JDR Motorsports KTM U.S. team manager Nathan Ramsey says he’s even more excited for next season after working with team riders Tye Simmonds and PJ Larsen for the first time in Brisbane’s Super X finale last weekend.
The former factory racer was on hand to support the JDR team in its quest for the Super X Lites title, and he was impressed with the team’s infrastructure and talent of Simmonds and Larsen.
“These guys are obviously both young and are both very good on a motorcycle, plus both have a lot of room to grow,” Ramsey said. “You put all of those things together and you’ve got a pretty exciting package.
“For sure if I can pass along a little bit of my experience, I just want to help out as much as I can. I’m excited – it’s going to be a good season for all of us.”
Ramsey was working with the team at a race meeting for the first time in preparation for next month’s AMA Supercross season opener in California, and he looks forward to taking the momentum into Anaheim 1 on 8 January.
“My first experience with the JDR team at an event was good,” Ramsey said. “They surround themselves with good people who are willing to work hard and that’s cool.
“It’s all about putting in 100 percent effort and at the end of the day you can walk away proud knowing that you did your best. I’m happy to be a part of JDR Motorsports and can’t wait to get things rolling in the U.S.”
Third place for 18-year-old wonder kid Simmonds saw him seal fourth in the series, and he’s now focussed on his career in the U.S. lead by Ramsay.
“I finished fourth in the championship, which is pretty good after an up and down year,” Simmonds said. “We head to the States on Wednesday, look for bigger and better things over there so I can’t wait to get testing.”
Simmonds’ result boosted KTM to the Manufacturers title in the Open class, while JDR finished third in the Teams title for the season thanks to Simmonds and American Mike Alessi – who finished seventh in the Open points despite returning to the U.S. before Brisbane.