Michelin Riders Lead In Six Major U.S.Off-Road Championship Series

Showing unprecedented dominance, competitors using Michelin® tires currently lead in six major national off-road motorcycle championship series in the United States. 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 less than six national championships.

“The KTM team uses the same Michelin off-road tires, tubes, and Bib Mousse inserts that any consumer can buy,” points out 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 stands atop the points standings, with a series-leading five victories out of 11 races contested so far. Two GNCC races remain, concluding on 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, on 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 on October 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 on 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,” added Johnson. “Great teams and great products make a powerful combination.”