Roczen, Barcia, Millsaps, Baggett and Dean Wilson are some of the bigger names in AMA competition that are changing colours for 2015, and the latter – who performed so strongly for Team Great Britain at the recent Motocross of Nations – has already appeared in action for his new Red Bull KTM squad.
Wilson takes Roczen’s AMA 450MX title-winning 450SX-F for the fresh supercross and motocross season for what will be his first pro year away from Kawasaki and the confines of Pro Circuit with whom he aced the 2011 AMA Lucas Oil Pro National 250 motocross crown.
“It is a really big change,” he commented. “I had a few offers but KTM and Roger [De Coster] really wanted me and for two years in a row really tried [to sign him]. I just wanted to stay loyal to Kawasaki and Mitch. This year he had the offer again and a deadline and I had to make a decision.”
“I went for it because it is a solid team and if you look at the results this year then they killed it,” he adds. “Roger is really willing to help me out and get back on track. He sees something in me…which is really good. I think it is a going to be a fresh year for me and it will be new and exciting.”
Wilson rode the KTM in public for the first time at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event in California and is now working out of the confines of the workshop in Murrieta to get ready for his first racing bow at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas this weekend. The Scot is well aware of Red Bull KTM’s prowess on both sides of the Atlantic. The team have won either a supercross and motocross title for the last two years and have dominated MX2 and MXGP in Grand Prix since 2010.
“I’ve always said that in the future I want to do GPs; it is something I will enjoy and I want to travel the world,” the 22-year-old said. “It seems a bit more relaxed and I guess I feel more at home there, you could say. KTM is an Austrian company but they have a solid team over here [USA] and it would be cool to come over to Europe and ride for them.”