Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team relying upon experience at Dakar 2022.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The start and also the climax of the Dakar Rally, which moved to the region two years previous. KTM has enjoyed great success at the Dakar with an impressive 18 consecutive victories between 2001 and 2019. The 2022 race, which takes place over 13 days and covers approximately 8,000km, remains the highlight of the season for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team. In these last two years KTM Motorcycles lost its long-time Dakar dominance of the rally to arch rival Honda.
This Dakar, KTM opts for experience in a bid to regain the title. Its three lead riders – Matthias Walkner, Toby Price and Kevin Bonavides – are all former Dakar winners and know how to win in extreme conditions. Added to this world-class trio is MotoGP race-winner Danilo Petrucci, who will switch his knee sliders to knee braces to take on the challenge of the Dakar Rally having concluded his MotoGP career just weeks before.
They each ride a technically advanced 450 Rally Bike born of years of motocross and Dakar racing, with a new light, steel frame designed to surf across the sand and rocky trails which dominate the Saudi Arabian trails.
KTM also rely on experience in the support vehicles, with Adria motorhomes once again proving their worth as an integral part of the vehicle support fleet, and overnight accommodation for the riders and key team members as they criss-cross the desert.
409 vehicles are competing, every category from motorbikes, cars and trucks, yet somehow it’s the sight of Adria motorhomes racing ahead of the rally stage to set up basecamp each day, which makes you think this might just be the ultimate test for recreational vehicles. Let’s hope we can help KTM get back to the summit.
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