In November 2016 the Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team opened its doors and gave a few journalists a rare chance to test the KTM 450 RALLY machines …
As the most demanding rally race in the annual calendar the Dakar Rally requires serious navigational skills, with racers having to find their way through thousands of miles of rugged offroad terrain. The principles of rally navigation are simple – the course is marked on a roll of paper called the roadbook and there are checkpoints and un-manned waypoints that riders must cross.
Following his illustrious 10-year Dakar career, Jordi Viladoms hung up his racing boots at the beginning of 2016 to take on a key role within KTM’s rally team. Becoming the Sport Manager the Spaniard has been busy putting his vast experience to good use with the goal of guiding KTM’s official riders on their quest for more winning glory.
Living within an hour’s drive of KTM’s headquarters, Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team’s Matthias Walkner is Austria’s next big thing in international rally competition. A member of the KTM family for more than a decade, the 30-year-old rider from Salzburg enters his third Dakar Rally knowing he has what it takes to battle for the top.
Every engine has its own, unique character. Some engines are quiet-running, keeping a low profile, others will roar shamelessly in all their glory. And then, there are racer engines; fine-tuned marvels with that feisty attitude, making you want more, go further, drive faster.
One of the dominant themes at the 2016 EICMA show in Milan was how the newest road bikes are all taking form around the Euro 4 ruling. We asked for some more details.
We continue to put the board of directors under the spotlight and this month we catch up with the 55 year old Chief Operating Officer to talk some nuts and bolts of KTM.
It was a little while ago now, but special opportunities to ride factory bikes are few and far between. We let Jonathan Pearson buckle up and ride some of the best offroad motorcycles on the planet, and at the home of Antoine Meo. Sounds like the perfect day out to us at the KTM BLOG!
KTM’s BEAST is back! Well, in truth it never went away. But after three years of ripping down roads and tearing up tracks across the world it was time for KTM to give its super naked some version 2.0 treatment. Follow on from its unveiling at EICMA in Milan, the KTM BLOG takes a closer look at what’s new with the model year 2017 1290 SUPER DUKE R.
Three titles in the ADAC Motocross Masters – Dennis Ullrich is the only rider to have ever achieved such a feat. And every time he makes it to the start line of the World Championships, the KTM rider is always up there with the frontrunners. Ullrich, who is now 23 years old, doesn’t let the odd setback throw him off course.