We met Red Bull KTM’s newest AMA Supercross and Motocross star to talk racing, pressure, Red Bull and settling into a new team.
KTM-ace Toby Price is an Australian enduro and offroad racer, whom has achieved numerous national titles, has won the Finke Desert race four times, and came second in the 2012 Baja 1000, which have all made him a national racing hero. After discussing his desire to race Dakar over the last few years with KTM, Price entered just one rally in Morocco before taking on one of the most notorious races in the world with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team.
The KTM BLOG went to Los Angeles and Venice Boulevard to meet Deus Ex Machina’s renowned custom bike builder Michael Woolaway to chat about his Orange crush.
The KTM Team unwillingly experienced the closeness of good fortune and tragedy during the 27th edition of the Dakar Rally. Two-time Dakar winner Fabrizio Meoni lost his life the next day in a serious accident on Stage 11. Then on 16 January 2005, Cyril Despres arrived at Lac Rose in Dakar ahead of Spanish rider Marc Coma and the South African Alfie Cox, thereby securing KTM’s fifth Dakar victory in succession.
Like father, like son. Privateers Simon and his son Llewelyn Pavey take on the 2015 Dakar together.
Four different ADVENTURE motorcycles “Made in Austria” meet four high-calibre sporting champions and motorbike enthusiasts. In the first part of an extraordinary report, we followed rally world champion Marc Coma and high-flier Hannes Arch. In the second part of the report, the former king of the slopes, Luc Alphand, and former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber accepted our invitation to Barcelona and completed the ADVENTURE quartet.
The notorious Dakar Rally is renowned for being one of the toughest races in the world, but with most of the talk being about the trials and tribulations of the riders, it’s easy to forget the difficult task that their mechanics face. The KTM BLOG talked to the ultra-experienced Roland Bruckner, Jordi Viladoms’ mechanic, whom has been involved in rally racing since 1999, and knows just what it takes to be a Dakar Rally mechanic.
Statistically speaking, you spend 22.37 years of your life in bed. Another 16.63 years are spent at work and you’re ill for 4.29 years …. That leaves about 5.2 years for DUKE riding. All in all, not too bad an outlook. Just DUKE it! Advertising for a motorcycle may have been unusual 20 years ago, but so was the motorcycle.
Last year Jordi Viladoms was brought into the Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team at short notice and managed to have an outstanding race to take the runner-up position behind teammate Marc Coma with next to no preparation on the KTM 450 RALLY factory bike. The KTM BLOG caught up with him at a recent test to find out how he prepares for the race.
An exclusive interview with the man who helped shape the look and image of KTM today.