 2016, under the banner of KTM Spain and riding for his own team as an introductory move into this very challenging form of offroad racing.
KTM Factory Racing has announced that they have reached agreement with the talented young Spanish riderJorge Prado to ride for the Factory team until 2020.
Prado, who first rode a motorcycle at aged three and is now 14, was World and European 65 cc Champion in 2011, which placed him firmly on the KTM radar screen of future talent. Riding for KTM he continued to perform well in the junior classes and went on the seal the 85 cc European Championship title last season. Prado is currently contesting the EMX 125 where at the time of writing he was third in the championship standings, 12 points off the leader and four points behind his KTM Factory Junior teammate Josiah Natzke in second place.
For next year he will still be part of the KTM Junior program, but as he develops incredibly quickly, the step into the MX2 Factory team seems to be not too far away.
KTM Motorsports Director Pit Beirersaid KTM had a vested interest in cultivating the next generation of leading riders like Prado. “We aim for excellence not just in the current season but in the long-term, so the nurturing of riders of the caliber of Jorge Prado is an essential part of our planning. We have known for some time that he is an outstanding rider for his age and we are very happy that we can work together to build on the next steps of his career.”
Jorge Prado: “For me KTM is the best bike and the best team in the world and I’m proud to be part of this family. For a young rider like me the trust and confidence that KTM has given me was very important to get to this point in my career. Now it is a very special motivation to continue chasing my goals. I get a lot of support from my team and this is what I need to face my future goals. With this extra motivation I’m now completely focused on my next challenges in the World and European 125 cc Championships.” Prado is also aRed Bull athlete.
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