KTM wrote another chapter in its history when the sports motorcycle market leaders celebrated taking its tenth consecutive Dakar Rally (January 1st to 15th, 2011) title.
The race was won in heroic style by Marc Coma closely followed by Cyril Despres, who between them have taken the past six Dakar titles for the Austrian brand.
The 2011 Dakar, over 9500 grueling kilometers, was thrilling from the first to the final stage as the two KTM heroes battled it out for the top podium place. The company’s success was further underlined by excellent performances by many other KTM riders – the final top 12 included another seven KTM riders.
KTM CEO Stefan Pierer announced that the company is now entering a new and aggressive era of involvement in rally sport, including the development of the KTM 450 Rally bike in a production model. “I am confident that this new bike is going to add yet another layer of prestige to our brand, following the unprecedented success of other models like the 350 SX-F and the all new 350 EXC-F Factory.”
“We want to see teams and riders from as many countries as possible competing on our bikes. Every KTM rider is a KTM ambassador – whether our own factory team, riders of other teams on KTMs and all the committed privateers who choose our machines!”
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A word from the champion
“What was really tough was that I could not let my guard down, not even for a second. When a tough stage was ending, the next one was even tougher. We all know that a Dakar is a difficult race but this year it was particularly difficult. This victory is the reward of all the hard work, the reward of many years and a lot of tensions over the last few days. It is the bonus you get for steering right and for so many sacrifices over the years.”