It takes a gambler to win and the Austrian motorcycle maker KTM took that gamble on the weather last Friday while throwing a holiday party slash track day at its local Pala Raceway. Known locally for its Indian casino, Pala, California and its motocross raceway was the site of KTM’s Christmas gift to owners and […]
Husqvarna Names Robert Jonas Head Of Motorsport
Effective immediately, Husqvarna Motorcycles has named 39 year-old, Robert Jonas as Head of Motorsport. He will be responsible for all of Husqvarna’s racing activities, including Motocross, Enduro, Extreme Enduro, and Moto3 road racing programs.
As a former motocross racer Robert Jonas has been involved in motorcycle racing for much of his life. An Austrian National Motocross Champion in 1998 and 1999, he became a KTM 125cc factory rider in 2000 while also working as a KTM two-stroke test rider. With injury curtailing his racing career, Jonas re-entered KTM in 2005 to work in the road racing department. From 2006 Robert has worked alongside KTM’s Head of Motorsport Pit Beirer.
According to KTM CEO Stefan Pierer, “Appointing Robert as Husqvarna’s Head of Motorsport sends out a very clear message that Husqvarna is extremely serious about all of its motorsport activities, which are a strategic tool for the continued growth of the brand. He is someone we trust implicitly and who has the experience and enthusiasm to lead Husqvarna’s growing and vibrant motorsport department. Husqvarna Motorcycles is already achieving racing success, and as the season progresses we want to ensure it continues.”
Says Jonas of his new position, “To represent Husqvarna in motorsport is a real honor. I am extremely grateful that Mr. Pierer and Pit Beirer have placed their confidence in me as Husqvarna Motorcycles expand their racing activities around the world. Husqvarna will have a motorsport management and technical support system ready to handle these increasing demands – one that mirrors the hugely successful working practices of KTM motorsport. This really is a very exciting time for both the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand and myself personally.”