Held within the upcoming Merzouga Rally on May 24 to 29, the second edition of the KTM ULTIMATE RACE will see 12 KTM ADVENTURE riders from Europe, South Africa, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand race aboard equally prepared KTM 790 ADVENTURE R RALLY machines.
A six-day-long challenge of more than 1,000km, the KTM ULTIMATE RACE 2020 will be a true test for each participant’s riding skills as well as their ability to navigate their way across the Moroccan dunes.
The 12 hardcore and fearless members of the global KTM ADVENTURE community who have topped their respective KTM ADVENTURE RALLY qualifiers to secure their spot at the KTM ULTIMATE RACE 2020 are:
KTM AUSTRALIA ADVENTURE RALLY
- Simon Arthur
- Graham Cheney
EUROPEAN KTM ADVENTURE RALLY
- Iker Iturregi
- Andrej Crnkovic
KTM SOUTH AFRICA ADVENTURE RALLY
- Cayle Dormehl
- Keegan Eich
KTM NORTH AMERICA ADVENTURE RALLY
- Wes Van Nieuwenhuise
- Brendan Crow
KTM CANADA ADVENTURE RALLY
- Wayne Hodder
- Wendell Maki
KTM NEW ZEALAND ADVENTURE RALLY
- Mark Dando
- Matthew Kneesch
The KTM ULTIMATE RACE is a special category at the Merzouga Rally, very similar to the main event and ridden mostly on the same routes. All KTM ULTIMATE RACE participants will face a grueling six-day-long race from the dusty trails to the dunes of Morocco.
Each competitor will have access to a specially prepared KTM 790 ADVENTURE R RALLY machine, which will be equipped with a host of KTM PowerParts along with a roadbook to help them navigate through the desert. All KTM ULTIMATE RACE participants will be treated like KTM Factory riders, supported on site with a truck and a team of mechanics to help out with parts and tools or with maintaining the bike after a tough race day.
Along with this unique and exclusive prize, competitors will be given a fantastic opportunity to be coached by some of the world’s finest offroad riders. Chris Birch and Quinn Cody will be present to provide their close guidance and tutelage, while actively supporting these riders in every aspect of how to manage this challenge.
Featuring more than 1,000km of offroad riding and navigating in the heart of Morocco, the upcoming Merzouga Rally will take place on May 24/29, 2020.
Hubert Trunkenpolz (CMO KTM AG): “Allowing KTM to engage directly with the flourishing global Travel community, the KTM ADVENTURE RALLIES and the KTM ULTIMATE RACE perfectly demonstrate that the READY TO RACE spirit is alive and strong within all KTM riders. Following a massively successful first edition last year, we are glad to see 12 selected riders from around the world progress through the KTM ADVENTURE RALLIES to secure a spot at the KTM ULTIMATE RACE 2020 in Morocco. It is important to point out that these are not Factory riders, but normal KTM ADVENTURE customers who won their qualifiers at a regional KTM ADVENTURE RALLY to get this unique opportunity to race an acclaimed multi-stage rally aboard a KTM 790 ADVENTURE R RALLY. I want to congratulate these 12 riders for earning their spot and I will be looking forward to following their race progress at the KTM ULTIMATE RACE in May.”