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.
A South African MX youngster on the way up.
In 1964, at the 39th International Six Days Enduro KTM re-entered and competed with three factory riders, having withdrawn from the competition at the end of the 50s.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.
Off-road racing icon Malcolm Smith claims son Alexander is ‘a better rider than I ever was’. We went to meet the father-son racers at their famous Californian dealership.