KTM Director of Racing Kurt Nicoll is leaving his position with the OEM to become COO at Godfrey Entertainment Inc.
Nicoll spent eight years as a member of the KTM factory motocross team, and became KTM's Director of Racing in 1998.
"Kurt has always been the perfect fit for this position," says KTM President Jon-Erik Burleson. "His skills and understanding as a past rider helped him bond with the racers. His wild side was also well known as he was always the first to celebrate and provide entertainment, which I feel will make him warmly accepted at his new line of work. We sincerely thank Kurt for his service and look forward to working with him on future business opportunities."
A film production company based in Riverton, Utah, Godfrey Entertainment has produced many of the videos dealers stock in their impulse-buy displays. Among the films: the Nitro Circus series, 199 Lives: The Travis Pastrana Story, the Thrillbillies series, the Supercross Exposed series, Children of a Metal God and Global Addiction.
Antti Kallonen will remain as KTM's off-road team manager while Casey Lytle will take over operational duties as KTM's motocross team manager. Lytle raced professionally as a Supercross and Motocross rider from 1996-2004. From 2006-07, Lytle served as team manager of the Red Bull/KTM Motocross/Supercross Team before transitioning back to the R&D department and eventually to a position as the West Coast customer service manager. "Casey has been a great asset to KTM in every department he has worked and I am confident that will continue as he makes the move back into the racing department," Burleson says.
—Submitted by Guido Ebert