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Motorcycles More direction motocross: KTM with new motorcycle at the Rally Dakar

12:40  28 december  2021
12:40  28 december  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Matthias Walkner setzt bei der Rallye Dakar auf eine neue KTM 450 Rally © KTM Matthias Walkner relies on a new KTM 450 Rally

between 2001 and 2007, KTM won the Rally Dakar in Africa and remained from 2009 to 2019 The Austrian brand unbeaten in South America issues. Then the rally moved to Saudi Arabia. 2020 and 2021 Honda KTM came from the throne and conquered two victories.

In January 2022, KTM will try a completely newly developed 450 rally try to recapture the overall victory. "The idea was," says Matthias Walkner opposite 'Motorsport-Total.com', "that we build a more easily moving motorcycle."

With the new 450 rally, KTM wanted to improve handling. "The motorcycle should also be more handy over stony, broken gravel slopes and dunes. Nevertheless, the stability should not be lost."

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was the new development a reaction to the Wüstenterrain in Saudi Arabia and the Honda achievements? "In Saudi Arabia, there are already new conditions and we are heavier than in South America," gives Walkner. "Honda seems to come up with it better."

Why it goes in the direction Motocross

's heart of the new motorcycle is a new steel frame, which is designed to design on motocross motorcycles. This is a complete change in philosophy. Walkner explains the interesting backgrounds.

"It's assumed to push in the direction of motocross frame. My basic idea was that the Motocross department at KTM has become huge now. There is so much know-how. We as 'small' rally department Must find out and test everything yourself. "

"There is often the time and also the personnel capacity. Motocross can be taken back on such a lot of experience because they have ever tested and tried them to 99 percent. That's why we can better exchange ourselves in the future."

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The Dakar winner of 2018 reveals that KTM has been working on the new motorcycle for some time: "For the first time, I drove this framework in March 2020 at tests. Then we have repeatedly brought new components and changed something. Unfortunately, it has changed Corona delayed everything and pulled into length. "

"The biggest change is primarily the frame. The tanks are relatively different. You always try to center the masses so that the center of gravity is as far as possible in the middle and far below. The front tank has become much bigger and slightly smaller "

also worked on the swingarm, the deflection point, the dampers of WP and many technical details. Various test rides during the year various configurations and set-ups were tried.

Walkner has decided late for the new bike

Walkner became 2021 for the second time cross-country world champion. But he has not achieved this success yet with the new motorcycle. The new 450 rally is only used with the Dakar. The decision for it fell late.

"KTM has released it to me if I drive with the old or the new motorcycle," explains the Austrian. The last test was in early December. But the decision had to fall before, because the motorcycles were shipped to Saudi Arabia in November.

"It was difficult to decide, but I'm glad now in retrospect. There were ten long and extreme test days. We tested the new motorcycle with all sorts of set-ups and configurations. Now I am glad that it is glad works so well. "

The development of the new 450 Rally is not yet complete and will continue in the coming year as Walkner holds: "Some things we went back again, because we were a little test time missing, but in 2022 we are still some in. the World Cup season to make up for - for the Dakar 2023. "

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