Ryan Dungey leads the Red Bull KTM Factory Team again in 2014.
The 2014 Red Bull KTM Factory team is poised to challenge for the top-step in the 450 and 250 classes with a new rider lineup. Heading the premier-class effort is Ryan Dungey, who returns to the Orange team for his third season. Dungey will be joined by new 450 class teammate, Ken Roczen, who won the West division 250 title in 2013. Marvin Musquin will continue with KTM in the 250 ranks, teamed with newcomer Dean Ferris.
“Next year’s competition is going to be tough with several young, fast and talented riders entering the 450 class,” said Dungey in a team press release. “The competition is strong which pushes us all to step up and ride faster. This will be my third season with Red Bull KTM and KTM is pushing to win a US Supercross Championship. My goal will be to win as many races as possible and consistently finish on the podium to work toward earning that title.”
Roczen has some experience within the 450 ranks, having contested a handful of previous rounds aboard the 350SX-F machine. He put in a notable performance during Daytona Supercross in 2013, leading the main event for a number of laps early in the contest and eventually finishing seventh. For 2014 Rozcen moves up to the full 450SX-F Factory Edition machine.
Ken Roczen moves to his full-time 450 class spot in 2014.
“I’m really looking forward to stepping up to the 450 in both Supercross and Motocross classes next year,” explained Roczen. “I feel really good riding the bigger bike. I know the competition will be tough but my goal is to battle up front each week. I’ve changed a lot of things in my program so I can run up front.”
Musquin remains in the 250 Supercross ranks to compete for the East division title in 2014. The French rider was particularly strong in Supercross during the previous season, earning four wins and three additional podiums during the series. Musquin entered the finale just five points behind eventual title winner Wil Hahn and finished the season three-points adrift of the Honda ace when the checkers flew in Las Vegas.
“My focus is 100% to win the 250 SX title next year,” said Musquin. “In 2012, I finished the West Coast series 3rd and last year I came really close to winning with the championship being decided at the final race of the season. I ended up 2nd and now I won’t be content unless I win it next year!”
Musquin’s new teammate, Ferris, is a 23 year-old Australian who will compete in the 250 West division for the first time in the United States. Ferris raced in the European MX GP series previously, earning race wins in MX2 and in 2013 and going on to ride for the Aussie squad in the Motocross of Nations.
Dean Ferris is the newcomer to the Red Bull KTM Factory Team. The 23 year-old Australian will ride in the 250 class alongside Marvin Musquin in 2014.
“It’s always been my dream to race in the US and I’m really excited about being given this opportunity with Red Bull KTM,” said Ferris. “I’m especially excited about getting the chance to learn from Roger DeCoster and work alongside Dungey, Roczen and Musquin. I have a lot of learning to do so I couldn’t ask for a better, more experienced group to guide me through my transition into the US racing circuit.”
Red Bull KTM Team Manager Roger DeCoster added these words about his new roster of riders for 2014: “With such a talented group of riders; Ryan and Ken both contesting the 450 competition and Marvin joined by Dean in the 250 competition, I really think 2014 is going to be an exciting year for KTM. Ryan and Ken have both made a lot of changes to their personal programs to put them in the best place possible mentally and physically heading into the start of Supercross season.
“I’m really glad we were able to add a fourth rider to the squad. With Ken moving up, it’s good for Marvin to have a teammate to train alongside as he works toward finishing one better and winning the East Coast SX title. I was very impressed with Dean’s speed at the Motocross des Nations this year and I’m interested to see what he can do in the outdoors. Having only just arrived in the US a month before the start of the Supercross season, the upcoming series will more or less be a learning season for him with higher expectations for 2015.”