French Enduro specialist and ruling E2 World Champion Johnny Aubert has signed with the KTM Factory Enduro team for another two years and will race in the competitive E1 class for Orange in 2010 and 2011.
The Frenchman won the 2009 E2 world championship title in superb style riding the more powerful KTM 450 EXC machine. In fact, Aubert won every race he entered right up until an injury to his finger prevented him starting in the second race in Greece and the two final rounds in France. Now Aubert will face off with a slew of top riders in the highly competitive E1 class onboard the KTM 250 EXC-F bike. Aubert will ride alongside younger teammate Eero Remes of Finland in E1.
“I had a very good season with KTM in my first season and it was very important for me to sign for two more years. For sure it is the best team in Enduro and I want the best,” Aubert commented after the signing at the KTM headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria.
Aubert said it was a new motivation for him to move to E1. He has already been working with the 250 bike, his KTM mechanics and team for several months and has adjusted his physical training program to suit the challenges of the smaller machine. “Now I am fast with this bike and I am very happy riding it,” he said. When it comes to the fight for the title, he also left no doubt about his intention for 2010, saying: “I hope to win all the races again this year!”
KTM Offroad Racing Director Pit Beirer confirmed he was pleased to sign a rider of the high caliber of Aubert and to secure his services for the Austrian brand through to the end of the 2011 season. “We are confident that Johnny is going to be very fast in E1. It is a very competitive class of Enduro racing and we know with Johnny on the KTM 250 EXC-F we can look forward to some great races. He already has two world championship titles to his name and he will be fighting for his third this season,” Beirer said.
Aubert and Remes, the two KTM E1 competitors for 2010 will be joined in the KTM Factory Enduro Team by Ivan Cervantes (reigning E3 world Champion) and Thomas Oldrati who fight for the E2 title. Simone Albergoni will ride orange to contest the E3. The eight venue 16 round 2010 World Championship competition kicks off in Valverdi del Camino in Spain on April 10, 2010.
Watch the full interview with Johnny Aubert, courtesy of KTM: