Abingdon, Virginia – AG Motorsports/KTM and Jimmy Albertson have decided to part ways just one week after the two agreed to an East Coast Supercross Lites ride for the 2011 season.
The decision was made by both parties that Jimmy would not have the time to be fully tested and comfortable on a 250F before the East Coast Supercross rounds begin in Houston on February 12th. Jimmy had been training and riding a 450 for the last year and dropping horsepower is a hard task to accomplish in a short amount of time. Not to mention changing manufactures. Jimmy is comfortable on his Honda 450 and moving to the KTM 250 was a big change in feel and horsepower.
"I was really looking forward to working with jimmy"… stated Al Albiker, Team Manager. "He had been riding and training on the 450 so far this year and was really looking fast. With that said when he rode the 250 he knew that it was going to take longer then he thought going from a 450 to a 250 after all this time to get that 450 speed he had. He wanted to know if we could put him on a 450. But we are set up to be a 250F team and would not have had enough time to get all that we would have needed to get Jimmy ready for Supercross on a 450."
"It was really hard to tell everyone that I just didn't feel comfortable with the switch"… said Jimmy Albertson. "Right now I'm really happy and comfortable with my current bike and suspension. It was going to be tough getting all the testing done that would have been necessary to make me comfortable with the bike. I don't have a problem with the 250 or the KTM, I just didn't want to go backwards in my program before my first Supercross and to hop on a new bike with limited testing was going to be tough. I'm really thankful that Al (Albiker) and everyone at the team understood about it all. I wish AG Motorsports the best and hope that maybe in the future we can be working together."
There are no plans to fill the vacancy on the team for the 2011 Supercross series. AG Motorsports/KTM will field a three man roster; #56 Phil Nicoletti, #60 Killy Rusk, and #690 Ricky Winters.
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