Kiwi Rider August 2022 Vol.1 - Page 101

DIRT NEWS

ADAMO AND EVERTS TO LEAD KTM MX2 CHARGE

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing has agreed to deals with upcoming MX stars Andrea Adamo and Liam Everts , which will see the duo ride for Team Tangerine in the 2023 MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship on the KTM 250 SX-F . Adamo , a former European Champion , is currently in his second season at the Grand Prix level and the MX2 class . He ended his debut term in 2021 with a respectable 14th place and has quickly accelerated his development to capture a maiden podium result this year at Mantova for the Grand Prix of Lombardia . The 18-year-old has been on KTM ’ s radar for some time and his work ethic , attitude and clear progression have helped Red Bull KTM Factory Racing management take the decision to put him on the KTM 250 SX-F for 2023 . “ Andrea was making good results throughout last season and with a clear sign of improvement almost race after race ,” says KTM ’ s head of offroad motorsports , Robert Jonas . “ Over the winter he has made another good step and finally finished 2nd at the GP in Mantova . He is only 18 years old but knows exactly what he wants and once he is set for a target he won ’ t back off until he ’ s reached his target . We can say very much the same about Liam , who has been part of the KTM racing strategy for a few years now and has shown us that he is able to rise up the ladder and meet each new step with maturity and no shortage of that Everts talent . We feel both riders make a good combination for the future and an important new episode in our KTM MX2 programme . We strongly believe that with KTM ’ s backing , Joel on their side and Jeffrey Herlings as their teammate , Andrea and Liam will be able to fight for the MX2 crown within one or two years .”
“ This is really cool news and like a dream come true for me ,” says Adamo . “ It ’ s one of the best race teams in the world so I ’ m excited and proud to have this opportunity . It makes me already excited for 2023 . Tony Cairoli is obviously a big influence and it ’ s great that I ’ m able to give Italy another factory rider in Grand Prix . I want to thank the whole Red Bull KTM Factory Racing family for this chance .” The 17-year-old Liam Everts - son of MX Legend Stefan Everts - is also discovering the full demands of Grand Prix level , but has the fortune to be guided by two generations of former world champions in his family . Everts made his mark in EMX125 and EMX250 European Championship competition before stepping full-time in MX2 in 2022 with the DIGA Pro Motocross KTM set-up ; the fourth campaign of a five-year KTM plan . He has impressed with top ten results and honed the speed to enter the top five on several occasions . “ Next year will be a new challenge and a big one !” Says Everts . “ It ’ s a dream of mine that is now coming true and such a cool opportunity to be part of Red Bull KTM . We ’ ll work hard together and push for the ultimate result . I ’ m already looking forward to it .” Adamo and Everts will collaborate closely with the rest of the works crew and will hopefully follow the same excellent career trajectory enjoyed by the likes of Jeffrey Herlings , Jordi Tixier , Pauls Jonass , Jorge Prado and Tom Vialle by filtering into the MX2 line-up . Andrea and Liam will have Herlings as an MXGP teammate in 2023 . Adamo follows other successful Italians in Red Bull KTM colours such as Thomas Traversini , David Philippaerts , Tony Cairoli and Mattia Guadagnini while Everts will be the first Belgian in the factory squad since Ken De Dycker almost ten years ago .
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