During KTM’s 2018 motorcycle and team launch today in California, it was announced that the Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM had grown to a four-rider operation with the signing of Anthony Rodriguez. The news was a bit of a surprise, seeing how Rodriguez has stayed out of the spotlight by his full-time residence at the Millsaps Training Facility in Georgia and there had been virtually no indication of this happening by the team.
Rodriguez will compete in the 250 East Coast portion of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series and the full 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. In 2017 Rodriguez raced the 250 East Coast SX series as a privateer and finished in the top-ten multiple times to end the season ranked ninth in the championship. During the summer months, Rodriguez had a short-term fill-in ride with Team Honda HRC in the MX2 division of the 2017 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship.
A growing relationship with KTM in the last few years has greatly helped the independently owned Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM team, and their four-rider roster for 2018 will have two riders in the 450 class (Blake Baggett and Benny Bloss) and two riders in the 250 class (we previously reported on Dakota Alix’s contract extension with the team for 2018 and it’s been announced that he will contest the 250 West Coast portion of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series and the full 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship).