There was clear emotion in KTM CEO Stefan Pierer’s voice last week with the presentation of the company’s MotoGP ‘weaponry’ at Spielberg for the Austrian stop on the Grand Prix trail. But with Mr Pierer, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer all talking about an important chapter in KTM’s story it was a decent opportunity to grab five minutes with the Austrian to ask about his own biking background …
Freelance writer Llewellyn Pavey is no stranger to Enduro events. Llel knows his stuff about offroad bikes. The 24-year-old Aussie-come-Welshman tested out the all-new KTM Enduro range at the international launch in Spain and gave the KTM BLOG his low-down.
He might be 52, but whenever the opportunity to leap onto a racing bike presents itself, Jeremy McWilliams does not need to be asked twice. The one-time Grand Prix rider has maintained a close relationship with KTM for many years, and so he was not going to pass up the chance to join other ex-motorsport riders for the KTM 690 DUKE Battle in Assen.
The Austrian Drift Challenge has been a booming competition for years, with the Mazda MX-5 standing as the undisputed champion. High time that the latest model is challenged to a face-off with a motorcycle then. Picking up the gauntlet for two-wheels is Hanson Schruf, a master drifter with his KTM 450 SX-F – and already sitting in fourth spot in the world rankings for the flat track world championship.
Spectacular racing success and popular production machines: there is often a whole team of engineers behind successful designs, but things were different right up to the 1970s. Just as the name Kiska now represents the distinctive design of KTM models, many motorcycles were previously closely associated with their designer’s name. Precisely six decades ago, Hans Trunkenpolz, the head of KTM, succeeded in bringing the famous designer Ludwig Apfelbeck to Mattighofen.
Madrid has been synonymous with FMX innovation for the past 15 years and last Friday night was no different: The world’s best FMX riders gathered in Madrid for the 15th time to celebrate the Red Bull X-Fighters anniversary and once again push the sport to the next level.