Ask any of KTM Australia's young MX2 pilots what their stance is on this weekend's opening round of the MX Nationals and you'll find they are, not surprisingly, impatient for it to start.
KTM has some of the sport‰Ûªs most exciting young men in a hurry amongst its MX2 ranks, and with the ability to provide competitive, ready-to-race machinery in either four-stroke or two-stroke engine configurations, its three rider squad will showcase both.
Caleb Ward, the likeable North Queenslander who finished last year‰Ûªs championship with a complete domination of the final round at Coolum, has proven what he can do on the two-stroke, and has switched to the KTM 250 SX-F for 2015.
Behind the smiling face, Ward has proven to be a complete monster on sandy circuits in the past, however his off-season training has held plenty of focus on getting consistently up to speed on hardback, to make him a more complete championship contender and few of his rivals would argue that he isn't exactly that.
‰ÛÏI did a lot of riding when I was back up home, just getting through the pre-season grind of riding 5 days a week, then I went to Newcastle for a while, tried to ride a few different tracks down there, and now being up on the Sunshine Coast it's been great riding with a lot more fast guys than I can up home." Ward commented.
"I‰Ûªm feeling pretty comfortable and confident and pretty keen to start racing. The transition to four-stroke has been really good. I rode one a little while back just for fun and I'm definitely more comfortable on the four-stroke now.
"Obviously there's a heap of talented kids coming up from U19s that I've grown up racing and a lot of the field from last year like Clout and Arbon that are going to be super fast, but I‰Ûªve been working really hard and I wouldn't want to set my goals anywhere below winning. All my aims this year are winning as much as possible to try to get the title.‰Û