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Héctor Faubel, Mika Kallio & Thomas Lüthi Estoril (POR) 2005

#inthisyear2005: Mika Kallio becomes Vice World Champion in the 125cc class, and KTM dominates the constructors’ championship

In 2005 – ten years ago – Finnish KTM factory rider Mika Kallio became Vice World Champion in the smallest Grand Prix class; on top of this, KTM dominated the constructors’ championship.

Cairoli Pietramurata

#inthisyear1985: Tony Cairoli turns 30 – Still World Champion material

MXGP’s leading star and multi champion Tony Cairoli turns 30 this Wednesday. He here talks about reaching a landmark while still at the very top.


#inthisyear1985: Heinz Kinigadner wins second 250cc Motocross World Championship in succession

In 1985 Heinz Kinigadner started the 250cc MX season as the reigning world champion with the #1 on what was still a green start number plate and defended his title a second year in succession.

Heino Büse 1975

#inthisyear1975: Heino Büse best individual rider at Six Days Trial

Anniversary on the Isle of Man – the 50th International Six Days Trial was held on the island in the Irish Sea forty years ago. After six really tough days, out of the 300 riders taking part, the one doing best in the points was sat astride a KTM. Heino Büse, whose riding style led him to being better known to his sporting comrades as “Düsen-Büse” [jet-powered Büse], rode in the half-liter class for the team of German importer Toni Stöcklmeier.

David Knight Red Bull Hare Srcamble 2005

#inthisyear2005: David Knight wins the Red Bull Hare Scramble for the first time on KTM

It was 20 years ago that the starting flag first dropped on the Erzberg Rodeo – the 21st race will be hosted from 4th to 7th June 2015. This dirt track race in the ore mine has enjoyed cult status for many years. In 2005 Britain´s David Knight won the notorious Red Bull Hare Scramble for the first time on KTM.

KTM Comet Grand Prix 125 RS

#inthisyear1975: Start of production for the all-new KTM Comet Grand Prix 125 RS

In 1975 KTM presented its first real sports machine for the road at the Vienna International Spring Fair, the KTM Comet Grand Prix 125 RS.

Samuli Aro, Ivan Cervantes & David Knight Serres (GRE) 2005

#inthisyear2005: For the first time KTM wins all Enduro World Championship titles

As good as it gets – exactly ten years ago, the KTM Enduro Team came away victorious across the board. KTM factory riders Ivan Cervantes from Spain, Samuli Aro from Finland, and David Knight from Great Britain won the Enduro World Championship overwhelmingly in all three classes. Moreover, the three world-class riders in the team managed by Fabio Farioli and Kari Tiainen didn’t even need any points from the final round held in the Italian Enduro stronghold of Bergamo.


#inthisyear1955: KTM presented KTM Grand Tourist at the Vienna International Spring Fair

1955 – that’s sixty years ago now. Everything was well in the motorcycle world, the Second World War had ended ten years previously and the economy was picking up again. KTM founder Hans Trunkenpolz was early to see the signs of the times and presented his first motorcycle to the public in 1953.


#inthisyear1995: KTM acquires Husaberg

Sweden – approximately nine million inhabitants, huge distances, and only a few paved roads. Forests as far as the eye can see. A country made for enduro riding. No wonder that a brand like Husaberg managed to establish itself here. Husaberg has belonged to KTM for 20 years now.


#inthisyear2005: Good fortune and tragedy at the Dakar Rally

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.