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Category: Interview of the month

Interview of the Month: Laia Sanz – Dakar dreams and the challenges of the world’s toughest Rally

Now approaching its 40th year, the 10th to be held in South America, the Rally Dakar really is one of the toughest sporting events on the planet. More than 500 competitors will race for glory over 9,000 km of varied terrain through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. One of those competitors is Laia Sanz. Multiple world champion in trials and enduro, the ‘Queen of the Desert’ will be starting her eighth Dakar on January 6. The KTM BLOG caught up with Laia as she travelled to Morocco for her final training camp before the Rally starts in just over one month’s time.



Interview of the Month: Being Factory – Life inside KTM MotoGP™ for the stars

Grand Prix wins and world championships mean that Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró know all about the spoils of MotoGPTM but 2017 was the first year for both as factory riders. We asked them about the experience …



Interview of the Month: Mike Leitner – Moving the MotoGP™ puzzle pieces

What’s it like to build and govern a MotoGPTM setup from scratch? We grabbed some time with the man at the peak of the Red Bull KTM operation to find out.



Interview of the Month: The man behind the offroad engines

Michael Viertlmayr has been influencing the development of KTM’s offroad engines for years.



Interview of the Month: Sam Sunderland – Winning Dakar

Sam Sunderland talks to the KTM BLOG about finishing the Dakar Rally for the first time, and taking an incredible victory, KTM’s 16th consecutive win, at the notoriously tough event.



Interview of the Month: Bradley Smith – One day in snowy Austria

While his MotoGP grid mates relax on holiday, fraternize with sponsors and indulge in some training Bradley Smith is clocking up the hours in the depths of Thalgau and the Red Bull Diagnostics and Training Center. We decided to get in touch to ask what he was up to …



Interview of the month: Harald Plöckinger, KTM COO

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.



Interview of the Month #3: Sebastian Risse – Speed Leader

Sebastian Risse is in charge of KTM’s MotoGP project from a technical point of view. When the RC16 lines up on the premier class grid to take on the world’s fastest prototype motorcycles, ultimately he made the big decisions that shaped the creation of this bike. No pressure then …



Interview of the Month #2: Mike Leitner – Leitspeed

From 125cc Grand Prix racer to World Championship-winning crew chief, Mike Leitner has a career in the MotoGP paddock that has lasted over four decades. After retiring at the end of 2014, he was tempted back to the premier class by KTM’s ambitious RC16 project to become Vice President Onroad for the Motorsport department.



Interview of the Month #1: Kurt Trieb – Grand Prix Power Provider

Interview with KTM Motorsport Chief Engine Designer Kurt Trieb.