Motocross of Nations hero Glenn Coldenhoff will spearhead a new factory GasGas MXGP in 2021 on a 450 four-stroke based on KTM technology. GasGas will also contend the world trials and enduro championships with Taddy Blazusiak, as well as Dakar with Laia Sainz the No.1 rider.
The news was revealed by KTM’s off-road motorcycle boss Joachim Sauer, who denied Spaniard Jorge Prado could be switched to ride the brand of bike he started his career on.
KTM recently bought 60% of the ailing Spanish firm and the new enduro and motocross bikes will be based on the KTM platform fro the 2021 model year, much like Husqvarnas. Sauer says GasGas might be a slightly cheaper brand, but still have the latest technology and WP components.
GasGas already only currently sells two-stroke enduro bikes and offers a lower-spec enduro-style bike called the EC Ranger, to be a more affordable entry point into the sport, alongside its EC an XC race bikes.
As KTM does not make trials bike, it’s likely the trials machines will be largely GasGas technology. GasGas also sells its own electric kids’ bikes.