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KTM Australia Group withdraws from national off-road racing for 2020 | News

KTM Australia Group has announced it will forego participating at a Factory level in any Australian national off-road races for the remainder of 2020.

The decision is in response to the ongoing Government-imposed restrictions on travel and border closures, KTM Australia explains.

“With daily changes related to travel restrictions, whether or not racing can resume in 2020 is beyond all of our control, with the only certainty being COVID-19 does not abide by any schedule,” states Brad Hagi, Managing Director of the KTM Group Australia and New Zealand.

“This decision has not been made lightly and we would like to thank our outstanding riders, mechanics and dedicated sponsors for their support during these challenging times and look forward to what 2021 and beyond can offer.”

The KTM Group will refocus for the remainder of the year on the dealership network and riders through state-based activities, while looking forward with optimism for the 2021 racing season.

KTM Australia Welcomes Brad Hagi

After 25 years with KTM, March 2020 saw the end of an era, as Jeff Leisk retired from his role as General Manager of the KTM Group Australia and New Zealand. After years of success within the motorcycle industry both as a racer and businessman, Jeff handed over the reins to long time friend, Brad Hagi.

Since moving to Australia with his wife Zidzielia and their 3 dogs, Brad and his family have been enjoying their new home in the Sydney Harbourside suburb of Mosman, even adding a new cat to the family.

Brad’s introduction to the role of Managing Director of the KTM Group Australia and New Zealand comes during one of the most unprecedented times in modern history, however backed by his previous experience in the motorcycle industry on a global scale, Brad has taken the challenge head-on. Surrounded by the hard working KTM Group team and the outstanding dealer network, they were even able to record the companies best sales figures ever in June 2020.