KTM Enduro Factory Team wraps up another great season
KTM Enduro Factory Team wraps up another great season
KTM Enduro Factory riders in 2008 delivered a string of top results in all classes of the World Championship series to keep opponents on their guard and delivering thrilling action throughout the season to take the E3 and two Manufacturer's Titles.
Aro and KTM seal E3 titles; Tarkkala close second
Samuli Aro rode his new KTM 300 EXC 2-stroke bike into first place in the E3 big bike division to claim his fifth Enduro World championship title (Aro won titles in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008). Teammate and Finnish countryman Marko Tarkkala was Aro's biggest rival this season, finishing in second place just 11 points shy of the leader to give the entire factory team plenty of reason to celebrate Orange victories.
The combined effort of these two tough terrain maestros also ensured that KTM was the outright winner in the E3 Manufacturer's Title with 355 points. Husqvarna took second place with 298.
Second and third for Salminen and Belometti in E2 Class; KTM wins Manufacturer's title Juha Salminen and Alessandro Belometti both put in a strong showing in the E2 class to finish in second and third place respectively and amass enough points for KTM to snatch the Manufacturer's title by 17 points from Yamaha. And while Frenchman Jonny Aubert took the 2008 honours, the two KTM riders were consistent and hot on his tailpipe throughout the season.
In the final reckoning, Aubert was victorious by a narrow margin of eight points ahead of seven-times world champion Salminen. In fact from the 16 individual races that made up the 2008 season, Salminen won nine of them and it was only a DNF in the first race in Spain that cost him the title.
Belometti, his Italian teammate also had a great season on his new KTM 250 EXC two-stroke machine and finished just six points behind the Finn. Thanks to the efforts of these two KTM factory riders, KTM also came away with the Manufacturer's Title in E2 with 378 points, 17 ahead of Yamaha.
Cervantes powers to second place in E1 title race; victory in 2008 ISDE
Ivan Cervantes, KTM factory team's 26-year-old Spanish rider also showed amazing consistency in performance and results onboard his KTM 250 EXC-F machine to finish second to Finland's Mika Ahola at the close of the season.
Cervantes finished in the top three in 13 of the season's 16 individual races and scored double line honours in rounds at Kwidzyn, Poland and Uzerche, France. The Spanish rider also had a serious moment of glory when he took victory in the 2008 ISDE, held this season in Serres, Northern Greece. The ISDE, often called the Olympics of Enduro racing, is the season's toughest riding over six days and demands skill, endurance and finely-tuned tactics to take line honours.
E1 rookie and Cervantes' KTM factory teammate Tom Sagar of Britain scored double digit points in all but three races to finish in a creditable eighth position. Thanks to the efforts of the two KTM factory riders, the Orange brand was a clear second in the Manufacturer's title for E1.
Oldrati outstrips rivals in EJuniors title
To round off an excellent Enduro season for KTM, 19-year-old Italian Thomas Oldrati, riding for KTM Factory Support Farioli, put his stamp on the competition by wrapping up the title in the seventh of eight rounds. Oldrati, who had already won several national and junior championship titles on smaller machines, is thus earmarked as one of tomorrow's heroes in senior world class competition.
In contrast to past seasons where riders tackled snow and ice in the opening race in Scandinavia, the provisional calendar for 2009 lists the two opening GP rounds on the Iberian Peninsular. Next year riders will also tackle a whole range of terrain in Italy, Finland and Slovakia before heading to Mexico. On the return to Europe the final two rounds will be in Greece and France. The 2009 ISDE is scheduled for Portugal.
Provisional calendar for 2009 season
14/15 March: Penafiel PORTUGAL
21/22 March: Igualada SPAIN
18/19 April: Iglesias Sardinia-ITALY
13/14 June: Rihiimali FINLAND
20/21 June: Puchov SLOVAKIA
18/19 July: Valle de Bravo MEXICO
29/30 August: Serres GREECE
12/13 September: St.Flour FRANCE
MAXXIS FIM ISDE: 11 to 17 October in Figueira da Foz PORTUGAL
Red Bull KTM riders Kurt Caselli, Justin Soulè and Mike Brown each placed inside the top ten at the WORCS Series final over the weekend.
The weather conditions were warm and the track was dry and dusty. So dusty, in fact, that sections of the course were deleted from the main loop because the dust was too thick and too dangerous for the riders to race through. weiter >>
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Russell Bobbitt secured his second National Enduro Championship at the tenth round of the AMA National Enduro Series while his teammate Mike Lafferty finished in the runner-up position.
The course conditions were dry and rocky. "The course was very challenging today, but oddly enough, I think it was the first time I've ever had fun rid weiter >>
KTM congratulates Italian KTM rider Thomas Oldrati who has won 2008 FIM Junior Enduro World Cup, securing the title at the close of the seventh of eight rounds run parallel to the senior world championship E1, E2 and E3 categories.
The 19-year-old Italian, who won eight individual races in a season that saw him increasingly dominate the competition sat out the f weiter >>
KTM Enduro Team factory rider Ivan Cervantes wrapped up the E1 season in Mendes, France on Sunday with a 3-2 result in two days of racing that gave him second place overall in the 2008 World Championship title.
The Spanish rider finished his season with 346 points, 29 shy of the title winner Mika Ahola who had wrapped up the overall victory on Saturday. Ahola wa weiter >>
Juha Salminen of the KTM Enduro Factory Team wound up the E2 season on a high note this weekend when he rode two superb and victorious races to finish his season in second place in the title race. KTM also won the Manufacturer's title in E2.
The Finnish rider, among the most decorated in the sport, turned up the heat and the gas to snatch a double-headed victory weiter >>
KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Samuli Aro on Sunday secured the E3 World title with a weekend that yielded him a second and fourth place in the final round of the 2008 racing season.
The Finnish KTM factory rider picked up an additional 40 points from his two rides, vaulting his total to 328 ahead of teammate and countryman Marko Tarkkala with 317 points, making weiter >>
UFO Corse Yamaha rider Johnny Aubert is the 2008 Enduro 2 World Champion. Having held the lead in the E2 series on his WR250F from the third round the former French motocross racer has now lifted his first ever world title, continuing an excellent season of racing for Yamaha after MotoGP and MX1 Motocross world championship success.
Competing against Juha Salminen, the r weiter >>
The final round of the '08 World Enduro Championship, staged in Mende, France, proved to be a challenging one for UFO Corse Yamaha team riders Simone Albergoni and Maurizio Micheluz as both were unable to secure podium finishes at the GP of Europe.
However Yamaha France rider Marc Germain performed well finishing in a strong runner-up position on Day1 and 3rd on Day2. Wi weiter >>
With just one round of the 2008 World Enduro Championship remaining UFO Corse Yamaha team rider Johnny Aubert holds a 16-point lead over Finn Juha Salminen having finished the GP of Italy as the E2 class winner on Day1 and as runner-up on Day2. Having suffered both injury and mechanical troubles at the UFO Corse Yamaha team's home round of the world championship in past years, th weiter >>
Despite being down to just two riders for the penultimate round of the 2008 World Enduro Championship due to the injury sustained by Spaniard Cristobal Guerrero at this year's ISDE in Greece, the UFO Corse Yamaha team put in a strong showing at their home round of the WEC series in Piediluco, Italy with Maurizio Micheluz claiming the team's best E1 class results with 3rd on Day1 weiter >>
The KTM Endurance 3 factory team riders came away empty-handed from the penultimate round seven of the world championship in Italy on Sunday after a weekend that failed to yield the usual podium lineups.
Samuli Aro battled to overcome injury problems with his knee and hand and still managed to finish fourth and sixth on the two days of racing on the tough and st weiter >>
KTM Enduro 2 factory rider Juha Salminen brushed off flu symptoms on Saturday to come back strong in the second race of round seven of the E2 World Championship to snatch the top podium position from rival Jonny Aubert.
Team boss Fabio Farioli said after the races in the area of Terni in Italy that the multi champion Finn had made a strong comeback on Sunday to weiter >>
KTM Enduro 1 factory rider Ivan Cervantes of Spain was not at the top of his form this weekend in Italy but still managed a Sunday podium to salvage a 4-3 result in the two races in the penultimate round of the 2008 season.
Cervantes tacked the tough and at times stony track at Piediluco in Italy and lost some ground in the points reckoning with championship lea weiter >>
KTM rider Chris Birch of New Zealand wound up the 2008 Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rally with a stage victory and overall third in an event that plunged riders into challenging situations so only the fittest and the fastest were at the finish.
The fifth edition of the Red Bull Romaniacs started with a prologue in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, which also ho weiter >>
KTM's E1 maestro Ivan Cervantes of Spain put in a winning final day on his KTM machine to snatch overall victory from teammate Juha Salminen of Finland who deprived of the overall individual leadership because of a race incident.
A win in the overall individual World Trophy for Salminen looked like a formality at the end of Day Five of the 2008 ISDE in Northern weiter >>
KTM-supported Thomas Oldrati has been on the podium no less than nine times in the current Junior Enduro World Cup season amassing an impressive lead in the championship standings.
With 247 points and still 100 points up for grabs in the GPs of Italy (Piediluco) and Europe (Mende, France), the 19-year-old Italian rider looks set to secure the title. His nearest weiter >>
The countdown is on for the 2008 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), this year being held in Serres, Northern Greece.
The event offers an unprecedented opportunity for Enduro enthusiasts to pit themselves and their machines against a whole range of challenging terrain from September 1-6.
Some 450 riders from more than 30 nations have register weiter >>
From the World Enduro Championship's GP of Wales to the FunEnduro in Mexico.
US GNCC series points leader David Knight continued to keep himself busy during his summer break by travelling to Vale De Bravo, Mexico to compete in the seventh running of the FunEnduro International - an enduro style race with an International Six Days Enduro format, which incl weiter >>
KTM rider Taddy Blazusiak is recovering well after undergoing a four-hour operation at the Harborview Medical Centre in Seattle, WA during which time numerous metal plates were attached to both of his cheek bones and left eye socket.
Hitting his face on the handlebars of his bike when he crashed on a double jump while practicing for the WORCS X event - a r weiter >>
Links: Tomas Miksovsky, rechts Matti Seidel
Letztes Wochenende ging das Team RMT #21 Racing aus Limburg zum dritten Lauf zur Langstrecken Weltmeisterschaft der Motorräder bei den 8 Stunden von Suz weiter >>
UFO Corse Yamaha's Johnny Aubert continues to lead the competitive Enduro 2 world championship following his home round of the series, the Grand Prix of France staged in Uzerche; the sixth round of eight in the current campaign Having taken control at the top of the E2 championship following the third round of the series in Spain, Aubert finished in 2nd position on both days in F weiter >>
UFO Corse Yamaha team rider Simone Albergoni finished the sixth round of eight in the 2008 WEC series - a dry Grand Prix of France staged in Uzerche - with two 5th place results as team-mate Cristobal Guerrero claimed his first podium of the season with 3rd on Day2.
Looking to finish on the podium as he did in Wales recently title contender Albergoni struggled to master weiter >>
UFO Corse Yamaha rider Johnny Aubert showed just how determined he is to claim the 2008 Enduro 2 world championship at the Grand Prix of Wales as the current E2 series leader finished on the podium on both days including a stunning 45-second victory over his title rival Juha Salminen on day two.
With conditions on Day1 wett weiter >>
Starting the second half of the 2008 World Enduro Championship in style Italian UFO Course Yamaha rider Simone Albergoni narrowly missed out on claiming the Enduro 1 class win on day one of the Grand Prix of Wales, claiming an eventual second place behind Yamaha France rider Marc Germain.
With the opening day of the fifth r weiter >>
The 2008 World Enduro Championship will be the last for the decorated UFO Corse Yamaha Racing Team as they plan to stop racing activities at the end of this season. After ten years including four world titles, seven honours at the ISDE and four consecutive Italian championships, the Italian crew will pull out of competitive commitments at world level as team owners.
The weiter >>
Das Team von BMW Motorrad Motorsport hatte bei der vierten Runde der Enduro Weltmeisterschaft (WEC) in Polen Grund zum Feiern. Simo Kirssi, BMW Werksfahrer in der Klasse 2, schrieb ein kleines Stück Motorsport-Geschichte und holte am zweiten Fahrtag für BMW den ersten Podiumsplatz bei einer Enduro Weltmeisterschaft. Dieser Erfolg ist noch höher einzuschätzen, da es erst der viert weiter >>
KTM Enduro Factory Team Finnish riders Samuli Aro and Marko Tarkkala were clearly at home in the conditions of northern Poland this weekend. Aro was second on Saturday and Tarkkala took the top podium spot for the E3 class on Sunday.
Aro's efforts on Saturday were despite lingering pain from a non-race-related injury to his hand that required bone and skin graft weiter >>
KTM factory rider Juha Salminen sent a strong signal to his rivals at the E2 Grand Prix of Poland this weekend when he won both rounds seven and eight for top of the rank 50 world championship points.
The Finn, who dominated the E1 competition last season, was in devastating form on the sand of the northern Polish venue delivering a result that thrilled his team weiter >>
KTM Factory rider Ivan Cervantes of Spain rocketed to a double victory in rounds seven and eight of the E1 World Championship held this weekend in Kielce in the north of Poland.
Cervantes picked up a maximum of 50 points for his efforts to close the gap on standings leader Mika Ahola to 10 points and keep his championship hopes alive. Team boss Fabio Farioli, el weiter >>
On the eve of the Red Bull Hare Scramble at the 2008 Erzberg Rodeo, experts predicted that no rider would master the Iron Mountain in less than two hours. KTM factory rider Taddy Blazusiak charged through the checkered flag in 1:20.132.
The Polish rider who won the event and a factory ride in extreme Enduro events for the Austrian sports motorcycle manufacturer weiter >>
KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Samuli Aro of Finland made it a great day out at the beach on Sunday in the sixth round of the Enduro 3 World Championship at Sitges, south of Barcelona chalking up his second win for the weekend.
Aro has now won five from six races held so far and has a firm hold on the championship standings. "Today he went like a machine," said K weiter >>
KTM Enduro Factory Team's Juha Salminen put the disappointment of a DNF on Saturday behind him on Sunday finishing in second place in the Sixth Round of the Enduro 1 World Championship for4 some valuable points.
It was the second of two rounds held this weekend in Spain's Costa Dorada at the seaside town of Sitges, south of Barcelona.
Hard a weiter >>
Ivan Cervantes of the KTM Enduro Factory Team continued his battle of attrition with arch rival Mika Ahola in the sixth round of the Enduro 1 World championship on Sunday coming in just 0.6 seconds behind his rival at the end of the day.
The race was held in the Spanish coastal town of Sitges, south of Barcelona and presented the riders with hard and very dusty weiter >>
Die zweite Runde der diesjährigen Enduro-Weltmeisterschaft (WEC) war für das Team von BMW Motorrad Motorsport alles andere als leicht. Die Werksfahrer Anders Eriksson, Simo Kirssi, Jeff Goblet und Youngster Bert Meyer trafen beim Grand Prix von Portugal auf einen extrem schwierigen Kurs, knifflige Sonderprüfungen und Wetterkapriolen. Nachdem Eriksson bei der WEC-Eröffnungsrunde i weiter >>
Rider Standings 29/03/2008
1. Juha Salminen KTM FIN 92
2. Johnny Aubert Yamaha FRA 89
3. Joakim Ljunggren HusaBerg SWE 67
4. Valtteri Salonen HusaBerg FIN 56
5. Rodrig Thain TM FRA 51
6. Alessandro Belometti KTM ITA 46
7. Jari Juha Mattila Honda FIN 41
8. Fabrizio Dini Yamaha ITA 41
9. Nicolas weiter >>
Double podium and first 2008 win for Albergoni
UFO Corse Yamaha team rider Simone Albergoni continued his impressive form in the 2008 World Enduro Championship claiming two podium finishes at the second round of the series, the Grand Prix of Portugal staged in Vale de Cambra. Earning a well-deserved victory on Day1 Simone battled hard on Day2 to place 2nd and fini weiter >>
Cervantes wins Round Four of E1 World Championship
KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Ivan Cervantes put in a great performance in Round Four of the E1 World Championship in Vale de Cambra, Portugal for his first victory of the season.
Cervantes who won the E3 title in 2007 was third in Saturday's race, fought on and off torrential rain and mud to tri weiter >>
Ivan Cervantes performed well over a fast and difficult track in Vale de Cambra near Porto in Portugal on Saturday to come home in third place in the third round of the E1 World Championship.
With the result, the KTM factor rider from Spain confirmed he is in promising form as the season gets underway. Cervantes also took the minor podium place in round two held weiter >>
KTM factory rider Juha Salminen narrowly missed taking victory in round three of the E2 World Championships in Vale de Cambra Portugal on Saturday but managed to secure second place on the podium.
The Finnish rider's solid result adds valuable points to those he collected for his first and third places in the first two rounds.
Tough fight weiter >>
Samuli Aro and Marko Tarkkala, KTMs two Finnish factory riders in the E3 big bike category continued their occupancy of the top two podiums places in Round Three of the World Championship on Saturday.
Aro came home over the three times 60km loop of the course at Vale de Cambra just south of the city of Porto in Portugal ahead of teammate Tarkkala to repeat the r weiter >>
Der siebenfache Enduroweltmeister Anders Eriksson positionierte das Team von BMW Motorrad Motorsport beim Grand Prix von Schweden, dem ersten Lauf zur Enduro-Weltmeisterschaft 2008, mit zwei vierten Plätzen weit vorne in der starken E3-Klasse. Am zweiten Wettbewerbstag lag der Schwede zeitweise sogar auf dem Weg zu einem Podiumsplatz.
Obwohl ein Sturz in der letzten Sond weiter >>
Chasing his first World Enduro Championship Frenchman Johnny Aubert got his 2008 WEC season off to a decent start at the Grand Prix of Sweden where the UFO Corse Yamaha rider placed on the podium on both days having claimed a well deserved 2nd spot on day one and a 3rd place finish on day two. Coming into the '08 series havng claimed the outright win at last year's ISDE in Chile, weiter >>
UFO Corse Yamaha team rider Simone Albergoni got his 2008 Enduro 1 World Championship campaign off to an impressive start at the Grand Prix of Sweden, staged in Ostersund, where the Italian was runner-up on day one and then again finished on the podium with third place on day two. The series' only winter enduro is typically an event in which many southern European riders struggle weiter >>
KTM factory rider Ivan Cervantes of Spain managed to master the snow and ice in central Sweden on day two of the opening Enduro E1 competition coming in second behind Mika Ahola of Finland, a big improvement on his sixth place on Saturday.
Cervantes rides well in winter conditions
Cervantes launched himself into the top result to match a weiter >>
KTM factory rider Juha Salminen sent a strong signal to the opposition in the E2 class on Sunday in Oestersund Sweden when he bettered his third place from Saturday to top the podium.
Salminen finds his rhythm on day two
Salminen, who completely dominated the E1 class last season took third place in the opening race on Saturday said he felt very weiter >>
KTM Enduro factory riders Samuli Aro and Marko Tarkkala wrapped up an excellent weekend's racing on snow and ice in Oestersund, Sweden on Sunday with a repeat of the result in the E3 class of Saturday's 1-2 result.
After scoring the double in the heart of Sweden this weekend, the two Finnish riders, who again dominated on Sunday, seem set to be each other's bigg weiter >>
KTM factory rider Ivan Cervantes came home in a creditable sixth place in the season's Enduro 1 world championship opener in Sweden's Oestersund with team mate Tom Sager taking a heavy tumble on the opening day of competition.
Cervantes, from S weiter >>
KTM factory rider Juha Salminen finished third in the season's opening E2 Enduro race on Saturday in Sweden's Oestersund, the first of two races held in winter conditions.
Salminen of Finland, who moved from E1 where he was the dominant rider and title winner to take up weiter >>