Hitachi KTM, fuelled by Milwaukee, have had a rough go of it in recent weeks. Conrad Mewse bowed out with a wrist injury in April, first of all, then fill-in rider Alexander Brown injured his shoulder at the Grand Prix of France and required surgery. Bas Vaessen was alone beneath the awning at that point, but crashed out of the Grand Prix of Asia and broke the C6 in his neck. It has been one of the toughest seasons in the team's long history and now a new rider, Michael Sandner, will enter the fold for the remaining rounds.
"Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee are pleased to announce that Austrian rider Michael Sandner #766 will compete for the team at Lommel in MX2, for the remaining European GPs and Maxxis British Motocross Championship rounds."
Michael Sandner is a name that most readers should be aware of, as he has competed with limited support for a while now and still scored consistent points. A twelfth in moto one at the Grand Prix of Great Britain was a season-best finish for him.