It is a long and difficult journey from a family garage in the small Finnish village of Valkeakoski to becoming MotoGP test rider for KTM Motorsports, even if you have made the successful transition through the various categories of MotoGP. For Mika Kallio, it has been both far-reaching and very demanding.
We spoke to Red Bull KTM’s Joan Olivé recently here on the BLOG and were intrigued to know how exactly the former Grand Prix rider advises and helps Moto3 racers Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder by watching them trackside. What can the Spaniard see? What does he observe different to the rest of us – perhaps motorcyclists but also race fans – enrapt through television or at the fences?
We regularly bow down before all the great personalities, heroes and legends of racing. It has already been more than 15 years since we said goodbye to one of the most successful road racers of all time. In Joey Dunlop, we lost a fine human being, who is still revered as an unforgettable role model.
Enduro has many guises, but one thing is very clear, KTM is committed to providing something that does the job, and does it well. The new generation of Enduro is here, and the R&D experts in Mattighofen, Austria have revised each and every machine from the ground up with over 90% of parts in each bike being completely new.
Taddy Blazusiak is a man on a mission. The ultra-successful Enduro-ace has had a tough time in the last 12 months, but he’s finally back on track. Blazusiak joined the recent KTM Enduro Launch last week, where a new generation of bikes was unveiled, so we caught up with him on the good, the bad and the new bikes!
The KTM Factory Team for the Enduro World Championship 2016 was introduced in Arco Di Trento in Italy at the start of March – keen observers will certainly have noticed the Farioli logo on the riders’ jerseys. Farioli – the name is synonymous with fifty years of Enduro sport success. And exactly forty years ago, Farioli’s riders enjoyed a double success in what was at the time the Enduro European Championship.
KTM’s grass roots lie in offroad racing. Offroad racing’s roots are in the families that devote their weekends to practicing and competing, be it at local, national or international level, so it’s only apt that KTM devotes energy into developing a superior quality of machine for the young rider.
Rok Bagoroš is the first stunt rider in the world to perform his tricks 432 meters below sea level – and the first to leave his tire tracks in the ancient and majestic Jordanian city of Petra.
Friday night at Le Mans and the MotoGP paddock has finally quietened. Mechanics and staff are busy toiling in the claustrophobic pit garages and the odd bike engine revs in the distance. There might be an eight-hour time difference to the west coast of the USA but – in contrast our situation – the AMA Supercross series is on the edge of wrapping.