KTM & HUSQVARNA READY TO RACE World Enduro Serie 2018
Giving the series their full attention, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team will have five riders competing in the entire eight-round championship with Taddy Blazusiak, Josep Garcia, Jonny Walker, Cody Webb and Nathan Watson all eagerly awaiting the start of this new multi-discipline series.
The World Enduro Super Series (WESS) will address the increasing diversification of enduro sport by bringing together selected Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach Race style events into one championship. Presenting KTM’s official riders with a wide array of new challenges, the series will require all athletes to showcase a broad set of skills including speed, technique and endurance.
Of particular interest to KTM is the fact that amateur riders will compete alongside professionals in all events. Collectively, the series will bring together many thousands of competitors and spectators ensuring high levels of engagement with fans at each stop of the series. Through extensive TV, print and new media coverage the championship and its eight unique and diverse races will enjoy extensive specialist and mainstream exposure.
Requiring a wide range of skills and techniques, the WESS will challenge riders in ways no other series has in recent years. All competitors will need to adapt and rise to new challenges in order to be crowned the Ultimate Enduro Champion.
The 2018 WESS will begin on May 11th with the Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal. The series will then take in the ErzbergRodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria), Le Trefle Lozerien AMV (France), Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania), Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland), Gotland Grand National (Sweden) and the Red Bull Knock Out in The Netherlands. One additional round is soon to be confirmed.
Pit Beirer (KTM Motorsports Director): “It is with great pleasure that KTM announce their new direction by participating in the new, multi-discipline World Enduro Super Series for 2018. KTM thereby remain fully committed to enduro and enduro sport and we very much look forward to the start of this new series and the bright future that lies ahead. Combining the many different enduro disciplines into one championship is something that KTM is extremely pleased to see. It ensures many new and exciting challenges for all competitors. KTM believes the championship will produce a true enduro champion — the ultimate enduro rider. Additionally, by taking our factory team to these mass-participation events, KTM is able to engage directly with both its amateur riders and the wider enduro customer base, allowing us to further promote KTM to true enduro enthusiasts.”
Fabio Farioli (Team Manager Red Bull KTM Factory Racing): “The all-new WESS will bring a fresh new challenge to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for 2018. Each of the series’ eight rounds are truly unique and provide new challenges for our riders. To excel in the WESS they will need to prove themselves as an all-round enduro rider with the best technique, speed and endurance. With five strong, determined and talented riders under the KTM awning for 2018, we believe we can fight for race wins at every event and mount a strong challenge for the title.”
Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce that they will officially participate in the 2018 World Enduro Super Series, which begins in May with Extreme XL Lagares.
Fielding a four-rider team, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will be represented by Graham Jarvis, Colton Haaker, Alfredo Gomez and Billy Bolt with all riders contesting the new eight-round WESS championship during 2018.
Offering an exciting blend of enduro competitions, as a mixed discipline series, Husqvarna look forward to the prospect of their official riders competing in widely varied events in one exciting, new championship.
With the eight events set to bring together many thousands of competitors during the course of the championship, the World Enduro Super Series will also attract high numbers of spectators to each event, which will allow Husqvarna to extensively engage with race fans and end consumers. In addition, the WESS will benefit from extensive TV, web and print media exposure ensuring high levels of visibility.
The World Enduro Super Series is an eight-round multi-discipline enduro championship for professional and amateurs alike. Combining Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach Racing, the series will feature many of the world’s most well-established and well-supported events.
Requiring riders to showcase a wide range of skills and techniques, the WESS will provide a complete test of all competitor's abilities, with the series’ winner crowned the Ultimate Enduro Champion.
The 2018 World Enduro Super Series will begin on May 11th with the Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal. The championship will then take in the ErzbergRodeo (Austria), Le Trefle Lozerien AMV (France), Romaniacs (Romania), Megawatt (Poland), Gotland Grand National (Sweden) and one, as yet unannounced, additional event before finishing with the Knock Out Beach Race in The Netherlands on November 10th.
Diego Clement – Head of Motorsport at Husqvarna Motorcycles: “We are very pleased to announce that Husqvarna Motorcycles confirm their new direction by participating in the 2018 World Enduro Super Series. For Husqvarna, we feel that the WESS offers an exciting blend of enduro competitions, while still holding firm many of the true values of enduro sport. The series acknowledges the recent growth and popularity in cross-country and hard enduro competition, while also valuing classic enduro and beach racing. Bringing together a mixture of disciplines under one championship ensures that all aspects of enduro are addressed and that to win this series a rider must be a true all-rounder. For Husqvarna to be present at mass participation races is also important for us, it ensures that we can directly engage and interact with our valued customer and fan base. Finally, we wish the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team the very best of luck and success in WESS 2018.”
Andi Hoelzl – Team Manager Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing: “Competing in the World Enduro Super Series offers an exciting new challenge for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team in 2018. As a mixed discipline series, both the style of events and type of terrain on offer for next year ensure a complete test to our riders. Some events will favour one rider, another event will be better for a different rider, which adds an unpredictable outcome to each race. The WESS will entice competitors to step outside of their comfort zone if they are to become the Ultimate Enduro Champion. For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing we have a rider line-up that is capable of challenging for victory at each round. All riders are focused on ending the series as the inaugural WESS champion.”