November 8 2005.
Ex AMA MX Champion Mark Blackwell has been named Vice President, Victory Motorcycles & International Operations. Blackwell joined Polaris in 2000 as General Manager of Victory Motorcycles. "Mark has done an outstanding job over the past four years building a very strong team, developing new, compelling product and establishing Victory, The New American Motorcycle, as a legitimate brand positioned for significant growth in the motorcycle industry," said Polaris President and Chief Operating Officer Bennett Morgan. "There are many reasons why this is a good move for Mark and Polaris - he is a proven leader with strong international experience running businesses and as a motocross champion early in his career." He added, "His experience will be a huge asset in our developing partnership with KTM and Victory will be a key component of our growth outside the U.S in the future."
Allan Hurd has been promoted to General Manager, Victory Motorcycles reporting to Mark Blackwell. "Although we do want Mark to have a key role in Victory Motorcycles going forward, we also want to ensure that he has sufficient time to focus on the International business," said Morgan. An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Hurd joined Polaris in 2000 as Director of Engineering for Victory. "He understands our competition and has extensive experience in Europe and other parts of the world," added Morgan. "Allan and Mark have proven to be an effective team which will be instrumental in our continuing quest to grow our motorcycle business."