The conclusion of the highly-successful twelve-year program was appropriately celebrated at the US Open in Las Vegas, NV October 10-11, 2008. The US Open served as a battleground for the KJSC Champions from each of the 2008 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, events to match-up for a final round aboard the KTM 50 SX machines. “There was no better way to say farewell to this program than by letting this year’s champions give the fans one more race in the two-day Vegas finale,” commented KJSC Coordinator Devin Mitchell.
The KJSC Program was started in 1997 as a collaboration between KTM Motorsports and Feld Motor Sports. Starting out with one box van and two mechanics, the program has grown in popularity and size to help over 230 boys and girls live their dream under the KTM Factory semi each season.
Over 3,000 young boys and girls have participated in the KJSC Program since its start at the LA Coliseum in 1997. Many of today’s professional riders have participated in the famous program, including: Mike and Jeff Alessi, Blake and Tyler Wharton, Zach Osborne, Ryan Dungey, Drew Gosselaar, Jacqueline Strong, Michael Hall and many more.
The KJSC drew record attention in 2003 when Caden Hadley became the first KJSC rider to jump a double at the Salt Lake City AMA Supercross event. Its popularity continued to grow each year, proven by the exponential growth in applicants that applied from all over the world in hopes of being selected for one of the AMA Supercross rounds.
“The KJSC Program helped spread happiness in the lives of many motocross families. KTM was proud to have hosted this program and provide an unforgettable experience to these families and hopes that the memories made were everlasting for those that have been fortunate enough to be involved,” commented KTM Vice President of Event Promotions Selvaraj Narayana.
“KTM would like to thank Feld Motor Sports, which without, the program would not have been made possible. Its hard work and contributions to the success of this program are unmatched. KTM is grateful for its relationship with Feld Motor Sports which will continue in a professional racing capacity as well as a sponsor of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship,” commented Kurt Nicoll, KTM Director of Racing.
The KJSC Program has had many loyal and generous sponsors that have contributed to the success of the program during its twelve-year run. KTM sincerely thanks: Scott USA, Michelin, Thor, MSF Dirtbike Schools, OGIO, M2R, FMF, Powersport Grafx and Leatt Brace.
Lastly, as this program comes to an end, KTM would like to acknowledge Selvaraj Narayana for his commitment to the success of this program and his passion and commitment to the future of the sport.