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Old 03-03-2010, 07:47 AM   #191
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Originally Posted by Beez

That's what I've speculated KTM would do since the 450 rules were announced.
It will be interesting though... they were able to get round the (power to weight) disadvantage this year by going up to 730cc... but next year, I can't see how a 450cc engine is going to be making anything like the power required to make the existing [690]RR bike chassis competitive against the likes of the Aprilia and the Sherco...?

It also doesn't reflect well on their XC4 range of engines? Although (admittedly) they will say those were only ever designed for enduro events, not rally raid...

I reckon KTM cannot possibly be as dominant in stage wins as they have been in the past, even if their logistics mean they do end up with the overall prize? It's sure going to be fun to watch next year!

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