As the dust settles from our inaugural KTM Australia Adventure Rallye – and all us Rally riders have high country withdrawals – we take a look back at one (or rather two!) aspects of the ride that have so far flown under the radar. Their names are Reno and Anita and they hail from a place called Kiska.
Joan Olivé is a familiar face in the Red Bull KTM set-up. The former Grand Prix athlete and owner of nine podium finishes now helps the current factory riders and has transitioned from one side of the pit wall to the other. We wanted to ask how the transformation felt for the (still trim) thirty-one year old Spaniard and how an ex-racer can still fit into the world where he was once one of the leading names …
American racer Taylor Robert is taking on the world this season. The Arizona-man is stepping over to the Enduro World Championship aboard the KTM 350 EXC-F factory bike and is realizing his dream of racing the full series after a five years getting a taste of what’s to come while competing at the International Six Days Enduro. We caught up with Taylor during pre-season to find out what made him switch, and how his plans are going in the lead up to the first race.
It’s an unbelievable spectacle, this Snow Speed Hill Race in Pichl, in the Styria region of Austria: 170 competitors tear up the ski piste at Reiteralm on motorcycles and snowmobiles. Winter sports holidaymakers are rubbing their eyes in disbelief at this crazy carry-on as they sip their après-ski drinks. It was just a pity that this time one of the favorites was forced to be a spectator.
The 2016 Red Bull KTM Factory Enduro Team is READY TO RACE. With two experienced riders and two rookies in each of the E1 and E2 classes, KTM is looking forward to putting experience with raw speed with a quest for success this season in the Enduro World Championship.
When Moto3 riders line up at the Losail Circuit in Qatar for the opening round this weekend, KTM will have another strong presence on the grid with the aim of continuing the success the brand has enjoyed since re-entering the competition in 2012.
Passion to win is probably just as important as physical fitness and talent in offroad racing. With Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ivan Cervantes it’s clear that the passion and desire to race for wins is still very much apparent, despite the Spanish star being one of the more seasoned riders in the Enduro World Championship.
In 1996, almost ten years after the launch of the LC4 engine, KTM presented an electric-start version of the water-cooled unit. However, the new engine was in no way intended to signal a renunciation of the hard enduro philosophy; instead the aim was to attract new consumer groups.