Pourcel and KTM - What is the Future?
News Wednesday 17th October 2012 By Geoff Meyer
When news leaked out last week that 2006 FIM World MX2 Champion Christophe Pourcel would be racing the Bercy Supercross on November 9, 10 and 11 and on a local bike shops KTM 350cc machine many wondered if the difficult Frenchman would actually be moving to KTM full-time in 2013.
I spoke to the Bercy promoter Xavier Audouard last week and he confirmed that Pourcel would be in Bercy and on an orange bike. Audouard who also works for French Motocross magazine MotoVerte also mentioned that KTM had offered Pourcel full factory support, however Pourcel declined.
Of course at the moment Pourcel doesn't have a ride for the 2013 season and in many cases teams don't want to deal with the often difficult rider, but of course some do. He is afterall one of the most gifted riders on the planet.
His chances of getting to race either in Europe or America are not looking good at this stage, but does this one-off Supercross appearance actually open the door for Pourcel.
Pourcel is also a Monster Energy rider and that contract is over at the end of 2012, thus riding on a Red Bull KTM Factory machine probably isn't possible, but the question is will Pourcel actually be riding a KTM Factory bike in Bercy and then move into a full on KTM Factory deal in America in 2013.
Ryan Dungey is the king pin for KTM in America and when I asked Pit Beirer a few months ago about the chance of KTM signing Ryan Villopoto for the 2013 season (Villopotos contract with Kawasaki ended this year) Beirer mentioned that they wouldn't do it, and would put all their eggs in the one basket with Dungey.
In Europe Red Bull KTM made the decision recently to cut from three riders in MX1 and MX2 to having just two, with Antonio Cairoli and Ken De Dycker racing in the MX1 class and Jeffrey Herlings and Jordi Tixier racing the MX2 class.
Pourcel did run his own team in 2012 with Kawasaki so it might be possible that Pourcel goes in that direction with KTM, but of course that won't be known until that Monster Energy deal of Pourcels is over in December.
KTM have always been one of the companies that seem easy to work with and even the difficult Pourcel might find it easier to work for a team that has demands, rather than just bends over for his every need.