MDK/KTM’s Wey, a pioneer on the KTM450, rings up another top ten premier SX class finish on the Monster AMA Supercross tour
CARLSBAD, Calif., (Feb. 20, 2008) – Team MDK/KTM’s Nick Wey brought the KTM450 home in another top ten position this past Saturday at Houston’s Reliant Stadium – continuing on his historic run in the 450/SX class for Factory KTM.
Wey’s 9th place finish packed on some more points to his 8th place standings in the Supercross class. The first rider every to achieve such results for Factory KTM on its 450cc four-stroke race bike, Wey is pumped to be carrying the torch in on the world’s premier racing stage for the successful Austrian company.
“When you break it down, it hasn’t been until this year that KTM’s really stepped up to challenge the traditional Japanese bikes in the class in the Supercross class,” said Wey. “With what we’re learning as a team and the input we’re giving on the bike being crucial to KTM’s design engineers, it’s very rewarding knowing the depth I’m involved with during these initial steps by KTM into American supercross.
“Years from now I’ll be a blip on KTM’s timeline, but in a way I think that’s pretty cool.”
Wey rolled into the main event with a conservative 8th place finish in the second heat race – having been outside the top ten (14th) with his pre-heat practice lap times (50.888).
“We worked on a few things between practice, my heat and the main and I was able to get a pretty good start,” said Wey, who came around in 8th place after the first lap. “The track was relatively smooth and I settled in, worked not to give up any spots while chasing the lead pack. And even though we weren’t able to stay on the lead lap, we came away from Houston with some good information that we’ll apply to Atlanta this weekend. Should be a good race. Big crowd.”
Wey has 77 points on the season, which puts him a little over 20 points behind the top five overall. Out of seven races he has five top ten finishes, including four in a row.
Next up for Wey and the MDK/KTM team is Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, Round Eight of 2008 Monster Energy Supercross (Feb. 23).
Also stepping up to back Wey this year, along with MDK and KTM, are a number of high level sponsors including: MSR, Spy Optic, Oxtar, Vans and Bell.
For more information on Wey and the MDK/KTM Motorsports team, link to: www.mdkspeed.com .
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