KTM Factory Racing Announces 2021 Rider Lineup
With “offseason” preparations underway for the 2021 race season, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team has announced its three-rider lineup alongside a press event held at the company’s North American test track facility, “RD Field,” in Southern California. Featuring two of the sport’s top contenders – Marvin Musquin and Cooper Webb – in the 450cc division, the team is also proud to welcome rising star Maximus Vohland to its in-house 250cc effort, as the orange bleeder is set to make his professional debut in 2021.
Marvin Musquin, a decade-long veteran of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, will return to the 450cc lineup in 2021 as he dives into the upcoming AMA Supercross Championship with a vengeance after missing last year’s series due to a major knee injury. Missing nearly one year of racing in total, the French rider returned to the dirt for the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, where he eased his way back into action with a series of promising performances to claim fourth overall in the series. Musquin will continue to put in the work during the offseason to come back even stronger and be ready to contest the 450SX Class title aboard the KTM 450 SX-FACTORY EDITION come January. Webb, the 2019 450SX Class Champion, followed up his groundbreaking year with a strong title defense last season as he brought the 2020 championship down to the final race, ultimately finishing runner-up with four race wins and nine podiums. An ongoing back injury kept him sidelined for this past Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, but the North Carolina native has been hard at work and is ready to do battle in 2021. On the heels of inking another two-year deal with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, Webb will look to return the number one plate to his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION for the next two seasons.
Ian Harrison, Team Manager: “We are very confident in Marvin and Cooper for the 2021 season. Marvin has been with KTM North America for a decade now and has always competed at the highest level. Having missed the 2020 season, he is eager to get back to racing SX and being healthy is a big part of the puzzle. We plan to start testing this week to fine tune our 2021 machine – we have a few new components to test and work with that should help Marvin improve his bike setup. We are looking forward to what Marvin can do in 2021, him being with long-time mechanic Frank Latham puts him in good hands. Cooper has a lot of experience coming into 2021 and we are very excited to see how things progress now that he has been with us for two years. Along with his mechanic, Carlos Rivera, I feel we are all at a point where we understand each other’s strengths and that leads to better bike setup and race day changes. Cooper also has a clean bill of health, so we are confident that he will be ready to keep the momentum rolling into 2021.”
For the first time since 2015, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team will bring its 250cc effort back in-house with a one-rider lineup in 2021. Maximus Vohland, a Northern California native with strong motocross heritage in his blood, comes in with many years under the guidance of KTM’s Orange Brigade Amateur Motocross program. The five-time Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Champion, who was most recently crowned 2019 AMA Youth Rider of the Year, has proven his merit at the highest level of amateur racing where he now begins the next chapter with his professional debut aboard the KTM 250 SX-F.
Harrison adds, “Max has had a long and successful journey as an amateur with KTM and we are happy to be involved in the start of his young career. I met him years ago and have seen his progress through the amateur ranks – he is young but has a lot of potential. Time will tell how he manages the ups and downs of professional racing and we will be here to help support him in every way we can. Our goal is to have Max and KTM up front.”