For the 2018 season, KTM Diga Junior Racing will shift into higher gear again. The rider-line-up of Miro Sihvonen, Emil Weckman and Tomas Kohut will be expanded with the young American WMX rider Avrie Berry. Secondly, physical coach Yente Dourte will come on board providing the team and riders with fresh insights.
Seventeen-year old Avrie Berry from Washougal Washington made a name for herself back home at Loretta’s this year. She podiumed for the first time in her amateur class and immediately recorded third and fourth finishes in her pro debut. Making the transition into the strongest women’s competition in the world, the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship, Berry made two wildcard appearances in Europe. As one of the youngest competitors in the field Avrie demonstrated her potential and finished a commendable 11th in the second moto at Villars-sous-Ecot, France.
The introduction to racing at the highest level left Berry wanting for more. In order to further develop her motocross career Avrie has chosen KTM Diga Junior Racing and will be living and training in Belgium. In Europe she will be combining the Women’s Motocross European and World Championships.
The name of Belgian native Yente Dourte might ring a bell with insiders as he’s a journalist and test rider for MXMag. In addition to being a solid amateur rider, he is also a qualified exercise expert. After his studies at the “Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen”, he went to the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven as a Sports Performance student.
Yente Dourte: “To further improve myself in coaching elite athletes, I moved to the Fontys University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. Being an avid motocross rider I was looking for an internship at high level. I was happy when Dirk (Saelen) confirmed met that KTM Diga Junior Racing wanted to include me in their team. For me that was a dream that came true because I could not imagine a better place to translate the theory and knowledge that I already gained in the sport! I actually started my studies with the aim of adding a scientific approach to motocross training. Also because I feel that there is still not enough attention from riders and (even qualified) trainers for important concepts such as ‘periodization’, ‘muscle slack’ or ‘cocontraction’. For me this is one of the reasons why I chose to go to the Netherlands and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Here I have the opportunity to study under Frans Bosch, one of the leading experts in the field of ‘strength and conditioning’. So I’m really grateful to Dirk (Saelen) and KTM Diga Junior Racing for giving me this unique opportunity to share new insights about training and physical preparation with them. It says a lot about the open mind of the team too. I hope that my work will pay off during the season and I am sure that this is the beginning of a fruitful learning collaboration. “
Dirk Saelen, team manager KTM Diga Junior Racing: “Helping young people in a high value-added manner in their search for a professional motocross career is the main goal of KTM Diga Junior Racing. Internally we always call it a project! Because the mindset to learn and improve does not only apply to our riders but it goes just as much for the support staff and technicians. Our guidance is future-oriented, which is why we have a healthy interest in new methods and developments. Why should training techniques and insights from other sports wouldn’t be helpful in motocross? Or why wouldn’t we look at scientific insights to support or further our own experience and knowledge? That was the premise for us to enter this partnership with Yente. We are convinced that this is a positive and substantial step forward for all parties involved.”
Pic: Eric Laurijssen