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Five years ago Roger DeCoster
graced the March 2012 cover on
the anniversary of his first full
year at KTM. Here are some of his
thoughts about the sport.
About two-strokes: “We desperately need to keep them alive.
Their ease of maintenance, low cost
and fun factor are significant advantages that we can’t be so short-sighted as to not recognize. One of
the best things about two-strokes
is that motocross is something that
a father and son can do together.
They can spend time in the garage
working on the bike at night and
on the weekends at the races. With
a two-stroke, Dad doesn’t have to
be a genius to work on the bike.
He can contribute more than just
money to the family racing dynamic.
The four-stroke is a more complicated
engine with more opportunities to
make mistakes when working on it.
It lessens the experience for fathers
Greatest team manager
moment: “It was the 1981
Motocross and Trophee des
Nations. It was the first time that
the USA team won the MXDN.
That was the greatest feeling,
because people didn’t believe in
us—and especially because it was at
Lommel (in the sand).”
On signing with KTM: “I must
confess that during my time at
Honda and Suzuki I never thought
that KTM would ever be a serious
player in AMA Pro racing. And, I
never saw myself at KTM. I wish
that I could take some credit for
KTM’s current success, but I can’t.
I only hope that the race team can
add to it.”
KTM 450SXF vs. 350SXF:
“You have to understand that KTM
was winning with the 350SXF with
Antonio Cairoli. KTM had invested
a lot of money into the 350, and it
had proven to be a very good bike.
But, I don’t think that Ryan Dungey
would have come to us if we hadn’t
offered him a 450cc option.”
On politeness in a factory
rider: “From a selfish point of
view, it is much easier to work
with riders who are willing to listen. I don’t want to have to
convince a rider to take advice.
There are lots of riders who think
they are more than they really are.
They think they are stars, but
stars win.” ;
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5 YEARS AGO IN MXA—MARCH 2012