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27 March 2009, 15:15
KTM Factory rider Marc Coma rode a masterly tactical race to top the podium in the 2009 Desert Classic on the sands around Abu Dhabi. KTM teammate Cyril Despres was second and Norway's Pal-Anders Ullesvalseter third place gave KTM a clean sweep.
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19 January 2009, 17:00
Pirelli’s new Scorpion Rally off-road tire proved to be the ideal weapon for the diversity of conditions for this epic challenge Pirelli’s debut in the Dakar as a supplier to the official KTM factory teams was nothing short of dominating, with the new SCORPION RALLY tyre capturing the 1st and 2nd positions on the podium with riders Marc Coma and Cyril Despres. This off-road rally tyre was developed together with KTM in preparation for this year’s Dakar. Out of a field of 235 riders, seven riders chose to have support from Pirelli and out of these seven, three riders finished in the top 7 positions overall. KTM Repsol rider Marc Coma (SPA) and Red Bull KTM rider Cyril Despres (FRA) were fiercely competitive in this 31st edition of the Dakar, considered to be the most difficult rally race in the world, which this year moved 10,000 km away to South America.
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15 January 2009, 14:35
Just as the 2009 Dakar was about to leave Peru, cross the Andes and re-enter Argentina for the eleventh stage of the rally, organisers announced they were forced to cancel due to heavy fog forecast for the whole route.
The desert coastal areas of Chile and Peru are often subject to fog when cool air comes in from the Pacific and hits the Andes Mountains.
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13 January 2009, 00:38
After seven days hard riding the four KTM factory riders are resting up in Valparaiso on the Chilean coast before tackling the remaining six days of racing. Riders still have plenty to occupy themselves during the day off and to prepare for the second half of the race. The first week of this South American Dakar was supposed to be a ‘gentle' warm up but has turned out to be as tough as any ‘African' Dakar that has gone before it. And it is certain that next week is going to be even tougher…
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13 January 2009, 00:11
Francisco Lopez led in KTM factory riders Marc Coma and Cyril Despres to celebrate victory in Stage Seven of the 2009 Dakar before his home country fans. It was fitting that Lopez should win the special which he did 3.57 ahead of Marc Coma (Repsol KTM) the overal header at the halfway mark of the world's toughest rally.
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08 January 2009, 23:51
Young American Jonah Street crowned an impressive couple of days with his first Dakar stage win 5'53 ahead of Frans Verhoeven and 7'34 in front of the Chilean Lopez.
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08 January 2009, 00:22
Victory on the fourth stage went once again to Marc Coma (Repsol KTM) 1'17 ahead of Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM) with the American Jonah Street (KTM) third (at 1'21). Overall Marc increases his lead to 42'57 ahead of new second place man Street with Fretigne third (at 43'42). Jordi Viladoms (Repsol KTM) is fourth (at 55'57) with Cyril moving up to 11th (at 1h37'07). After yesterday's crash Alain Duclos went better today to finish 16th on the special 26'44 behind the winner.
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08 January 2009, 00:09
The long stage from Puerto Madryn to Jacobacci smiled on the Repsol KTM team with Marc Coma and Jordi Viladoms crossing the final finishing line together ahead of their rivals. Less fortunate was their KTM team mate Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM) who again suffered tyre problems and had to wait for his support rider Alain Duclos to ‘lend' him his rear wheel.
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05 January 2009, 22:39
Over the second short stage victory went to Frans Verhoeven (KTM) 0'41 ahead of Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM) with David Fretigne third (at 1'04). Despite running into problems with his oil cooler, Marc Coma (Repsol KTM) maintains his overall lead 13'47 ahead of Verhoeven with Fretigne third (at 16'51).
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04 January 2009, 18:03
The first special of the 2009 Dakar should have been an uneventful warm-up but of the four KTM factory riders only Marc Coma made it through untroubled during the 371 kms from Buenos Aires to Santa Rosa to take a commanding lead.
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04 January 2009, 00:49
On the eve of the start of the 2009 Dakar Rally, held for the first time in its 30 year history in South America, KTM's four factory riders are apparently impatient to get racing.
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04 November 2008, 21:56
KTM factory rider Cyril Despres of France has taken his fifth Desert Challenge victory in eight years, proving again he is king on sand and marking him as a strong favourite for the coming 2009 Dakar Rally in South America.
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17 September 2008, 15:50
The second in the new Dakar Series rallies concluded on Sunday in Portugal with KTM factory riders Cyril Despres and Marc Coma taking second and third place in an event that finally went to local rider Ruben Faria. Following the introduction of the Dakar Series in the form of the Central European Rally earlier in the year, in part a consequence of the last minute cancellation of the classic Dakar race last January, riders were anxious to test their mettle in the atmosphere of the Portuguese countryside.
07 July 2008, 23:59
KTM factory rider and leader of the Rally dos Sertoes in Brazil for the first half of the 10 stages was deprived of final glory after a mix up with time cards on the penultimate stage, which resulted in him being penalized by five minutes.
27 June 2008, 12:24
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28 May 2008, 13:41
KTM's American factory rider and 13-times ATV Pro Champion caused a sensation at the Erzberg Rodeo when he placed second riding the company's sports ATV, launched in 2007 in the USA and in 2008 in Europe.
It was at least 60 places better than ATVs had ever achieved on the Iron Mountain in former editions of the Erzberg Rodeo. It was the American professional racer's first appearance at the Erzberg Rodeo, an event he said he had been following with interest for several years. "I really wanted to come here to compete and it's quite a surprise for me that I was up with the front runners. I definitely want to come back to Erzberg again," Farr said at the post race press conference.
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21 April 2008, 20:28
The competitors woke up yesterday morning with a clear sky and a very comfortable temperature. After the start from the Heroes'Square a liaison of 58 kilometer was scheduled. Cyril Despres was the first bike to ride of the podium.
20 April 2008, 19:41
It's been almost four months since the cancellation of Dakar 2008, but finally the start of the Central Europe Rally gives the competitors their first chance to race again.
23 February 2008, 13:34
Wings for Life, the research foundation started by KTM’s Heinz Kinigadner and Dietrich Mateschitz, founder of Red Bull, to promote research into spinal cord injury is to receive a massive boost from an online auction in which Cyril Despres’ Dakar winning KTM 690 Rally bike is up for grabs.
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10 February 2008, 14:07
KTM Factory rider Taddy Blasuziak of Poland put in a superb start-to-finish race on Saturday to take victory in the Hell's Gate Extreme Enduro event in Il Ciocco, in Italy's northern Tuscany.