The FMF-backed KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team reached outside its internal walls for the first time since 2005 in search of a premiere suspension company. “We switched back to 48mm forks this year which allowed us to outsource a suspension provider to work alongside our WP Suspension technicians to ensure we get the best possible product for our race team,” stated FMF/KTM Racing Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “We found a great fit with Factory Connection.”
He continued, “Factory Connection has been a perfect fit for the FMF/KTM Team in many ways. First and foremost, they have years of industry experience and have brought a wealth of knowledge to our team. Secondly, they have facilities set up across the U.S. and in Canada which help our racing team tremendously. We are always bouncing back and forth between east and west coasts and Factory Connection’s multiple locations help make it easier for us to service our suspension in between race events.”
Factory Connection General Manager Steve Ross stated, “The opportunity to work with FMF/KTM Off-Road Racing ties into our service and product lines very nicely. The chance to work with new riders like Kurt Caselli and riders we have won championships with before like Charlie Mullins is exciting. Factory Connection is committed to attending all 13 GNCC rounds with our Trackside Support services including revalve, rebuild and FREE bike set up to help all riders in the GNCC Racing Series.”
The collaboration that began between KTM and Factory Connection at the end of the 2010 has already helped FMF/KTM Racing Team rider Kurt Caselli earn a win in the Hare & Hound and WORCS events and it assisted Charlie Mullins as he won the opening round of the GNCC Series. In addition to team riders, Caselli and Mullins, the FMF/KTM Team includes teammates, Mike Brown, Cory Buttrick, Russell Bobbitt and Kailub Russell. All team riders will ride with Factory Connection suspension. For more information on the FMF/KTM Team and Factory Connection please visit www.ktmusa.com and www.factoryconnection.com.
KTM is a European motorcycle manufacturer specializing in “Ready to Race” on and off road motorcycles and ATVs. Proven successes in worldwide competition are embodied into the design and function of each KTM. With more than 180 World Championships and counting, the technology, design and performance of KTM continues to race past the competition.
About Factory Connection
Factory Connection was built on the philosophy of providing the best suspension and related products while backing it up with industry leading customer service. Their wealth of knowledge, from real world testing and in-house spec projects is unparalleled in the industry. Their dedication and commitment to excellence, reinforces their mission in providing the best suspension products and customer/technical service to all their customers. Factory Connection offers more combined years of suspension experience than any other company in North America.