21-year-old Jordi Tixier said it was a ‘dream come true’ to be signed by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing for the 2012 season, and he didn’t let anyone down in his first season as a full factory rider. His target for his first season in the MX2 World Championship was a top ten place, so his final position of fifth overall was a huge achievement. He finished in the top five in six GPs and took third place in Latvia. Before joining the Red Bull KTM factory team, Jordi was nurtured by Jacky Martens, team manager of the Nestaan JM Racing KTM team, and already had a string of junior titles to his name. He won three titles in 2010 - champion of France, champion of Europe and the world EMX125 crown - before advancing to ride in the MX2 class in 2011, also for the Jacky Martens outfit. He finished thirteenth overall and picked up points in all but two motos. Frenchman Jordi was first on a bike at the age of three, encouraged by his father, a former national rider. He rode in his first competition race at six years old and took his first junior title, the French “Miniverte” Championship, in 2003 when he was 11, on board a 65cc KTM. In 2013, his work to improve on sand tracks to match his speed on hard pack surfaces looks to have paid off - he is currently in second place in the world championship standings, only behind two-time world champion Jeffrey Herlings.
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