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Jeffrey Herlings (NED) SMX Cup VELTINS-Arena (GER) 2016

End of an era: Herlings leaves MX2 vacuum

One of the greatest 250cc riders ever faces a new challenge in 2017 and leaves a void of statistics, victories and trophies in his wake. We take a little look at how world champ Jeffrey Herlings decimated MX2.

Six Days Red Bull Ring (AUT) 1976 © Wim Verspaandonk

#inthisyear: 60 years of Six Days success

When all the motorcycles are lined up in the parc fermé on the eve of the 91st International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Navarra, Spain, one color will dominate, as it has for many years: orange. But six decades ago, KTM started out small at the 31st International Six Days Trial. Egon Dornauer and Kurt Statzinger won the first two gold medals for KTM, to be followed by many more in the decades to come.

KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R & Carl Fogarty

UNBOUND: Man vs. Beast

The Isle of Man is one of a kind. Situated in the Irish Sea between northern England and Ireland, it has hosted the oldest and most unique motorcycle road race – the Isle of Man TT – since 1907.

Bob Wilson (GBR) & KTM 1190 ADVENTURE R 2016

Bob Wilson adventure inspiration: It´s never too late to journey

Every year we at the KTM BLOG hear amazing stories about fantastic people going on exciting adventures with their KTM motorcycles that are taken far and wide. One of those is Bob Wilson, a 69 year old KTM fan from Newcastle, UK who found his love for adventure riding since he retired from work in the gas industry. He’s got the bug, and there really is no stopping this man now!

Sebastian Risse (GER) 2015

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 …


Weird! 5 strange sights in MXGP

MXGP stars are a fairly accessible lot. They can often be seen preparing their kit or having a team debrief in full view of the public. This informality means that eagle-eyed fans can see some curious behind-the-scenes part of being a pro racer … here are a few we have spotted in the Grand Prix paddock …

Mike Leitner (AUT) 2015

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.

Jeffrey Herlings (NED) KTM 250 SX-F Glen Helen (USA) 2016

Words of a World Champion: Checking in with MX2 number one Jeffrey Herlings

Jeffrey Herlings’ path to a third MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship in just seven years in the class, in Red Bull KTM colors and just before his twenty-second birthday has been as fraught as it has been exciting and startling.

Kurt Trieb (GER) 2015

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

Interview with KTM Motorsport Chief Engine Designer Kurt Trieb.

Shayne King (NZL) © Shayne King | Silent Sport

#inthisyear1996: KTM’s First 500cc Motocross World Champion, Shayne King

KTM is one of only a handful of manufacturers to have won a title in all classes of the Motocross World Championship since it was first staged six decades ago. Following in the footsteps of Gennady Moiseev, who claimed the first 250cc victory in 1974, Trampas Parker won the 1989 125cc title, and exactly 20 years ago, New Zealander Shayne King completed the series with his triumph in what was at the time the “premium class”: 500cc.