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Joaquim's First Aussie Camp-Out Adventure Ride

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Heading out from Traralgon at 4:45am to beat the Melbourne bus tour crowd, I quickly remembered I hadn’t yet ridden in the dark, thankfully the 890’s headlights flooded the road well into the distance and I was confident once more. Soon after, however, came the second realisation - my hands are bloody freezing.

KTM AND MOTOREX: TWENTY YEARS STRONG, FAST AND STILL FLYING

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The KTM Group’s racing and production alliance with high quality lubricant firm, Motorex, will reach two decades of longevity in 2023. A renewed deal between Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer and the Swiss specialists will continue to see Motorex as the ‘first fill’ choice for the KTM Group’s brands as well as the principal option in various world championship race disciplines.

KTM CELEBRATES 19TH DAKAR RALLY TITLE WITH 2023 WINNER KEVIN BENAVIDES

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Securing victory at the 2023 Dakar Rally with Kevin Benavides, KTM secured its 19th win at the most grueling and iconic of all off-road events. Not only that, KTM secured an incredible one-two finish with the fight for the win literally going down to the final few kilometers of the two-week-long competition.

It was Kevin Benavides’ incredible consistency and speed over the 14 stages of racing that paid off, with the Argentinian racer coming from 12 seconds behind on the penultimate day to clinch the win after a blinding display of riding on the very final stage. His Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate Toby Price, who eventually placed second, can hold his head high, as the two-time Dakar Champion fought right to the finish, ultimately losing out by an agonizing 43 seconds.

The 2023 event will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the toughest ever for a variety of reasons. Riders covered well over 8,000 kilometers in total, and close to 5,000 of them were raced against the clock. If the unforgiving Saudi desert wasn’t tough enough, the heavy rains that fell over the first week of racing threw another challenge into the mix with flooded rivers and muddy lake beds making racing and navigating even tougher. Add that to the two weeks of early mornings and minimal sleep and you end up with not only one of the most physically demanding events in the world, but one of the most mentally draining, too.

The first week of racing at this year’s Dakar went incredibly well for the KTM-mounted desert warriors. Kevin Benavides was lying second overall and was closely followed in third by the young, up-and-coming American Mason Klein. One place behind Mason, Toby Price was less than two minutes behind the leader on what was already shaping up to be one of the tightest Dakars in history. Rounding out the top 10 after stage eight was Matthias Walkner – not the position the Austrian wanted to occupy, but after crashing on day two and injuring his wrist, the fact that he was even able to continue was outstanding.

Going into the second week of racing it was all about the dunes. And while the navigation was perhaps less demanding, the ability to read the terrain became far more important. Mason Klein, who had already topped stage two, unfortunately suffered two crashes on the first day back after the rest day. Although he was able to continue, the injuries he sustained would eventually rule him out of contention. The 21-year-old future star was forced to throw in the towel on day 12. Matthias Walkner was also forced to withdraw one day later when a crash near the start of the special on day 13 resulted in the Austrian being airlifted to hospital. Thankfully Matthias sustained no serious injuries.

At the close of that 13th day, Kevin Benavides, who had topped the timesheets despite stopping to aid the injured Walkner, trailed his teammate Price by just 12 seconds. The Dakar was going to come down to a 138-kilometer sprint on the final day. With the start order reversed for stage 14, Benavides set off second to last, with Price just three minutes behind. The two KTM 450 RALLY riders both gave everything they had over that final special, but there would be just one winner – Kevin Benavides.

With navigation proving critical on the final day of competition, by missing a couple of waypoints and being forced to turn back, Toby Price finished the stage 55 seconds down on Benavides. The final result gave Benavides victory and an incredible 19th Dakar win for KTM. With Price rounding out the top two overall, it was an incredible fortnight of racing for the whole Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team.

Kevin Benavides: “It’s been an amazing day! I just focused on every kilometer from the first to the last. I didn’t think about the position or the result I just gave my 100 percent over the whole stage and tried to enjoy the day. The final special was really fast and tricky, and so muddy – thankfully I didn’t make any big mistakes, but it would have been easy to have an issue out there. I have worked so hard for this. This year’s rally has been one of the closest ever and there wasn’t a single day where you could afford to ease off. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team, and all my family and friends. It’s going to take a little while to sink in, I can’t describe this feeling right now.”

Toby Price: “So, so close. Yeah, a great job from Kevin, he did really well. I knew it was going to be tight, and of course I pushed right from the start all through the stage. I just missed three waypoints by virtually meters, and it dropped me back. Obviously, the goal is to win, and it’s frustrating to miss out by such a narrow margin. But I’m fit, healthy, and I’m going home with a trophy, so that’s the most important thing. I’m ready for another one next year.”

Norbert Stadlbauer – Rally Team Manager: “It's been an incredible Dakar – one of the toughest in history and definitely the closest! It’s been such a close battle inside the Red Bull KTM team with Toby and Kevin separated by just 12 seconds going into the final day today. Thankfully, the performances of both riders gave KTM a one-two in the race, with Kevin earning his second win and the 19th for KTM. Of course, you can’t have two winners, but Toby claiming second place is still an incredible achievement and down to the hard work he has put in over the two weeks. The team have also done an amazing job, not just at the event, but also over the whole of the past year building up to this race. Now it’s time to celebrate before we look ahead to the next race in the season.”

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director: “Beside the riders, I’m maybe the happiest man on the planet right now. It’s amazing after this long journey and this tough race, to have only 12 seconds separating the two guys coming into this final day. And then for them to push so hard over the stage and reach the finish line safely and in first and second is incredible. After around 5,000 kilometers and over 40 hours of racing, to have them so close is unheard of, and the whole team did an amazing job to get them here in this position. What it came down to was basically a motocross race for 130 kilometers. Both riders did an amazing job, and even though you can only have one winner, I’m hugely proud of them both, as the pressure was really on today. KTM now have 19 wins at the toughest offroad race in the world, but we won't stop there. We're already looking forward to this season and then the 2024 Dakar next year.”

Overall Standings – 2023 Dakar Rally

1. Kevin Benavides (ARG), KTM, 44:27:20
2. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 44:28:03 +0:43
3. Skyler Howes (USA), Husqvarna, 44:32:24 +5:04
4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Honda, 44:46:22 +19:02
5. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Honda, 44:47:50 +20:30

2022 KTM Christmas Gift Guide

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The perfect gift for any orange racer is found in this year's packed-out Gift Guide. From KTM teamwear to functional off-road and street gear, you're bound to find something that speaks to every orange racer heart.

MANUEL LETTENBICHLER WINS 2022 FIM HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has won the 2022 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. Claiming a dominant victory at the eighth and final round of the series - Hixpania Hard Enduro - the young German secured the title in style on his KTM 300 EXC. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Trystan Hart narrowly missed the podium in fourth.

DICKSON AND KARLSSON PUT KTM ON THE AORC PODIUM

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The conditions might have varied wildly at rounds nine and ten of the Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) at Kingston SE, but KTM off-road riders Jye Dickson and Emelie Karlsson remained constant class podium finishers across both days of racing.

KTM DOMINATES 2022 EUROPEAN JUNIOR E-MOTOCROSS SERIES

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Led home by series winner Timoteï Cez, the top six overall finishers in this year’s European Junior e-Motocross Series all achieved their successes aboard the state-of-the-art KTM SX-E 5 minicycle! With Cez winning three of the five rounds, further victories went to Cameron Berry and Austin Edwards, making it a stellar 2022 series for the all-conquering SX-E 5.

RIDE OUT MOTO WEEKENDS TAKE OFF WITH MEMORABLE SUCCESS

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RIDE OUT Moto Weekends have been introduced to encourage a collective riding environment that caters for all levels of riding capabilities, while also offering test rides of current MY22 KTM enduro and motocross models. And it's the welcoming vibe by day and into the night that caps it all off!

TOTAL TERRAIN DOMINATION: INTRODUCING THE 2023 KTM ENDURO RANGE

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KTM has dominated Enduro competition for a number of decades, with the newest iteration of the 2023 KTM EXC and EXC-F models set to continue the trend. Boasting an updated design, orange-coated Chromoly steel frame, race-proven WP XPLOR suspension at each end, and real READY TO RACE credentials, the 2023 KTM Enduro range is the one to beat.

SECURE ONE OF THE FINAL PLACES ON THE START GATE FOR THE 2022 EUROPEAN JUNIOR E-MOTOCROSS SERIES

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With just over four weeks to go until the 2022 European Junior e-Motocross Series kicks off in Spain, all 40 spaces on the start line are almost taken with registrations on course to reach full capacity well before the closing date. Interested parents of riders on KTM SX-E 5 minicycles are encouraged to register quickly to avoid disappointment as the second running of this ground-breaking series l

KTM EXCITED FOR EUROPEAN JUNIOR E-MOTOCROSS SERIES AS 2022 REGISTRATIONS OPEN

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Continuing the highly successful partnership with Infront Moto Racing, KTM is pleased to announce that registrations are officially open for the 2022 running of the ground-breaking European Junior e-Motocross Series. Incredibly popular during 2021 while proving to be a hugely positive step forward regarding two-wheeled e-motorsport competition, registrations are now open and 6–8-year-olds (age tak

KTM UNCOVERS NEW-LOOK ENDURO LINE-UP FOR 2022

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Granquist and Karlsson have been regulars in the Australian off-road scene ever since 2011 and consistently feature towards the top of the time-sheets. The pair will also contest the Australian Four-Day Enduro (A4DE) and Hattah Desert Race this year.

KTM FACTORY RACING CLOSE A TROPHY-LADEN 2021

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2021 has been a memorable campaign for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing across the disciplines. Spirited presence in at least six different spheres of motorcycle competition has delivered notable success as well as the full range of emotions. Among the elation and the adversity on track and off, KTM were able to embellish stories and welcome new silverware with a total of 327 FIM world titles now in t

KTM RACING TEAM ‘READY TO RACE’ WITH ENHANCED MOTOCROSS PROGRAM FOR 2022

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A solid four-rider Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team is set to enter the 2022 AMA Supercross Championship aboard the radically new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION models. With only a month to go before the start of the series, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team came together in Murrieta, California to celebrate the launch of the new generation machines that all rider

Three Fifty Diaries - Part 2

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It feels quite strange to be heading north up the Bruce Highway; growing up in Cairns, all the racing available to us was mostly south. But that’s about the only thing that is different about this trip to the race, everything else is business as usual, and I’m not mad about it.

MOTOGP™ 2021: TIME FOR THE NEXT LEVEL

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KTM Factory Racing unveiled the KTM RC16 colors for the 2021 MotoGP FIM World Championship through a digital presentation that introduced the new look, line-ups and objectives for the anticipated season ahead.

Rallying Ahead: Daniel Sanders

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After experiencing his most dominant season yet in enduro last year, the career of gritty Australian Daniel Sanders unexpectedly turned a new page in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic by joining KTM Factory Racing as part of the junior rally program.

Daniel Sanders Dakar 2021 Prep

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Facing his first ever Dakar Rally, KTM Factory Racing's Daniel Sanders comes into the iconic event with only one cross-country rally under his belt. The young Aussie has shown immense pace on his KTM 450 RALLY, but knows the 2021 Dakar will still pose a huge challenge!

Oliveira dominates home MotoGP™ in Portugal

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Red Bull KTM closed an intense but memorable 2020 MotoGP campaign with Miguel Oliveira romping free of the pack to win his second race of the season at the challenging Algarve International circuit for the Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal. Oliveira’s home GP success was the company’s third victory from fourteen rounds.

Three Fifty Diaries - Part 1

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I always assumed that I would be riding still, maybe I would have made the transition to mini-dad already by this point; but I had assumed, for sure, that my best days of Motocross were behind me. Maybe they are to a certain extent as is the nature of getting older, but to claim this, we would need to look at the defining metric of 'best'.

KTM FACTORY RACING SIGN DANIEL SANDERS TO RALLY TEAM

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KTM Factory Racing are pleased to announce the signing of Daniel Sanders, who joins the rally team with immediate effect. The 26-year-old Australian will make his first competitive outing aboard a KTM 450 RALLY machine at the upcoming Andalucia Rally in Spain.

KTM TAKES HISTORIC MOTOGP™ VICTORY IN BRNO

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KTM made history in Brno, Czech Republic yesterday as Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder sensationally clinched the Austrian manufacturer’s first MotoGP victory in only his third premier class race aboard the KTM RC16.

OUT NOW: THE 2021 KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA GAINS SHARPER EDGE

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Lessons learned in the toughest motorcycle racing arena helped shape the new edition of the distinguished KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA. The feedback collected from thousands of kilometers and numerous victories at the Dakar Rally and the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship has defined the key upgrades that make the 2021 KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA the most desirable rally competition machine on the ma

READY TO RACE INTO THE NEXT DECADE: KTM MOTOHALL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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Officially opened in spring last year, the KTM Motohall in Mattighofen gives visitors a fascinating insight into the high-speed world of the legendary motorcycle brand. The 2,600 m² exhibition uses the latest technology to create a fascinating hands-on experience, including interactive displays, virtual tours and plenty of original bikes – an unforgettable experience for any motorsports fan!

UNVEILED: NEW KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION SET TO STUN RIVALS ON AND OFF THE TRACK

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KTM lifts the covers off the latest incarnation of the bike that the Supercross and Motocross elite will be using to chase more AMA glory – the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. Based on development feedback from the ‘sharp end’ of the sport, the MY20 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION features performance and aesthetic upgrades over the standard model. For 2020, the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION will be ava

SHOPPING & LIFESTYLE IN THE KTM MOTOHALL

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There’s more to riding a KTM than the time spent in the saddle. It’s a mentality, a sense of pride carried through your day to day life; riding a KTM is a lifestyle. With that in mind, KTM ensures that riders can reflect their READY TO RACE spirit and state their stance when they are away from their treasured orange machinery with the KTM MOTOHALL RETRO and KTM POWERWEAR CASUAL & ACCESSORIES 2020

THE EUROPEAN KTM ADVENTURE RALLY HEADS TO GREECE IN 2020

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KTM is proud to announce the venue for the fourth annual edition of the European KTM ADVENTURE RALLY, which will take place in Nafpaktos, Greece, on June 9-12, 2020. With the 2020 KTM ADVENTURE RALLY basecamp set in the beachside town of Nafpaktos, 200 attendees will be able to join an exclusive READY TO RACE community event that will include three full days of riding in some of the best mountain

KTM SHOW OFF NEW TRIPLE MODEL THREAT AT EICMA 2019

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KTM revealed their latest innovations on the first day of the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. The company unveiled three brand new models – the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, the KTM 890 DUKE R, and the KTM 390 ADVENTURE – as well as displaying their full gamut of motorcycles for 2020 across a busy exhibition stand.