As the off-road season heads toward its finale, riders on the Red Bull-KTM Factory Off-Road Team, which uses Michelin tires exclusively, hold the points lead in no fewer than six national championships.
"The KTM team uses the same Michelin off-road tires, tubes, and Bib Mousse inserts that any consumer can buy," says Vickie Johnson, vice-president of two-wheel tires for Michelin North America Inc. "That these pro riders can win races and contend for championships speaks volumes about the performance of our off-the-shelf products."
In the Grand National Cross-Country Championship (GNCC), Isle of Man native David Knight is atop the points standings, with a series-leading five victories out of 11 races contested so far. Two GNCC races remain, concluding Oct. 28 in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Also a front-runner in the GNCC series, Justin Williamson holds the points lead heading into the final round for the XC2 Pro Lites Class, a category for smaller-displacement bikes.
Seven-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty appears headed for an eighth title, having won five of seven nationals this season, and only one more to be run Nov. 4. Second in the standings is Red Bull-KTM-Michelin rider Russell Bobbitt.
In National Hare Scrambles, defending champion Robbie Jenks is battling for the title with Red Bull-KTM-Michelin teammate Justin Williamson. Two Hare Scrambles rounds remain, concluding Oct. 21 in Chandler, Ariz.
In the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), Kurt Caselli leads the points with two rounds remaining, the last of which is Nov. 4 in Taft, Calif.
With four wins in six races, David Pearson has already clinched the National Hare & Hound Championship, which concludes Oct. 28.
Finally, David Knight won the first of three races in the Endurocross National Championship, which will be decided Nov. 17 in Las Vegas.
"We are very proud of the teams that choose to run Michelin products in competition and the success that they have had this season," says Johnson. "Great teams and great products make a powerful combination."