Red Bull KTM Factory Racing: Dakar prep is a season-long process

The incredibly tough Dakar Rally is definitely the highlight and most prestigious race in the calendar for the Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team. However, the work never ceases; not only does the team race selected rounds of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, testing and development continues right the way through the year.

The meticulous planning for Dakar that’s required for race success is season-long, and the team has fixed training sessions with its riders to test new parts and bring them together from their home locations around the world. These sessions, often coordinated utilizing the road book expertise of team manager and former racer Jordi Viladoms, enhances the team spirit and provides an opportunity for on-location feedback with KTM and WP away from the races. Predominantly this is done in Spain, and the 17-time winning Dakar team recently allowed the cameras behind the scenes whilst testing to see Matthias Walkner, Toby Price, Sam Sunderland and KTM Factory Racing’s Laia Sanz in action. Thanks to the Red Bull Content Pool we’re able to share some of the best pictures with you.

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Matthias Walkner (AUT) © Anjuna Hartmann/Red Bull Content Pool

Photos: Anjuna Hartmann/Red Bull Content Pool