The bike that almost won
Not all projects go as planned. Not all stories have a happy end- ing. Some don’t have an ending at all.
That’s the case here. The bike before you was conceived one
year ago when Justin Jones took a KTM off-road bike to the MTA
Two-Stroke World Championship. It was little more than a whim—a
test bike hastily repurposed for motocross. It was good enough for
a seventh overall, but not at all the right bike for the job. That event
started turning the gears for both Jones and Bonanza Plumbing
owner Dean Potts.
Dean was the driving force behind KTM’s Baja effort. He’s a rider,
a fan and a businessman, and, most relevant, he likes two-strokes.
His plan for the 2014 two-stroke race combined all those elements.
He wanted to buy a bike for himself, but before riding it, he would
set it up specifically for Jones so he could have a realistic crack at
winning. Not an off-road bike, not a worn-out test bike, not something built for someone else; this would be a bike designed for one
man to win one specific race.