With the Dakar heading into its final stages we reflect on the comments made by the Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team Technical Manager, Stefan Huber, who gave us his inside line right before the race began. It was a busy build up, but with things in full swing and Price leading the KTM campaign at present, it’s interesting to look at his predictions coming into the race.
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Delivering a stand-out performance during his debut Dakar appearance last January, in finishing third alongside Marc Coma and Paolo Goncalves Australia’s Toby Price showed that he’s got what it takes to be a top Rally racer.
It’s a new era of Dakar. After 10 years of domination by former KTM-aces Marc Coma, who retired from racing earlier this year, and Cyril Despres, there’s room for a new emerging star and KTM is excited to have yet another strong team for the notoriously tough Rally.
From coming close to hanging up his boots at the end of 2014 due to injury to winning the 2015 Enduro 2 World Championship and giving KTM a first 350 EXC-F powered EWC title, the past 12 months have certainly been memorable for Antoine Meo.
With a comfortable lead at the top of the Women’s Enduro World Championship, Laia Sanz is now focused on her other major goal – continuing to shine at the Dakar Rally. With preparations for next January’s event soon to start, the KTM BLOG caught up with Laia right after she grabbed a third consecutive double victory at the EWC GP of Belgium.
KTM-ace Toby Price is an Australian enduro and offroad racer, whom has achieved numerous national titles, has won the Finke Desert race four times, and came second in the 2012 Baja 1000, which have all made him a national racing hero.
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.
Last year Jordi Viladoms was brought into the Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team at short notice and managed to have an outstanding race to take the runner-up position behind teammate Marc Coma with next to no preparation on the KTM 450 RALLY factory bike. The KTM BLOG caught up with him at a recent test to find out how he prepares for the race.
Just like its previous 13 Dakar Rally wins, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s new-look KTM 450 RALLY bike is all about going for the victory. Meanwhile what has been revealed at the team’s photo shoot is, as always, very promising.