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2017 FMF KTM Factory Racing Team Announced

2017 FMF KTM Factory Racing Team Announced


MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM Motorsports has officially announced its FMF KTM Factory Racing Team lineup for 2017, showcasing a versatile lineup of the nation’s best offroad racers. The six-rider roster includes Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell, Kacy Martinez, Russell Bobbitt, Cody Webb and Ivan Ramirez – all of which are returning from the 2016 season.

Shifting gears from his previous season in the World EnduroGP, Robert will contest the AMA National Hare & Hound Championship this season, as well as WORCS and select extreme enduro events across the globe. For this, Robert will race aboard the KTM 450 XC-F. Coming off a successful run at the 2016 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), the ISDE Overall Individual Winner and leading the U.S. Trophy Team to its first-ever Gold Medal, Robert enters the 2017 season with an all-new set of championship-winning goals.

Russell, a four-time AMA Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC) Champion, will return to the team’s lineup following an announcement earlier this year detailing a career-contract with the team. Aboard the championship-proven KTM 350 XC-F, Russell will attempt to become the winningest GNCC racer in series history as he enters the 2017 season only seven wins away from Scott Summers in the top position. Additionally, the 2015 AMA National Enduro Champion will return to the series full time after missing out on the opportunity to defend his title last season due to injury. Russell will compete on a KTM 250 XC-F for the National Enduro Series.

With multiple national championships under her belt ranging from coast to coast, Martinez has proven her versatility in the offroad world as a two-time GNCC Champion, three-time WORCS Champion, X-Games Women’s EnduroX Gold Medal and two AMA Western Hare Scramble championships. Martinez is expanding her horizons in 2017 to compete full-time in the AMA National Hare & Hound Series, as well as the AMA EnduroCross Series, where she will pilot a KTM 250 XC-F in pursuit of two first-time offroad titles.

Five-time AMA National Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt will return to the lineup in 2017 to defend his title aboard the KTM 250 XC-F. Additionally, Bobbitt will compete in the full GNCC Series for the first time ever as he continues to prepare to become a serious contender in the series.

The two-time AMA EnduroCross Champion returns for his second season with the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team. Webb, who finished a close 2nd in 2016, will pilot the KTM 350 EXC-F in the EnduroCross Series as he looks to reclaim the title in 2017. Webb will also compete in select extreme enduro events aboard the KTM 300 XC throughout the season.

Ramirez will return to the lineup in 2017 to compete aboard the KTM 450 X-F in both the AMA National Hare & Hound Series and WORCS. The 2015 AMA National Hare & Hound Champion will look to reclaim the No. 1 plate after battling back from injury during the last season.

With championship-proven equipment and riders on board, the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team is pleased to announce the addition of multi-time offroad champion Charlie Mullins as the exclusive trainer for its riders. Mullins, who recently retired from racing due to ongoing wrist injuries, will work under the umbrella of Aldon Baker to provide a championship-winning program for the offroad racing team.

Team Manager Antti Kallonen: “The 2016 season was very successful as the team captured five major offroad championships and several other big moments throughout the season. With Charlie Mullins staying on as the team’s exclusive trainer, we will have the same solid group once again and we’re looking forward to going after even more championships in 2017.”

Kailub Russell Earns 40th Career-Victory

Kailub Russell Earns 40th Career-Victory in GNCC Racing at Ironman Season Finale

Round 13 – GNCC Series – October 30, 2016


CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell earned his 40th career-victory in GNCC Racing on Sunday at the Ironman Grand National Cross Country finale in Indiana. His teammate, Russell Bobbitt, concluded the year with a strong top-five overall finish, while Kacy Martinez earned an impressive 2nd overall out of nearly 900 riders in the 10 a.m. race.

Held at Indiana’s famed Ironman Raceway, Round 13 of the GNCC Series showcased the largest rider turnout in the series’ history with a massive crowd of fans to match. While Kailub Russell wrapped up the XC1 Pro National Championship one round early, the four-time champion proved his winning desire with a hard-fought performance at the final round.

1 p.m. Race

As the green flag dropped, both Russell and Bobbitt got off to a mid-pack start as they entered the motocross section just outside the top five. By the end of the first lap, it was Russell out front aboard his KTM 350 XC-F, with Bobbitt close behind in 4th, also piloting a KTM 350 XC-F.

Russell was joined by Thad DuVall early on for the lead battle and by lap two the duo had built a sizable gap over the rest of the field. DuVall was able to get into the lead on lap four but a very determined Russell quickly charged back and overtook the top spot. Russell and DuVall continued to battle side-by-side into the final hour of racing but DuVall made a mistake that dropped him back to a 40-second deficit with two laps to go.

Russell was able to maintain his pace and consistency to ultimately finish 38 seconds ahead of DuVall to claim his 40th career-victory in GNCC Racing. Russell’s career milestone also serves as his 10th race win of the 13-round series, a feat that has never been done until now.

Kailub Russell: “It’s pretty cool to think that I’ve won 40 overalls since I started racing XC1 in 2011. The season has been good – 10 races is the most that anyone has won in a single season so I’m happy to make that happen along with a fourth GNCC title. The race was tough and Thad was riding really well in the first half but I just stayed focus on making good line choices and minimizing the mistakes and it paid off.”

Bobbitt maintained his 4th place position for the first half of the three-hour race but a small mistake in a slick rock section caused him to drop back a few positions on lap four. From there, the five-time National Enduro Champion climbed his way back up to the 5th place position, where he ultimately finished for the day.

Russell Bobbitt: “It was definitely rough out there but I had a lot of fun. I just tried to find the smoothest lines and connect things a little better. It was a pretty steady race – I know I have room to improve with GNCCs but a top five finish at the season finale is a good way to end the year and have a good stepping block into next season.”

Westfield Powersports/KTM-mounted Jordan Ashburn had a solid day of racing to ultimately finish 6th in the XC1 Pro Class, while SRT/KTM’s Cory Buttrick finished 9th. It was a tough ending to the day for SRT/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr., who experienced a mechanical issue a few miles from the finish while running in the 3rd place position.

10 a.m. Race

In the 10 a.m. race, FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kacy Martinez powered her KTM 250 XC-F into a top three position off the start, where she engaged in a battle with Becca Sheets for the lead position. Martinez remained within striking distance of the leader all race until losing some time on the final lap due to lapped traffic. Martinez ultimately finished 2nd in the WXC Class and 2nd overall for the day.

Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Combined)

1. Kailub Russell – KTM
2. Thad DuVall
3. Grant Baylor
4. Ricky Russell
5. Russell Bobbitt – KTM
6. Jordan Ashburn – KTM
7. Benjamin Kelley
8. Layne Michael
9. Cory Buttrick – KTM
10. Vance Francis

WXC Results

1. Becca Sheets
2. Kacy Martinez – KTM
3. Mackenzie Tricker

Overall Point Standings

1. Kailub Russell (316)
2. Josh Strang (236)
3. Trevor Bollinger (166)
4. Jordan Ashburn (161)
5. Thad DuVall (155)
6. Steward Baylor Jr. (148)
7. Ricky Russell (141)
8. Craig DeLong (137)
9. Grant Baylor (132)
10. Layne Michael (122)

WXC Point Standings

1. Becca Sheets (178)
2. Kacy Martinez (172)
3. Brooke Cosner (165)
4. Kendall Lafollette (135)
5. Shelby Rolen (134)

Kailub Russell Clinches 2016 GNCC National Championship

Kailub Russell Clinches 2016 GNCC National Championship at Penultimate Round

Round 12 – GNCC Series – October 2, 2016


ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell wrapped up his fourth consecutive GNCC National Championship on Sunday with his ninth victory of the season at Round 12 of the 2016 Grand National Cross Country Series in Ohio.

Russell came into the penultimate round with a good opportunity to wrap up the title but the defending champ was still tasked with three hours of racing against the nation’s best offroad racers, as well as a difficult course to conquer. Russell wasn’t the first rider off the line but he quickly put his KTM 350 XC-F into the 2nd place position on the opening lap, paving a favorable start to the day.

Russell applied heavy pressure to the leader, Josh Strang, early on and was eventually able to make a pass for the lead before the first lap was complete. From there, Russell worked on creating a comfortable gap between himself and the rest of the pack, while maintaining a “championship mindset” along the way.

Russell led flag-to-flag en route to his fourth consecutive GNCC National Championship, despite a few obstacles along the way.

Russell: “I didn’t get the greatest start again but I made some moves and got into the lead early. I pulled a gap and tried to settle into a pace but it was really slick and I was on the edge a little bit. I tried to go in and stabilize it and then Thad caught me, so we rode together at the end but I was trying to focus on the task at hand and get the win done. I had a good time today, I’m happy to get the win and happy to wrap up the championship one round early.”

Westfield Powersports/KTM-mounted Jordan Ashburn put forth a solid ride to secure 4th overall – just narrowly missing a podium finish. SRT/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. finished 7th overall, while his teammate Cory Buttrick finished 9th overall.

In the 10 a.m. race, FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kacy Martinez powered her KTM 250 XC-F into the early lead in the WXC class. Martinez led the early portion of the two-hour race where she battled it out with Becca Sheets for the lead position. The duo went back-and-forth for the lead spot but Sheets made the move on Martinez to overtake the lead on the final lap where Martinez went on to secure 2nd place for the day.

Next Event: Crawfordsville, Indiana – October 30, 2016

Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Combined)

Kailub Russell – KTM
Thad DuVall
Ricky Russell
Jordan Ashburn – KTM
Layne Michael
Grant Baylor
Steward Baylor Jr. – KTM
Chris Bach
Cory Buttrick – KTM
Trevor Bollinger
WXC Results
Becca Sheets
Kacy Martinez – KTM
Brooke Cosner
Kendall Lafollette
Samantha Steiner – KTM

Overall Point Standings

Kailub Russell (316)
Josh Strang (236)
Trevor Bollinger (166)
Jordan Ashburn (161)
Steward Baylor Jr. (155)
Thad DuVall (148)
Steward Baylor Jr. (141)
Ricky Russell (137)
Craig DeLong (132)
Grant Baylor (122)

WXC Point Standings

Becca Sheets (177)
Kacy Martinez (169)
Brooke Cosner (165)
Kendall Lafollette (134)
Shelby Rolen (127)

Russell Bobbitt Maintains Overall Points Lead

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Russell Bobbitt Maintains Overall Points Lead After Rough Finish at Rattlesnake National Enduro

Round 6 – AMA National Enduro Series – July 24, 2016


CROSS FORK, Pa. – Round 6 of the AMA National Enduro Series took place on Sunday with the Rattlesnake National in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania. It was a rough ending to the day for FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt after a pair of crashes on the final test resulted in a 6th place finish in the Pro Class. Despite finishing outside the top three for the first time all season, Bobbitt still maintains the lead in the Overall National Championship points with three rounds remaining in the series.

Following two consecutive overall wins, Bobbitt came into Round 6 with high confidence as he set out for three-in-a-row aboard his KTM 250 XC-F. The Rattlesnake National Enduro showcased dry and rocky terrain, grass track sections and very dusty conditions that made for low visibility and scarce passing opportunities. The first test of the day presented a grass track section, where Bobbitt finished in 4th amongst a tight-knit group of front-runners. From there, the top riders continued to post close times through the first five tests and Bobbitt maintained a consistent position throughout the day.

Heading into the sixth and final test, Bobbitt sat only four seconds behind Josh Strang in the 2nd place position. Bobbitt was well on his way to extending his five-race podium streak when he succumbed to the rocky conditions, crashing twice in the final test.

“I was feeling good all day,” Bobbitt said. “I knew the final test was going to be the rockiest of the day and I ended up crashing twice. My front wheel was out of alignment so I had to stop and hit it on a tree to straighten it out, which lost important time.”

After six rounds, Bobbitt now holds a nine-point advantage over Grant Baylor in the Overall National Championship Standings.

After winning the final test of the day, SRT/KTM rider Steward Baylor Jr. put his KTM 450 XC-F atop the Pro Class podium with a 3rd place finish for the day. Baylor now holds 3rd place in the Overall National Championship Standings after six rounds of racing.

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kacy Martinez was forced to sit out of Round 6 due to a fractured radius and ulna in her left arm, which was sustained during the last round of GNCC in June. Martinez is expected to return back to racing at Round 7 of the National Enduro Series, where she will continue to vie for the Women’s Class Championship.

Next Event: August 28, 2016 – Chandlersville, Ohio

Overall Results

1. Grant Baylor

2. Josh Strang

3. Thorn Devlin – KTM

4. Steward Baylor – KTM

5. Ryder Lafferty

6. Nick Fahringer

7. Russell Bobbitt – KTM

8. Jesse Groemm – KTM

9. Cory Buttrick – KTM

10. Craig DeLong

Overall Results Women’s Class

1. Shawn Davidson – KTM

2. Jamie Wells – KTM

3. Kiersten McDonal – KTM

4. Valerie Crews – KTM

5. Kristin Zmuda – KTM

6. Ashlee Applewhite – KTM

Overall Point Standings Pro Class

1. Russell Bobbitt – 149

2. Grant Baylor – 140

3. Steward Baylor – 137

4. Josh Strang – 97

5. Jesse Groemm – 91

Overall Point Standings Women’s Pro Class

1. Shawn Davidson – 156

2. Kacy Martinez – 145

3. Ashlee Applewhite – 103

Kailub Russell Signs Contract Extension With FMF KTM Factory Racing Team

Multi-Time Off-Road Champion Kailub Russell Signs Unprecedented Contract Extension With FMF KTM Factory Racing Team

June 29, 2016


MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to announce that multi-time GNCC Champion and reigning National Enduro Champion, Kailub Russell, has signed a four-year contract extension with the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team. Russell’s unprecedented contract extension includes an additional four years that will carry out through the duration of Russell’s racing career.

Russell, 26, began racing KTM motorcycles at a young age and has continued to ‘bleed orange’ for a vast majority of his racing career. Under the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team, Russell won two consecutive XC2 Pro Lites GNCC Championships in 2009 and ’10 before joining the premier XC1 Pro Class in ‘11. Russell won his first XC1 Pro GNCC Championship in ‘13, following it up with a second title in ’14. In 2015 Russell represented the USA World Trophy Team at the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Kosice, Slovakia where he sustained a torn ACL and other ligament damage while running as the top American. Just one month later, Russell went on to make history as the first rider to win a GNCC and National Enduro Championship in the same year before having surgery to repair his damaged knee.

“I’m happy to know that I’m going to be able to complete my career where it all began – with KTM,” Russell commented. “It’s the only brand I’ve ever ridden since they’ve made a model for each class so it’s only fitting for me to be loyal to the company that has provided me with the tools I need to continue to accomplish my goals.”

“It is one of my career highlights to be able to sign Kailub – who has been with KTM since day one – with a contract that secures him for the duration of his racing career,” said Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “It’s such a great feeling to see a rider that we signed from day one work so hard for many years to achieve his current success and to know that our relationship will continue throughout the rest of his racing career.”

After nine rounds of the GNCC Series, Russell holds a 15-point lead in the National Championship point standings. The GNCC Series heads into a two-month summer break, resuming with racing on September 11, 2016 in New Berlin, New York.

Factory FMF KTM Racing Team Report: Tomahawk GNCC

Factory FMF KTM Racing Team Report: Tomahawk GNCC
Round 8 – GNCC Series – June 12, 2016


ALPINE, N.Y. – Round 8 of the GNCC Series took place on Sunday in Alpine, New York where Factory FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Kailub Russell put forth an impressive come-from-behind performance to climb from dead last to 1st place before another rider collided with him on the final lap, leaving his bike too damaged to finish the race. Russell’s teammate, Russell Bobbitt, finished 5th place in the XC1 Pro Class, while Kacy Martinez captured 2nd place in the WXC division.

With XC1 Pro Class lap times under 24 minutes, the Tomahawk GNCC course showcased a fast-paced and rough afternoon of racing, complete with high winds and very dusty conditions. Off the start, Bobbitt powered his KTM 250 XC-F into a favorable top-three position, while Russell began the three-hour race at the very end of the pack, roughly one minute behind the leaders on the opening lap.

As they checked in for lap one, Bobbitt held the 3rd place position with a hard-charging Russell up to 6th place aboard his KTM 350 XC-F. By lap two, the Factory FMF KTM Racing teammates assumed the 2nd and 3rd place positions, with Bobbitt at the helm of the charge toward the leader of Josh Strang.

On lap three, Russell made the pass on Bobbitt to take over 2nd place where he immediately upped the pace, cutting the deficit to Strang in half by making up 13 seconds in one lap. From there, Russell continued his charge to the front as he came within six seconds of the leader as the white flag came out to signal one lap to go.

Russell gave it his all during the final lap of the race as he caught and passed Strang to take over the lead with about five miles to go. However, as Strang attempted to reclaim the lead he collided with Russell and both riders went down. Russell received the worst of it as he hit a tree at such high impact that his motorcycle was broken beyond repair. Strang was able to remount and finish the race out front, while Russell was unable to finish the race.

With a five-race win-streak behind him, Russell now sits 2nd in the Overall National Championship standings as the GNCC Series hits its halfway point.

Bobbitt went on to capture 5th place in the XC1 Class and 8th overall for the day. In only his third GNCC appearance of the season, the current National Enduro Championship points leader continues to make improvements in preparation for the three-hour GNCC races.

“The track was really fun today, it was littered with shale rocks, twisty turns and some cool elevation,” Bobbitt said. “I’ve been working hard on my preparation for these longer races and we’re starting to see the difference in laptimes so it’s good.”

In the 10 a.m. race, FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kacy Martinez shot off the line to capture the WXC holeshot aboard her KTM 250 XC-F. Martinez led the opening lap until Becca Sheets made the pass to take over the lead. Sheets and Martinez diced back-and-forth for the lead position for a majority of the race but soon ran into lapped traffic, which allowed Sheets to break away out front.

Martinez wasn’t able to make up the lost time from the lapped traffic, where she ultimately finished in 2nd place behind Sheets. With five races remaining, Martinez sits 3rd in the WXC Championship standings.

Next Event: Snowshoe, West Virginia – June 26, 2016

Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Combined)

1.Josh Strang
2.Grant Baylor
3.Jordan Ashburn – KTM
4.Trevor Bollinger
5.Ricky Russell
6.Jesse Groemm – KTM
7.Layne Michael
8.Russell Bobbitt – KTM
9.Craig DeLong
10.Josh Toth – KTM

Results WXC Class

1.Becca Sheets
2.Kacy Martinez – KTM
3.Brooke Cosner

Overall Point Standings

1.Josh Strang (197)
2.Kailub Russell (196)
3.Trevor Bollinger (107)
4.Chris Bach (105)
5.Jordan Ashburn (105)
6.Craig DeLong (93)
7.Thad DuVall (84)
8.Steward Baylor Jr. (83)
9.Grant Baylor (81)
10.Ricky Russell (80)

Overall Point Standings WXC

1.Becca Sheets (150)
2.Brooke Cosner (144)
3.Kacy Martinez (139)

12th Annual KTM Youth Day Returns to John Penton GNCC

12th Annual KTM Youth Day Returns to John Penton GNCC


MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to announce details for its 12th Annual KTM Youth Day, a special celebration focusing on the future of off-road racing, held this Sunday, May 28 at the historic John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio.

Serving as Round 7 of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, the John Penton GNCC embraces KTM history as the event is named after the man who originally imported the KTM motorcycle from Austria into the United States. As a salute to Mr. John Penton, KTM will once again offer a special weekend of activities centered on youth racing.

Every Youth motorcycle racer who enters the John Penton GNCC will receive a commemorative Youth Day t-shirt featuring Charlie Mullins. Youth racers will receive a ticket at GNCC Registration in which they can redeem for a free t-shirt at the KTM semi.

All riders and race fans are encouraged to stop by the FMF KTM Factory Racing semi in the pro pits to visit the riders and check out their race bikes. The legendary John Penton and his son Jack Penton will be on hand throughout the weekend to talk with race fans and cheer on the KTM riders.

Recently retired FMF KTM Factory Racing Team member Charlie Mullins will be on-site to encourage Youth motorcycle racers throughout the 8 a.m. Youth race before joining his teammates Kailub Russell and Kacy Martinez at the finish line area to award each Youth motorcycle racer with a finisher medallion upon completion of their race. The FMF KTM Factory Racing racers will be present during the podium celebration and each Youth racer that lands on the podium will get a photo taken with the factory riders.

Additionally, current National Enduro Series points leader and FMF KTM Factory racer Russell Bobbitt will also be on hand, as he will join the remainder of the 2016 GNCC Series full-time beginning at Round 7.

Youth racing begins at 8 a.m., followed by the WXC Class at 10 a.m. and the XC1 Pro Class will take off at 1 p.m. from Millfield, Ohio.

Kailub Russell Secures Fourth Consecutive Victory at the Limestone 100 GNCC

Kailub Russell Secures Fourth Consecutive Victory at the Limestone 100 GNCC


GNCC Round 6 – May 15

SPRINGVILLE, Ind. – FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kailub Russell captured his fourth consecutive victory of the season on Sunday at Round 6 of the 2016 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series in Springville, Indiana. After three grueling hours of battle, Russell executed an impressive last-lap pass on Josh Strang to ultimately secure the lead just moments before the checkered flag.

The Limestone GNCC saw heavy rainfall throughout the day on Saturday, making for muddy conditions on Sunday afternoon. In the XC1 Pro race, Russell got a decent jump off the line but he soon came together with Josh Strang on the slick off-camber straight-away, where he fell back to a mid-pack start. Russell quickly bounced back and made his way up to the front, where he engaged in a four-way battle for the lead with Thad DuVall, Josh Strang and Jordan Ashburn.

The front-runners swapped the lead several times throughout the three-hour race, with three different riders leading the way during the last three laps. With his eyes set on the lead position, Russell made a few mistakes late in the race that kept him in the 2nd place position heading into the final lap of racing.

As the white flag flew it was Strang who led the way, followed closely by Russell and DuVall but a quick pit stop then allowed DuVall to jump out front with the checkered flag in sight. However, things quickly changed as Strang reclaimed the lead with Russell on his tail heading into the final moments of the race. With about one mile left to go, Russell made a spectacular pass on Strang to reclaim the lead and ultimately earn his fourth consecutive victory this season.

“Coming into the last lap and the finish area I was almost settling for second because there was nowhere to pass, but Josh took a different line than I did and I got a good drive and good traction to get around the outside.”

Russell added, “It was a really tough day – the track was gnarly but it was fun and challenging,” Russell said. “It was really hard to lead, it was much easier to follow but those are the ones that are the most fun to race!”

In the 10 a.m. race, FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kacy Martinez got a good jump off the line and grabbed the lead after the first corner. Unfortunately due to the rough track conditions and slick rocks, Martinez got hung up and fell back to 3rd on lap two before making her way back into the 2nd place position.

Martinez then ran into an issue when she stalled the bike and couldn’t get it started, where she sat for about 40 minutes. After falling outside of the top ten, Martinez bounced back and charged her way into 7th place, where she salvaged some championship points for the day.

Next Event: Springville, Indiana – May 15, 2016

Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Combined)

1. Kailub Russell – KTM

2. Josh Strang

3. Thad DuVall

4. Jordan Ashburn – KTM

5. Chris Bach

6. Trevor Bollinger

7. Craig DeLong

8. Benjamin Kelley

9. Joshua Toth

10. Daniel Milner

Results WXC Class

1. Brooke Cosner

2. Tayla Jones

3. Becca Sheets

4. Sarah Baldwin

5. Allie Spurgeon – KTM

6. Samantha Steiner

7. Kacy Martinez – KTM

Overall Point Standings

1. Kailub Russell (166)

2. Josh Strang (142)

3. Chris Bach (105)

4. Jordan Ashburn (84)

5. Daniel Milner (80)

6. Trevor Bollinger (77)

7. Ryan Sipes (66)

8. Craig DeLong (65)

9. Steward Baylor Jr. (62)

10. Thad DuVall (53)

Overall Point Standings WXC

1. Becca Sheets (112)

2. Brooke Cosner (109)

3. Kacy Martinez (100)

Mullins Retires from Professional Motorcycle Racing

Mullins Retires from Professional Motorcycle Racing


Murrieta, CA – FMF KTM Factory rider Charlie Mullins announced his retirement from professional motorcycle racing today after confirmation that his wrist injured in 2014, would never heal in a manner that would safely allow him to compete.

Mullins, a former GNCC and National Enduro Series Champion, has spent the past two years battling back from dual-wrist injuries. Despite six surgeries and relentless hours in the gym, training to the best condition he has been in during his career, the wrist could not be repaired to the level of stability and flexibility needed to race professionally.

An excerpt from Mullins retirement letter stated, “The injuries I sustained in my practice crash in May 2014 were career ending. At the time, I knew my injury was bad, but in retrospect had no idea the severity of my situation. Every time I ride the pain gets more unbearable and I become a little less in control of the bike. I have no grip strength in either hand. I cannot physically bend my wrist back far enough to twist the throttle properly. I cannot hold on to the bike. In fact, I do not even have the tendon responsible for grip strength, in either hand. I am a danger to myself on the track, and I do not feel comfortable racing at the speed it takes to win.”

Mullins injury included a perilunate dislocation and torn ligaments in his right wrist and a scaphoid fracture in his left wrist. He received surgery on both wrists that year and came back at the end of the season. In the final GNCC, he re-injured his left wrist. Not knowing the severity of that injury he competed in the ISDE the following week. He raced the entire week to help Team USA earn 2nd overall that year. When he returned home, the doctor informed him that the screw in the left wrist was broken and damaging the bone further. The doctor performed a bone graft surgery on the left wrist in hopes of saving the scaphoid bone. In the right wrist, Mullins was experiencing popping and grinding in his wrist and it was deemed unstable. At this point Mullins decided to repair the right wrist with a partial fusion at the same time (as the bone graft) in hopes of making it more stable and being able to return to racing quicker. Six months later, the doctor determined the bone graft failed when the bone died in the left wrist and a partial fusion would be necessary, resulting in both hands have partial wrist fusions.

Mullins took the entire 2015 season off to recover from those surgeries. He raced 5 races in the 2016 season with great pain. On his most recent doctor visit they informed him that the bones in the right wrist have shifted and the staple from the partial fusion appears to be coming undone. There are no viable solutions to fix the wrist to a level he would need to compete.

“It is truly devastating news to find out Charlie can no longer race,” stated FMF KTM Factory Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “I was looking forward to seeing Charlie complete a healthy season. However, there is nothing worse than trying to ride through pain and putting yourself or those around you in danger. At the same time, he could cause further damage to his wrists that could have bigger lifelong consequences.”

Mullins stated, “I want you (my fans, family, sponsors) to know I fought to not be the statistic. I thought if I trained harder than anyone else, put in more time on the bike, rode through the pain, maybe it would work out for me. I could be the exception. Man, I wanted that to be true. I held on to that hope for two years. I spent two years, praying and sweating my way through the pain, trying to get back to where I was and it’s taken a toll on me. It wasn’t until last Thursday that my hope was gone. Once the hope is gone, I knew I couldn’t get on the bike safely again. I have family to care for and I cannot risk my life knowing I’m not in control.”

Mullins concluded by thanking his family and sponsors for continued support and remarked, “Feel no pity for me. I had a decorated career. I won races. I battled with the best in the world and I am proud of what I was able to accomplish in my 10 years of professional racing.”

Kallonen added, “Rather than feeling down, I want to look ahead on the new opportunities that Charlie will have as I know whatever the future holds he will be successful. I also want to recognize his racing accomplishments and to thank him for being a great role model for young riders and representing our off-road industry with the highest standard.”