The Austrians are ready to get dirty!
It's almost here! Flat track season is so close we can almost taste it, and we are ready for some good old fashioned dirty fun. Our recent interviews with the Indian Wrecking Crew got us pretty hype for 2019, and now KTM is adding to that hype with the announcement of its 2019 factory team. So, who's on it and what are they riding? We're glad you asked!
According to a recent press release, Red Bull KTM is diving head-first into big-time factory support in 2019 with an eye on the American Flat Track Singles Championship. To help them get there, our Austrian friends drafted two fantastic racers from the Keystone State—2018 AFT Singles champ Dan Bromley and top-winning Singles racer Shayna Texter. These two fast Pennsylvanians will be flogging KTM's powerful 450 SX-F Factory Edition single around America's dirt tracks this summer, which sounds like a hell of a lot of fun to us.
“I am extremely excited to be joining the Red Bull KTM Factory Team," Bromley said in the company press release. "With having a support effort last year, I look forward to having the full-factory backing in 2019. Teaming up with Shayna, I feel that the team will be a force to be reckoned with and I look forward to continuing my momentum from the 2018 season.”
For her part, Texter is super stoked to get called up to the big leagues from the rough and tumble world of flat track privateers.
“I’m really excited to have the opportunity with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team," Texter said. "I learned so much this past season running my own program but it’s a dream to be joining a team with a winning culture that is always READY TO RACE.”
Keep an eye out here for more AFT action once the season begins. If you'd like to read more, check out the full press release attached below.
Source: KTM, American Flat Track
MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM Motorsports is pleased to announce its Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team lineup for the 2019 American Flat Track Championship as the brand dives into full-factory support in the premier championship series in 2019. Riding aboard the championship-proven KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, teammates Dan Bromley and Shayna Texter are set to contest the AFT Singles Championship in 2019.
Bromley, the 2018 AFT Singles Champion, heads into the upcoming season with the coveted number one plate as he looks to defend his first title in the Singles class. The Pennsylvania native is no stranger to the number one plate, though, as he holds many AMA National Championships in flat track racing. Bromley witnessed his best season ever in 2018, where he notched four wins and 13 podium finishes en route to his championship and he looks to build upon those race-wins for 2019.
Dan Bromley: “I am extremely excited to be joining the Red Bull KTM Factory Team. With having a support effort last year, I look forward to having the full-factory backing in 2019. Teaming up with Shayna, I feel that the team will be a force to be reckoned with and I look forward to continuing my momentum from the 2018 season.”
Texter, who also hails from Pennsylvania, finished third overall in AFT Singles in 2018 with three race-wins and eight podium appearances. Texter began her professional racing career in 2008 and since then she has earned 15-career AFT Singles wins, the most of any other rider in the class. In 2011, Texter became the first female to win an American Flat Track National Main Event and she continues to pave the way for women in racing.
Shayna Texter: “I’m really excited to have the opportunity with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team! I learned so much this past season running my own program but it’s a dream to be joining a team with a winning culture that is always READY TO RACE.”
Team Manager, Chris Fillmore: “KTM is very excited to announce these two riders for the new Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Flat Track Team and I, personally, am looking forward to another step in my career and the learning experience of being Team Manager. Dan Bromley is the reigning champion in the AFT Singles class and Shayna Texter is the winningest rider in AFT Singles history, so we couldn’t have asked for a more ‘READY TO RACE’ lineup this season. Both riders have incredible potential and we can’t wait to get the season underway. Building a new team and program from the ground up is not short of challenges, so I would like to personally thank the KTM Motorsports team, Dan and Shayna, as well as our team partners Red Bull, Roofsystems, Motorex, WP, Akrapovic, Renthal, Dubya, Hinson, HBD MotoGrafx, MotoMaster, Acerbis, Twin Air, Alpinestars, Red Torpedo, KTM Powerparts, KTM Powerwear and Wings for Life.”
The 2019 American Flat Track Championship kicks off on March 14, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. For more information on the American Flat Track Championship, please visit their website https://www.americanflattrack.com.