Joining Gibbs will be 23-year-old talent Clout, who impressed as a rookie in MX1 this season and he feels that KTM will provide an ideal platform for him to further his career in the 450 ranks. The 2014 MX2 champion, who has immense international experience to his credit, is committed to a full motocross and supercross campaign in 2018.
"It was a goal of mine to get into the KTM Motocross Racing Team, the structure of the team and being close to my house really fits." Clout commented. "To get this opportunity has been really, really good for me. I couldn‰Ûªt be happier and more thankful to work with Jay and the entire team, everybody knows how strong the team is as a factory program - I think it will be another piece of the puzzle that will enable me to go out there and do good things on-track.
"I‰Ûªve ridden the KTM 450 SX-F once so far after some time off, I felt really good on it and I‰Ûªm just excited to move forward from this point and keep working together. This year was solid as a rookie on the 450 and I learnt a lot, so going into my second year with a great team and the people I have behind me, I‰Ûªm confident next year is definitely going to be a good one. I‰Ûªm excited to go racing!"
At 19 years of age, Mastin was previously announced to be transferring into the MX1 ranks, however it has since been decided for the teenager to wear the number one plate in MX2 as he challenges for back-to-back motocross crowns. He‰Ûªs also due to return for another season in SX2 later in the year.
"We decided that it would be good to stay another year in the 250 class to defend the title." Mastin explained. "There‰Ûªs no rush for me to go to the 450, so we thought it would be positive to develop further and get better all-round, in both motocross and supercross.
"I‰Ûªm really looking forward to defending the MX2 championship as part of the factory team and also on the KTM 250 SX-F. I have an awesome team around me and I am in such a good environment, with the best equipment. It‰Ûªs exciting to be on the four-stroke outdoors for next year and I think it will be even better for me considering the tracks that we are racing on, so there‰Ûªs a lot to look forward to for us as a team heading into 2018."