A fresh challenge for one of the very fastest offroad motorcycle racers in the world in 2017 as twenty-year old Herlings moves up from three FIM World Championships in the last five years in MX2 to tackle the ‘big boys’ in MXGP. We asked the Dutchman and his crew about the transition from pushing the limits on the KTM 250 SX-F to the KTM 450 SX-F …
A car from Mattighofen? A conservative family car, or READY TO RACE on four wheels? It seemed inconceivable for fifty years, but became a reality exactly ten years ago.
The third and final test of the MotoGP ‘pre-season’ is just around the corner at Qatar next week with the 2017 championship getting underway also at Losail on March 26. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team colors have been shown and the countdown to a momentous day for the company is hotting up.
This week the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship – MXGP – starts its 61st year of existence. The series was inaugurated after five years of European status in 1957 (Swede Bill Nilsson was the first ever world champ on a 500cc AJS) and the latest incarnation will awaken far from EU shores with Qatar and the Losail lights opening proceedings for the fifth year in a row.
Motorsport has frequently made history with an array of successes, world champions, record-breakers, and extraordinary bikes. For a long time now, motorsport has also been of great importance to many families: Generations have followed the very same passion for years, and my family is no exception.
Competitive Supercross in Germany is in bad shape. There is a lack of riders of an international caliber. But all that could change – with Carl Ostermann. The twelve-year-old is being trained as a Supercross specialist by Motocross legend Collin Dugmore.
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.
KTM expend a vast amount of resources and cash to enter tracks from Dakar to Doha. Like most companies they take valuable benefit from their racing exploits. We asked the Vice Presidents in R&D at Mattighofen for some more details …
KTM had been unbeaten since 2001 when more than 140 riders lined up for the start of the 39th edition of the Dakar Rally in Asunción on January 2, 2017. Orange was once again the predominant color at the start line – over half of the competitors had opted for the machine that so often wins this event, the KTM 450 RALLY.
As the most demanding rally race in the annual calendar the Dakar Rally requires serious navigational skills, with racers having to find their way through thousands of miles of rugged offroad terrain. The principles of rally navigation are simple – the course is marked on a roll of paper called the roadbook and there are checkpoints and un-manned waypoints that riders must cross.