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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.

AFC/Bay Motorcycles Spring Break Rallye

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The spring break Rallye was spread over 4 days or riding and almost 1700km’s in all different types of riding conditions. Starting in Hastings at Bay Motorcycles the riders were treated to a great start of the Rallye, with great weather and perfect riding conditions.

Four Wins for Birch Now at Hard Adventure Enduro

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All the riding skills in the world, plus more, were going to be needed just to cope with the notoriously-difficult Hard Adventure Enduro event, being staged at various venues in and around Tokoroa over Labour Weekend. Throw in a few slippery rocks, deceptively-narrow balance boards, pesky tree roots, immovable logs, unpredictable creek beds, mossy rocks, steep up-hills and down-hills, clinging mud and the constant tyranny of trying to beat the clock, and you have an event like no other.

While it’s probably fair to say that challenges like this are the bread and butter of men such as Kiwi internationals Chris Birch, from Thames, Cambridge’s Dylan Yearbury and Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker, even these warriors were well and truly stretched. The event had a pandemic-enforced break last season, but it was back with all the same crazy obstacles to confound competitors for the sixth running this year, the three-day event severely stretching wits and nerves again over Labour Weekend.

When two-time and reigning national enduro champion Yearbury topped the leader-board in the elite Gold Grade after Friday evening’s prologue, it seemed he might be capable of adding another overall victory to the ones he claimed at this event in 2017 and 2018. But he then suffered a nasty scratch to his eye early on Saturday and he was forced to withdraw.

 

It all got a bit too much for this rider as he reached the top of a short uphill section of the track. In the end, it was multiple national and international champion Birch who prevailed as he rode his KTM 300EXC bike to the top step of the podium. Whitaker, on an identical KTM 300EXC bike again settled for overall runner-up, making it a 1-2 result for the KTM brand. Birch keeps on racking up the wins, with this now his fourth overall victory at this event in the six years it has been run and his rivals must be scratching their heads to find ways of beating him, or at least slowing him down. It was always going to be a “last man standing” affair again this year, with plenty of obstacles lined up to sap the spirits, trap, trick and wear down even the most experienced of dirt bike racers.

The event is designed to be difficult. Using a similar format to the notorious Red Bull Romaniacs international hard enduro that is held each year in Romania. Whitaker is a record eight-time national trial champion and it, therefore, came as no surprise that it would be he who would keep Birch honest, although New Plymouth’s Tony Parker, considered a veteran in this sport, impressed also in finishing third overall.

Birch won the inaugural Husqvarna Hard Adventure Enduro in 2016, before Yearbury returned from injury to win it the following year and then repeated the feat in 2018. But Birch then won it twice more, back-to-back in 2019 and 2020.

“My first off-road day on Saturday went well,” said 42-year-old father-of-one Birch afterwards.

“It was difficult to navigate, but I pushed hard and managed to get a gap over my rivals. That proved to be crucial. I had a bit of time on Jake (Whitaker) and that was just as well because I struggled to stay with him on Sunday. He was riding very well and I had to do everything I could to stick with him.

“There was one section called ‘The Last Climb’ that was impossibly steep. Myself, Jake, Tony Parker and (Taupo’s) Wil Yeoman teamed up to use ropes to haul one another’s bikes up the cliff before we could carry on and, after that, we then found we still weren’t at the top and it became even steeper still,” Birch explained.

“My fitness wasn’t the best this year and in the end, I was just trying to hang on.”

As for runner-up Whitaker, he said he was “over it” after finishing second to Birch once again at this event.

“I think I rode pretty well, apart from having a bit of a crash … a big crash actually … on day one. That put me about six minutes behind Chris (Birch) and that was virtually impossible to claw back,” the 31-year-old explained.

“I caught up to him a bit on Sunday and we were neck-and-neck.

“I have been runner-up or finished third too many times at this event. I’m over it.”

Event organiser Sean Clarke confessed afterwards: “I think this year we  reached the limit for hardness.”

Other grade winners were Auckland’s Ryan Hayward (Silver); Rerewhakaaitu’s Zach Sefuiva (Bronze) and Australian Rick Braico (Iron).

The event was sponsored by Husqvarna NZ, Forbes and Davies, O’Neal, Ogio, Arai Helmets, Maxima Racing Oils, Forma boots, Maxi Grip, Blur, Forest Trail Events, Kiwi Rider magazine, SATCO logging attachments and Michelin tyres.

© Words and main photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ

Additional photos by Kat Gunson, BikesportNZ

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.

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.

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 FACTORY RACING CLOSE A TROPHY-LADEN 2021

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MOTOGP™ 2021: TIME FOR THE NEXT LEVEL

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Oliveira dominates home MotoGP™ in Portugal

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KTM FACTORY RACING SIGN DANIEL SANDERS TO RALLY TEAM

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KTM TAKES HISTORIC MOTOGP™ VICTORY IN BRNO

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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 SHOW OFF NEW TRIPLE MODEL THREAT AT EICMA 2019

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