Robert Jonas works side-by-side with Pit Beirer in deciding a whole host of KTM’s racing strategy, particularly for offroad, so we sat down to ask what it was like in an often harsh world of plans, contracts and gambles …
The North Loop (“Nordschleife”) of the Nurburgring is one of the most famous, and probably the most notorious, of all race tracks in the world. The Nordschleife itself is more than 21 kilometers in length, but if we include the grand-prix circuit completed during the 80s, then a complete lap extends over 24 kilometers. As luck would have it, the VLN motorsport club (“Verein Langstrecke Nürburgring” – the Nurburgring Endurance Club) has for decades been hosting the largest and most popular race series in the world at this most extraordinary of all race tracks. And a really spectacular treat was added in the middle of this season, the “KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN”.
There is little doubt that Jorge Prado is the most sensational starter in the FIM Motocross World Championship. In his first Grand Prix year the sixteen year old Spaniard is set to take home the Fox Holeshot Award with fourteen distinctions so far from thirty-four motos on his works KTM 250 SX-F … we wanted to find out how.
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.
Racers regularly credit the team for their achievements and in 2017 the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing crew in MXGP has been chiming in sixth gear by leading both MX2 and MXGP categories all season. We journeyed behind the scenes to find out a bit more about the other ‘cogs’ of the machine that are making it all happen on the track.
It was only last year that the MotoGP™ returned to Austria for the first time in 19 years and it was that event where KTM for the first time presented its KTM RC16 project to the public. One year later, more than 201,580 people came to see and cheer their heroes during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, the second highest number of fans attending a race so far in 2017.
Collecting Moments #4: Red Bull Romaniacs 2017 – Finisher in the Toughest Enduro Rally in the World!
Over the past few months, my focus has solely been on one project; my goal, my dream – finishing the Red Bull Romaniacs! It’s unbelievable how quickly the preparation time, and now the race itself, have flown by.
Besides their bright company color, the Red Bull KTM MotoGP™ Factory Racing outfit also has an extra hint of orange to it, solely supplied by Gerald Perdon. The Dutchman is responsible for Bradley Smith’s suspension and at Perdon’s home round at Assen he gave us a behind the scenes look at what goes on.
Who in the world would turn down the opportunity to race-test a 2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI model as one of the first (one of two) riders? There’s only one snag. The race is the hardest Hard Enduro in the world – the Erzbergrodeo.