World Championship motocross team ICE1Racing has signed the Portuguese MX1 rider Rui Goncalves for the season 2013. The team has also changed its’ colors along with the agreement together with the KTM factory. ICE1Racing reaches to the top as a KTM factory satellite team.
ICE1Racing team owned by Kimi Räikkönen has singed Rui Goncalves for the MX1 season 2013. The Portuguese MX1 rider, who finished his GP season 2012 tenth, joins the team with set goals for the top.
“I am looking forward to riding for the ICE1Racing team, it’s been a pleasure to meet everyone. Their goal of working hard and developing the team to be at the top is something I really appreciate. I can’t wait to start riding on my new colors – it’s going to be a new challenge in my career and I’m motivated and ready for it”,commented the team’s newcomer Rui Goncalves.
ICE1Racing has alsosealed a contract together with the motorcycle manufacturer KTM. The World Championship motocross team has worked together with Kawasaki the past two seasons and reaches to the top now with new colors.
“We had two great seasons together with Kawasaki, we want to thank them for their support and good co-operation”, comments the team owner Kimi Räikkönen. “Along with the changes in our team, we were contacted by KTM factory. The new agreement takes us one wanted step forward.”
The Motorsport Manager of KTM Sportmotorcycle, Robert Jonas shares the goals set by Räikkönen.
“We are very happy and proud to welcome Kimi Räikkönen’s MX1 Team “ICE1 Racing” to the KTM family. The team structure has been completely changed for 2013 and we are very confident that ICE1Racing under new team manager Antti Pyrhönenwill fight for podiums in MX1 next season. We are also delighted that ICE1Racing reintroduces KTM MX2 Factory rider Rui Goncalves back into the extended Orange family. The former MX2 vice world champion will be riding alongside teammate Xavier Boog and both will ride the KTM 450SX-F. We are confident that Kimi, a driver who has had a distinguished F1 career and Antti who has a proven career in MX racing will be able to infuse Rui and Xavi with the spirit of Orange and they in turn will make their mark on the coming season. We wish the ICE1Racing every success with KTM in 2013.”
Rui Goncalves (17.5.1985)
2012 10. MX1 World Championship
2011 6. MX1 World Championship
2010 11. MX1 World Championship
2009 2. MX2 World Championship
2008 5. MX2 World Championship
2007 11. MX2 World Championship
2006 7. MX2 World Championship
2005 10. MX2 World Championship
2004 16. MX2 World Championship
2003 18. MX2 World Championship
2002 24. MX2 World Championship