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Discussion in 'Racing' started by RenoMoto, Dec 23, 2012.
The creation of two new rally teams;
No Brainer... bye BMW
KTM buy Husky-Speed.
Great interview and looks like KMT wants Kurt on a rally bike.
It would be an interesting purchase if true. I see a lot of redundancy among then KTM, Husky, and Husaberg. Either they may be looking to reshift the three brands towards different target audiences or they are buying market share to challenge Japan.
It is curious because I thought BMW bought Husky to get BMW out of the dirt business. Perhaps they want out of the dirt business altogether? I can imagine the influx of money into Husky is negligible at best considering the overall size of the BMW group.
There are some rumblings that the CEO individually may be the one doing the buying. I suppose that would be Stefan Pierer ?
sorry for Nuking my posts, moved them to over here to keep this thread Kurt-related
From what I've read, this seems to be the case. Maybe even financing the deal by selling his shares of KTM. Which would mean that Bajaj will now have controlling interest in KTM. :eek1
since this thread is already off topic, talk about a class act.
This just in from KTM -
Lucerne Valley, CA Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli did not finish the opening round of the AMA National Hare and Hound Series after stopping to help a fellow racer, and his personal friend, fallen on the trail. Caselli helped his friend to safety, but unfortunately, did not earn any points for the first round.
The day started better than it ended for Caselli, who is fresh off his return from the Dakar Rally where he won two stages of the famous long-distance race. Caselli pulled the holeshot after the riders launched off the start line and down the bomb. In the opening miles he battled with top riders for the lead position. As they reached the 10 mile marker, the riders encountered the most challenging hill of the day. Unfortunately, Caselli hit a large boulder in this section that smashed his rear brake system. He had to ride the remainder of the downhill and the next 30 miles without rear brakes until he got to the pits.
His mechanic was ready for him when he got there and did a quick change of the brake system. Caselli returned to the race outside the top twenty but was quickly making up time. Partway into the second loop, while Caselli was sitting in an estimated 16th place, he spotted a fallen rider on the trail. The rider had broken his leg and had not been seen by any of the previous riders. Caselli made a decision to stop and care for the rider. He helped the rider get on the back of his bike and rode him to the medics.
I felt like it was the right thing to do, remarked Caselli after the race. I definitely wanted to finish the race and earn as many points as I could toward the championship but I did not want to leave a fellow rider on the trail without help. Luckily, this is the first race of the series and I have some time to come back and hopefully make up the ground I lost today.
Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager, Antti Kallonen, also commented, It was a tough race today. We are proud of Caselli for helping his friend. We know many of us would have done the same thing. What is important is that Caselli was riding well and we know he will be strong for the remainder of the season. We are looking forward to the next round.
Casellis teammate, Ivan Ramirez, also suffered an unfortunate circumstance after a sinus infection escalated and caused him to get Bells palsy. Ramirez did show up at the race, but decided not to race prior to the start of the event after he had difficulty with his vision. Ramirez is currently in the process of healing from his illness and is hoping for a full recovery before the second round of the series.
I believe the rider Kurt helped is Brandon Prieto we wish him a speedy recovery. Neena
Not that Kurt wouldn't have stopped anyway but I'm wondering if the Dakar experience makes one hyper-sensitive to helping another rider.