Tony Landh (inmate: Landh of Racing)
#47 (class: Moto Profi)
KTM 450 EXC Six-days, with Raid Designs MRS kit.
Landh of Racing
Tony and his KTM 450EXC
Tony in action - Tuareg Rallye 2013
“From Snow to Sand”
Coming from a primarily enduro racing background, over the years Tony Landh has gained a wealth of experience in European hare-and-hounds style events, together with an impressive resume of short-course desert races in the United States.
More recently he has also embraced desert Rally Raid events - training in Dubai in 2012 before an impressive debut last year on the Tuareg Rallye in Tunisia, with a top ten finish in the Moto Profi class.
Tony’s bike is typical of the new breed of enduro based ‘rally lite’ machines - in this instance a KTM 450 ‘Six Days’ edition with just a few simple modifications required to make it a competitive and lightweight rally bike.
Together with a slightly larger (14L) fuel tank, steering damper and heavy duty skid-plate, Tony utilises the Raid Designs MRS ‘mini’ frame-mounted navigation tower system to hold the minimum of navigation gear, allowing him to concentrate on the riding with the minimum of incumbrance.
“There are many reasons I wanted to return [to the Tuareg Rallye] this year”
says Tony. “The event organization is excellent, the rally route very varied, and the environment is stunning”
He explains. “The road book offers a really good mix of typical high speed rally raid terrain and more technical low speed challenging enduro style riding - so it is far more challenging than a ‘normal’ rally”
He suggests. “The organization also does an excellent job - the flow if the event is flawless throughout the week; and of course the northern Sahara Desert is the polar opposite of the Scandinavian dark woods I am more used to racing in - so very different and inspiring”.
For the 2014 edition of the Tuareg Rallye, Tony will be supported by Torque Racing together with his compatriot contingent from Raid Designs, and his goal this year is to further improve on his 10th position in the overall standings.