At this weekends MXGP of Switzerland, KTM team boss Pit Beirer named his squad for the Monster Energy SMX Riders Cup which takes place on October 8 VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Multi-time world champion Tony Cairoli was surprisingly not included in the team which will be Ryan Dungey, Jeffrey Herlings and Marvin Musquin.
No confirmation as the reason for his exclusion, but it could be he’ll miss the event to heal any ongoing injuries from this season.
Official Release Below:
Following the Qualifying Race press conference here in Frauenfeld-Gachnang, Switzerland, KTM Motorsport Director Mr. Pit Beirer joined Youthstream President Mr. Giuseppe Luongo and FIM/CMS Director Mr. Tony Skillington on stage to officially announce the riders that have been selected to represent KTM and Husqvarna at the Monster Energy SMX Riders’ and Manufacturers’ Cup which will take place on Saturday the 8th of October inside the VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
“On the Husqvarna side we will have Max Nagl, Zach Osbourne and Jason Anderson, and on the KTM side we will have Jeffrey Herlings, Marvin Musquin, and Ryan Dungey,” Mr. Beirer said. “I think with two teams like this, we will have a great performance from our side.
We are sure that this is another level that with this event Youthstream will lift our sport to and we are going there on the highest level, to compete and not just to be there.”
Mr. Luongo followed,
“I believe it will be the greatest event in the world and I have to really thank KTM because these teams will make the difference.” He said, “My dream was to have an event like the Motocross of Nations but for the manufacturers. In Assen, the other manufacturers will announce their teams and believe me, they will be strong, so here we will have seven manufacturers who will have very strong teams, and to win will mean something big.”
Mr. Skillington wrapped up the press conference by sharing his excitement, “As a true fan and enthusiast I think this is a brilliant event for our sport and I think anybody with an interest in motocross will view this as a very very unique opportunity to see the best riders of the world, from both sides of the Atlantic, race each other. That alone should inspire people to come and support the event.”
With the addition of KTM and Husqvarna’s star studded line-up, to that of Honda, we are already in for an epic night at the VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where the manufacturers’ and riders’ alike will go head-to-head in attempt to make history in the evolution of motocross, as the first ever winners of the Monster Energy SMX Riders’ Cup!
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