• KTM FREERIDE E-XC MY2018
    KTM FREERIDE E-XC MY2018
  • KTM 790 DUKE MY2018
    KTM 790 DUKE MY2018
  • KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R MY2018
    KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R MY2018
  • KTM RC CUP
    KTM RC CUP
  • KTM RACING
    KTM RACING
  • KTM EXC MY2018
    KTM EXC MY2018
  • KTM FREERIDE  250 F MY2018
    KTM FREERIDE 250 F MY2018
  • KTM PowerWear 2018
    KTM PowerWear 2018
  • KTM 790 ADVENTURE R PROTOTYPE
    KTM 790 ADVENTURE R PROTOTYPE

Tag: Rally Dakar

His last road to Dakar #4: “I’m glad to have been a part of this Rally Dakar”

We followed Jurgen van den Goorbergh in his run up to his final Rally Dakar entry; his final attempt at winning the Malle Moto class. Obviously we’re very curious as to how the Dutchman got on in 2018’s rally. The former MotoGP™ rider spills his guts on the hardship of the most grueling rally raid in the world.



Interview of the Month: “It feels unreal” – Matthias Walkner, Dakar 2018 Champion

It’s like a fairy-tale. In 2017, Matthias Walkner finished runner-up at the Rally Dakar. A year later, after working hard on both his fitness and navigation, he returned to the Dakar on the new KTM 450 RALLY machine he’d helped to develop. After two weeks of riding in one of the toughest Dakars ever, Matthias clinched victory – an Austrian rider on-board an Austrian machine, with an Austrian title sponsor!



Dakar 2018: A tough and beautiful race so far

As we reach the well-earned rest day of Dakar 2018, it can certainly be said that this year’s route so far has been one of the toughest. From the start in Lima, Peru to today’s rest day in La Paz, Bolivia, the competitors have passed through days of desert and will now head into the mountains, racing at an altitude of over 2,500 meters.



Lyndon Poskitt: Malle Moto and the true spirit of the Dakar

The Dakar is often referred to as the world’s toughest rally, with most of the attention focused on the factory riders battling for victory. But some would say they have it easy compared to the heroes that decide to enter the Malle Moto class. The Dakar rule book simply describes the Malle Moto class as a ‘challenge created for Bike and Quad Riders without ANY KIND OF SERVICE’. What that means exactly is that competitors have to do everything themselves. They ride their bikes, service and prepare their bikes, and receive no outside assistance throughout the event.



His last road to Dakar #3

This will be the final time former GP racer Jurgen van den Goorbergh prepares for the toughest of all rallies; the Rally Dakar. The 48-year-old is neck deep into his preparations for his tenth go at the race. In three episodes we will be following his endeavors.



The KTM 450 RALLY – Unbeaten at the Dakar

KTM has enjoyed no fewer than 16 consecutive Rally Dakar victories. Even since 2011, when rules changed and engine sizes were reduced to a maximum of 450cc in an effort to bring other manufacturers into the event, KTM have won every single race. With an all-new bike for 2018, KTM once again take to the start well-prepared, well-motivated and hoping to take win number 17 …



Sam Sunderland: The champion returns to Dakar

Winner of the 2017 Rally Dakar, Sam Sunderland has had a mixed season in this year’s FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. A title contender right up to the final round in Morocco, Sunderland endured a series of minor injuries and bad luck that eventually ruled him out of the running. Despite this, his pace throughout the year has been hugely impressive, with wins at the opening two rounds in Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Sam heads into the 2018 Dakar as the man to beat.



2018 Dakar Route

Mountainous sand dunes. Extreme altitude. Unpredictable weather. Punishing distances. The 2018 Dakar route looks set to be the toughest ever.



Interview of the Month: Laia Sanz – Dakar dreams and the challenges of the world’s toughest Rally

Now approaching its 40th year, the 10th to be held in South America, the Rally Dakar really is one of the toughest sporting events on the planet. More than 500 competitors will race for glory over 9,000 km of varied terrain through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. One of those competitors is Laia Sanz. Multiple world champion in trials and enduro, the ‘Queen of the Desert’ will be starting her eighth Dakar on January 6. The KTM BLOG caught up with Laia as she travelled to Morocco for her final training camp before the Rally starts in just over one month’s time.



KTM is READY TO RACE Dakar 2018

With 16 consecutive wins at the notoriously tough Rally Dakar the KTM Factory Racing Team is gearing up for another tough battle in January with the sole aim of continuing this unbelievable success-streak.