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.
The motorcycle world championship represents a very particular group of travelers: 18 races per year, seven of which are overseas. Each time, hundreds of tons of materials and equipment have to be set up, dismantled, packed away and then unpacked again. A logistical masterclass.
When it comes to racing KTM might have an incredible record at the Dakar, or in Enduro or GP wins and titles in Moto3 … but it is in Motocross where the company have struck hard and fast in the last ten years and have won every championship going.
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.
Red Bull Romaniacs is the toughest Hard Enduro Rally in the world. With one city prologue and four incredibly demanding days of Enduro riding, Romaniacs is a massive test of endurance and stamina. And not only for the riders …
Time for a flourish for one of the greatest riders and personalities in the motorcycling world. Gio Sala does not just remind me of his exploits behind the handlebars. Whenever I see this permanently perky Italian, it also makes me think of a plain old washing machine.
With a comfortable lead at the top of the Women’s Enduro World Championship, Laia Sanz is now focused on her other major goal – continuing to shine at the Dakar Rally. With preparations for next January’s event soon to start, the KTM BLOG caught up with Laia right after she grabbed a third consecutive double victory at the EWC GP of Belgium.
When a Motorcycle World Championship rider comes to a new race course that was previously unknown to them, this is a delicate ride of discovery. Brad Binder from the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 Team describes how he manages this task.