PRO RIDING TACTICS
KTM is also using an air shock, something that all of the factories envision
as the future. Data acquisition is huge,
both in suspension performance and
engine properties. All teams can set
up ignitions and injection systems to
perform per a track’s specs, and the
buzzword in the pits is that traction
control is rampant at the factory level.
So, here’s a look at the trickery in
the pits. Feast your eyes and drool, as
these machines are said to go for a
cool 65 to 70 thousand dollars! And, in
two to four years, you will probably see
some of this technology on a bike at
your local showroom. ❏
INSIDE THE WORKS BIKES
Both the factory Kawasaki and the Discount Tire team
run factory motors and Pro Circuit exhaust systems.
Some Hinson clutch parts are used, though the basket
and pressure plate are full-factory units. Reed’s team
prefers the Bones-designed Pro Circuit dog bone to
control the rising rate and shock height.
Team Troy Lee has elevated their cause by switching to KTM. Their athletes and their results have improved hugely on machines that “look”
like Hondas. Team Husky is a force, and Osborne is a player on what is
considered to be last year’s KTM. Power does not seem to be an issue.
Pro Circuit is again in the limelight with Tyler Bowers’s results and vocal
adrenaline. His teammate, Chris Aldridge, is struggling on the KX-F,
which seems to have plenty of boost.