KTM Twin Flat Tracker Enters Grand National Series Albion, New York (April 21, 2008)-- For the past several months, a dream became a reality. Team owner, Dave Waters had a vision for his longtime racer, RJ Overholt. "A trip to Daytona in 2004...
KTM Twin Flat Tracker Enters Grand National Series
Albion, New York (April 21, 2008)-- For the past several months, a dream became a reality. Team owner, Dave Waters had a vision for his longtime racer, RJ Overholt.
"A trip to Daytona in 2004 got my imagination running wild after I was exposed to KTM' s new LC8 power plant. After much deliberation, I pursued purchasing the new KTM Super Enduro that was released in 2007. Due to limited availability, I waited with anticipation.
Finally , a call came from Matto Cycles, I was thrilled . I pulled in some resources and headed to Pennsylvania. At that moment I knew "Project K" was born."
Project K will be the next generation bike, keeping it as stock as possible and to deem it competitive in the AMA Grand National Flat Track series. Bringing another manufacturer inside the sport will not only grow the sport, but allow for more start-up teams to get involved.
"I hoped by taking a stock manufactured bike and converting it relatively inexpensively to a GNC Twins flat tracker that it would peak the interest of more manufacturers to participate and hopefully get more promotion for our sport. NASCAR has exceeded expectations of promotion by selling the race on Sunday, buy on Monday mentality. Our project took approximately four months to do from start to finish and is race ready with a minimal cost. The KTM motor and chassis combination is easily converted into a Grand National caliber bike while keeping the costs at a reasonable level. We are banking on it's durability to keep the costs down through out the season. Our plan is to make a main event during its first year and compete on the full twins race schedule in 2009. Our goal is to put KTM on the podium!" notes Waters.
Rider, RJ Overholt, will test "Project K" during the Annual Bike Days event in Canton, Ohio at Stark County Fairgrounds May 24-25. The official debut will be round two of the AMA Grand National Twins Series at Vernon Downs, New York May 31, 2008.
"I am very excited to be the rider selected for "Project K" using the new KTM 950 Super Enduro. I have ridden the bike and the power is perfect for dirt track racing. Dave Waters has been a great inspiration on the project and has spared no expense to make the bike just what I need to be competitive. I feel the bike will be a contender within the first year and with some more support we could be the team to watch in 2009. I would like to thank the people responsible for this great endeavor, first and foremost Dave & Rhonda Waters for seeing the vision through and choosing me as there rider. I would also like to thank Stacy & Becki Spears for there generous support to make this all possible. Look forward to some dramatic racing to come from the Waters Auto Body / Five star Fab & Steel racing pits this season ", adds Overholt.
Although Project K was built with no factory support, the entire effort has been funded through Waters Autobody and Paint, 5 Star Steel and Fab, Matto Cycle of Pottsville, PA, D&D Power Sports, Steve Fortunato, and
Photos by Rox, Elf oils, Super Trapp and Shoei helmets. Because this is a grass roots effort, sponsorship is being heavily sought.
Grand National Flat Track racing has been prominently dominated by Harley-Davidson. Over the past few years more manufacturers have entered the circuit. KTM had plans for a twin bike for racing, but after GNC rider Joe Kopp rode it at Willow Springs, KTM had decided to park it.
Waters says, "Now that the frozen northeast is coming out of hibernation; we are anxiously awaiting getting Project K out of our shop and on to the local tracks for some more R&D. She looks fast and sounds awesome so we will see soon enough if I've done my homework."