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.
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.
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.
The information that REITER ENGINEERING and KTM will return to international motor racing with a brand new X-BOW model in the near future, attracted major attention not only by KTM fans. For the KTM BLOG, REITER ENGINEERING boss Hans Reiter responds to the most frequently asked questions.
Just like its previous 13 Dakar Rally wins, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s new-look KTM 450 RALLY bike is all about going for the victory. Meanwhile what has been revealed at the team’s photo shoot is, as always, very promising.
There is little doubt on the positive effect that former world champion Roger De Coster has had on KTM North America since he was placed in a position of immense influence on the racing programme in 2011. After four years in orange and shortly after his 70th birthday celebrations we took five minutes of his time at the Motocross of Nations to ask for some perspective.
Why is the German KTM SUPER DUKE Battle – in which 990 and 1290cc SUPER DUKEs compete together (in separate classifications) with organisation and support provided by KTM dealer Konrad Schittko – so unbelievably popular? It’s best we let those involved explain it themselves…
The covers are off the MXGP title-winning factory bike. Here’s the low-down on the changes.
Second part of our visit to Akrapovič in Slovenia. The KTM BLOG went to talk to company founder Igor Akrapovič.