So…to the last day of our global press launch. After some final extra riding loops for an Israeli TV production it is time to say goodbye to the sunny Canary island of Tenerife. Check-out at hotel, check-in at airport and head home to Mattighofen in Austria, where the snow is coming down right now!
I have to say thanks to almost 100 journalists from all over the world, who have attended and have already reported their riding impressions with the new 1190 Adventure – or will do soon. Also thanks to everybody from our team who made this international event such an enjoyable and smooth operation:
From left to right: Sascha Marand, R&D, electronic systems dept.; Eva Priewasser, marketing/queen of organisation; Vitalis Röck, R&D, electronic systems dept.; Martin Parzer, R&D, engine dept./Wheelie King; Christian Diesslbacher, marketing workshop/mechanic/birthday-dude; Alex Koths, digital communication/late night specialist; Sebastian Sekira, R&D, manager street dept./express-tour guide; Hannes Maier, WP-technician /Austrian Supermoto-champion 2012; Gerald Matschl, R&D, manager service & support/ingenious multi-tooler; Philipp Habsburg, Head of R&D/engineering force; Jörg Schüller, product manager street/two-wheel lover; Andi Maier, head of marketing workshop/Erzberg first-row-starter; Erich Friedl, R&D electronic systems dept./location-manager; Alois Thaler, R&D, chassis dept./flat-out proofed; Thomas Kuttruf, manager press & PR/blogger; Shun Ono, development-manager Bosch-technology/super brain; Hannes Seimann, R&D LC8-engine/Wheelie King II; Malte Bigge, product-manager Continental tyres/black chilli-expert.
Missing in this photo (probably gone riding) but nevertheless involved on location:
Peter Gorbach, R&D, head of engine development/performance freak; Christian Pichler, R&D, electronic systems dept/tech-guru; Bernhard Pongratz, WP-technician/settings magician and, last but not least, Herbert Fessl, R&D, 1190 Adventure project manager/main-brain.
And right in the middle of the presentation crew that worked flat-out for two weeks – the star of the event – our all-new 1190 Adventure. Which makes us, and everybody, at KTM proud no-end, because it has turned out to be such a great and delightful motorcycle.