Motocross

Ford Dale joins Kirk Gibbs at Motorex KTM for 2014

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KTM Australia has confirmed that 2012 MX2 Champion Ford Dale will join the Motorex KTM squad for 2014, riding a KTM450SX-F in motocross and supercross competition.

Hailing from Alexandra Headlands in Queensland, Dale will fill the seat left vacant by North Queenslander Todd Waters, the Motorex KTM team‰Ûªs 2013 MX Nationals Vice Champion who has gone on to an MX1 factory ride in Grand Prix motocross for 2014.

Dale was ruled out of the 2013 season back in May when he damaged both ACL and MCL ligaments in his left knee, and has been undergoing intensive training and conditioning in preparation for 2014, including riding the new 450SX-F he took delivery of last week.

The 25-year-old will be reunited with former team mate Kirk Gibbs, with whom he rode in MX2 competition in 2011, and will begin his contract with the team on December 1.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs awesome to do this deal."Dale stated. "I haven‰Ûªt ridden KTM since I rode the first ever KTM60, and I hadn‰Ûªt ridden one since, so I‰Ûªm so pumped to be part of the best team on the circuit.

"I know Rob pretty well and I‰Ûªm looking forward to working with him. It seems to be the team moving forward and I‰Ûªm pumped to be a part of it. I‰Ûªm also pumped to be back in MX1 again and I‰Ûªm definitely there to win. I believe in the program I‰Ûªm doing and winning is the main goal.

"I‰Ûªll be back with Gibbsy again which is pretty cool. He and I get along fine; we were team mates on the Serco team and we‰Ûªre a similar speed and always battling.

"I had my first ride on the bike yesterday and I love it, I still haven‰Ûªt taken the smile off my face since yesterday. It steers really good and I‰Ûªm looking forward to testing and seeing how good we can get it. I‰Ûªll test before Christmas and then a little more before we head to New Zealand so it should be good.

"I‰Ûªm in probably the best shape I‰Ûªve ever been in right now. BT and I sat down after the injury and made a plan from June until January with structured training, and I‰Ûªve been working hard with my trainer since June.‰Û

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