KTM Motorsports has announced that Belgian rider Ken de Dycker has been signed to ride for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team MX1 lineup for the 2013 season.
De Dycker was brought in to the team in 2012 to stand in for the injured Max Nagl and has performed well as the replacement rider. He joins five times World Champion Tony Cairoli as the second rider in MX1.
KTM’s MX1 factory team manager Claudio de Carli said the team was happy that they had been able to give de Dycker the confidence to perform well as the replacement rider. “We realized after a while that Ken was riding well and doing his best to finish in the top five so we decided to confirm him for the whole of the current season and obviously now also for next year. I hope he will continue to deliver the same level of satisfaction and to make a positive contribution to the team,” Claudio de Carli said.
At the time of signing after the MX1 GP of the Czech Republic in Loket, de Dycker was in a solid overall fifth in the 2012 championship standings. Cairoli is both the reigning champion and the current points leader with an advantage of 30 points over second placed Clement Desalle of Belgium.