The Red Bull KTM Rally Factory
Racing team is entering the final stages of their preparations ahead of the
2018 Dakar Rally – the 40th edition of the event, which will be staged from January
6 to 20, 2018 in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
Competing on the all-new KTM
450 Rally, the official four-rider line-up of Sam Sunderland, Toby Price,
Mathias Walkner and Antoine Meo are currently all busy training hard ahead of
the gruelling annual event.
Following an intense year of
racing, training and preparation, the Red Bull KTM team is now all but ready to
begin their individual quests to claim KTM’s 17th consecutive Dakar bike class
victory, and take on the challenge of the longest and toughest event on the
cross-country rallies calendar.
Following two years of
development and a rally win on its first competitive outing, the all-new KTM
450 Rally is also ready to face the challenge of the 2018 Dakar. Officially
launched at the recent EICMA show in Milan, resplendent in its Red Bull livery,
the bike boasts many performance improvements over last year’s model. A new
engine and management system gives the riders more accurate throttle response,
a new chassis and swingarm provides sharper handling and newly designed fuel
tanks and bodywork ensure the bike feels slimmer and is more manoeuvrable.
Proudly displaying the number
one plate on the new KTM 450 Rally, Sam Sunderland will return to the Dakar as
defending champion. The British rider’s fight for the 2017 FIM Cross-Country
Rallies World Championship went right down to the final round where
unfortunately he was forced to retire after picking up a small injury on the
second day. Now fully fit and confident of a good result in South America, Sam
will be fighting to repeat his success of 2017.
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