A Decade of Dirt: The KTM Timeline

A DECADE OF DIRT1991- Stefan Pierer and a group of investors–mostly KTM Managers andimporters–purchase the motorcycle division from the bankrupt KTM factory
- In Europe, American Mike Healey finishes second in the 250cc WorldChampionships
- Mike Fisher turns in consistent top finishes in the 250 Supercross. Afourth at the San Diego event is the highlight of Fisher’s career, and forKTM in America.
- Fisher finishes 250 Supercross series ranked eighth overall
- KTM support rider Keith Johnson qualifies for several 250 Supercross mainevents

1992
- Mike Fisher continues to be a common sight at 250 Supercross main events,though his results are not as strong
- KTM support rider Keith Johnson qualifies for several 250 Supercross mainevents

1993
- Team rider Cliff Palmer qualifies for every 250 Supercross main event
- Thanks to strong finishes in Supercross and the 250cc Nationals, Palmerearns National number 12
- KTM support rider Keith Johnson qualifies for several 250 Supercross mainevents

1994
- Team rider Cliff Palmer qualifies for several 250 Supercross main events

1995
- Team riders Jeff Dement and Tony Amaradio qualify for several 250Supercross main events
- Dement finishes seventh at Las Vegas Supercross
- Amaradio quits the team before the season is through

1996
- Jeff Dement returns to the team, which is now mounted on translucent orange bikes
- Lance Smail wins AMA Four-Stroke National Championship
- In Europe, New Zealander Shayne King wins 500cc World Championship

1997
- Lance Smail wins AMA Four-Stroke National Championship
- Smail gains crowd support as he races his big four-stroke in 250Supercross
- Smail becomes first rider in history to qualify for a 250 Supercross mainaboard a four-stroke

1998
- Lance Smail wins third-consecutive AMA Four-Stroke National Championshipon a Swedish Husaberg, which at the time was owned by KTM

1999
- Team rider Kelly Smith almost wins the St. Louis 125cc Supercross, but istaken out by eventual champ Ernesto Fonseca on the last lap.

2000
- KTM launches its biggest team to date. Team riders include DonovanMitchell, Andy Harrington, Rodrig Thain and Kelly Smith in the 125cc class; with Shayne King in the 250cc class
- Mitchell suffers paralyzing injuries in a pre-season warm-up race
- King holeshots several 250cc Nationals, but cannot maintain the pace
- Smith wins the Mt. Morris 125cc National, giving KTM its first taste ofStateside success
- In Europe, Joel Smets wins the 500cc World Championship
- In Europe, Grant Langston and James Dobb dominate the 125cc WorldChampionships. Langston takes the title.

2001
- KTM signs Red Bull as title sponsor of the American race team
- 125cc World Champion Grant Langston abandons the World Championships to race in America alongside new teammates Brock Sellards, David Pingree and Kelly Smith.
- Langston wins Glen Helen pre-season Supercross race
- Pingree finishes fourth at the Anaheim season opener

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