When all the motorcycles are lined up in the parc fermé on the eve of the 91st International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Navarra, Spain, one color will dominate, as it has for many years: orange. But six decades ago, KTM started out small at the 31st International Six Days Trial. Egon Dornauer and Kurt Statzinger won the first two gold medals for KTM, to be followed by many more in the decades to come.
Ten years ago David Knight clinched the overall victory at the 2005 International Six Days Enduro held in Slovakia. This year the three-time Enduro World Champion is headed back to Slovakia, having been selected to represent Great Britain in the 90th running of the ISDE in Košice …
John Penton, founder of the eponymous American offroad brand, played a vital role in the history of KTM. In consequence of his initiative, KTM began with the series production of competitive offroad motorcycles.
In 1964, at the 39th International Six Days Enduro KTM re-entered and competed with three factory riders, having withdrawn from the competition at the end of the 50s. It was the start of a success story in Enduro racing which is to the present day nonpareil.
Off-road racing icon Malcolm Smith claims son Alexander is ‘a better rider than I ever was’. We went to meet the father-son racers at their famous Californian dealership.