KTM 450 Rally bike is set to make its first competitive appearance at the OilLibya Rally of Morocco, KTM’s official Red Bull KTM Factory Team manager Alex Doringer has confirmed. The OilLibya Rally runs from October 13-19, 2013 and is the final round of the 2013 FIM World Cross Countries Rally Championship.
The team, already in Morocco to conduct final tests and settings
refinements, will first test the bike under race conditions in the
opening stage on Monday October 14. On-board the latest version of the
new bike will be multi Dakar Rally winner Marc Coma of Spain, American
Kurt Caselli, who made his Dakar debut in 2013 and factory team stalwart
Ruben Faria of Portugal.
The KTM 450 Rally bike is the result of dedicated work by KTM’s MSP,
R&D and engineering experts whom have designed and built a
completely new version of the machine from the ground up. The intention
has been to produce the best possible bike for the Red Bull KTM Rally
Factory Team to fight for another Dakar victory in January 2014
following on from 12 consecutive wins in the motorcycle class.
Joining Coma, Caselli and Faria is Fracisco Lopez of Chile, who will
race the 2013 KTM 450 Rally bike in Morocco along with the official
supported riders for Dakar 2014; KTM Australia’s Ben Grabham, Broadlink
KTM’s Riaan van Niekerk of South Africa and ORLEN KTM’s Jakub Przygonski
The OilLibya Morocco Rally 2013, which is the final test for the team
before the Dakar Rally 2014, takes a field of 74 riders over 1517 km of
selective sections and 534 km of liaison in six stages of challenging
desert and sand dune conditions. This race will decide the World Cross
Countries Rally Champion and Coma, who leads by three points over rival
Paolo Goncalves of Portugal, starts with number one.
By press release.
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