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John Penton Six Day 125

#TBT Throwback Thursday: Penton and KTM

John Penton, founder of the eponymous American offroad brand, played a vital role in the history of KTM. In consequence of his initiative, KTM began with the series production of competitive offroad motorcycles.



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#inthisyear2004: Casey Stoner wins first road racing grand prix for KTM

Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, Geoff Duke and Angel Nieto – today, the world champions of the 1950s and 1960s are motorsport legends. One of their successors is the Australian Casey Stoner, who won the first road racing GP for KTM this weekend ten years ago.



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#inthisyear1984: Production start of KTM radiators

In 1984, KTM had already established itself as a successful offroad manufacturer. At the beginnig of the 1980s, KTM started its production of radiators. First intended to cover own requirements, the Austrian brand quickly began to supply other European motorcycle and automotive manufacturers.



Heinz Kinigadner – World Champion 1984 Motocross 250cc

#Inthisyear1984: Heinz Kinigadner becomes 250cc Motocross World Champion with KTM

30 years ago, almost to the day, Heinz Kinigadner became 250cc Motocross World Champion with KTM. Even today the Tyrolese, who is involved in social initiatives, is one of the most popular Austrian sportsman. Reason enough to recall Kini´s exciting season.



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#Inthisyear1974: Sales launch of the KTM moped Hobby III – sturdy, reliable, favourable price

In 1974, KTM won its first Motocross World Championship, but even in terms of products there were record-breaking news from Mattighofen: various novelties, among them the KTM moped Hobby III, a long runner.



Gennady Moissev 1974

#inthisyear 1974: Gennady Moiseev secures the first world championship for KTM

In 1974, Gennady Moissev secures the first world championship for KTM. However, the first title in the 250 MX world championship was just the beginning of a long success story that is still continued today.



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#inthisyear 1995: Hard, harder, EBR – 20 years Erzbergrodeo

Citius, altius, fortius – this motto equally applies for Olympia and motorsport. In Europe the Erzberg race meets all requirements of the term “higher” – for 20 years now!



KTM Factory Team 1967

#Inthisyear1964: KTM stages a comeback at the Six Days on factory bikes

In 1964, at the 39th International Six Days Enduro KTM re-entered and competed with three factory riders, having withdrawn from the competition at the end of the 50s. It was the start of a success story in Enduro racing which is to the present day nonpareil.



#Inthisyear 1954: 1000th KTM is a R 125 Tourist

60 years ago, KTM celebrated the first of numerous production records – a review at the year 1954.



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#Inthisyear 1934: From car workshop to motorcycle manufacturer KTM

After 80 years of orange company history, we take a closer look at the beginnings in 1934.