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Tag: Heinz Kinigadner

Pit Beirer (GER) 2016

Interview of the Month: Pit Beirer & KTM Racing – A bit of the past, present and future

There are few more emphatic success stories in the wide breadth of motorcycle racing than Pit Beirer’s stewardship of KTM Racing. We asked the insanely busy but chatty German for his time to explain how some of that achievement was possible, what he had to go through and learned and a few teasers on racing matters for the future …



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#inthisyear1996: First series production of the KTM LC4 engine with electric starter

In 1996, almost ten years after the launch of the LC4 engine, KTM presented an electric-start version of the water-cooled unit. However, the new engine was in no way intended to signal a renunciation of the hard enduro philosophy; instead the aim was to attract new consumer groups.



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#inthisyear1985: Heinz Kinigadner wins second 250cc Motocross World Championship in succession

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.



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#inthisyear2005: Good fortune and tragedy at the Dakar Rally

The KTM Team unwillingly experienced the closeness of good fortune and tragedy during the 27th edition of the Dakar Rally. Two-time Dakar winner Fabrizio Meoni lost his life the next day in a serious accident on Stage 11. Then on 16 January 2005, Cyril Despres arrived at Lac Rose in Dakar ahead of Spanish rider Marc Coma and the South African Alfie Cox, thereby securing KTM’s fifth Dakar victory in succession.



Heinz Kinigadner – World Champion 1984 Motocross 250cc

#Inthisyear1984: Heinz Kinigadner becomes 250cc Motocross World Champion with KTM

30 years ago, almost to the day, Heinz Kinigadner became 250cc Motocross World Champion with KTM. Even today the Tyrolese, who is involved in social initiatives, is one of the most popular Austrian sportsman. Reason enough to recall Kini´s exciting season.



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The Bull: How Red Bull help KTM go racing

KTM and Red Bull: two of the biggest names in their fields – motorcycle racing and energy drinks – have linked up for over ten years to hit the tracks. Here is a small examination of how and why.



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Run for a good cause: Wings for Life World Run

Something special is happening this weekend but it hasn´t anything to do with two wheels. This event involves the same amount of sweat, dedication and willpower as any high profile sport but the cause of the Wings for Life World Run is nobler.



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Past & present: Heinz Kinigadner on the Dakar

The name Heinz Kinigadner is inextricably linked to the most famous rally race in the world. We took the chance to note some of his views as the 53 year old always proves to have an entertaining and illuminating perspective …