The Bivouac (general rallye raid news)

Discussion in 'Racing' started by PackMule, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    :lol3 :lol3 I thought you meant resigned( fired for polite people) not re-signed!!! :rofl

    It all suddenly makes sense now! :shog

    Thanks also for the explanation regarding the TE449. Im delighted about that because I just love those bikes!
  2. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    12/03 2013
    KTM Rally Factory Team enters new era ​


    KTM Motorsports has announced a new era for its factory rally team, which as of 2013 will ride under the name of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

    The new team will field a strong three-rider lineup of Marc Coma, Ruben Faria and Kurt Caselli. The KTM factory team presence will be further enhanced by top Chilean rider Francesco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez who will be supported with a full factory package. Lopez will be competing on the same factory rally machine as the other three riders.

    “Just as we always look to the future by constantly developing our rally bikes, we must also do that same with the structure of our factory team. It is essential to evolve, to engage new talent and have the kind of balance and harmony essential for the smooth operation of the team in extreme circumstances like the Dakar Rally,” said Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports. “We want to capitalize on the immense experience and talent of riders like Marc Coma, but also need to take advantage of those of ambitious up-and-coming riders like Caselli, Faria and Lopez.”

    Coma of Spain, a three times Dakar winner was unable to ride in the 2013 edition because a shoulder injury sustained in a crash in the Morocco Rally had not completely healed. He is now fit and is preparing to defend his World Championship Cross Country Rally title starting with the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (April 4-11). He and his now former KTM factory teammate Cyril Despres between them have dominated the Dakar, winning a total of eight titles of KTM’s 12 consecutive wins in what is certainly the world’s toughest rally.

    Portuguese rider Ruben Faria, long time support rider to Despres enjoyed a very successful 2013 Dakar in his own right, finishing overall second, including a stage victory. Kurt Caselli, KTM’s offroad specialist and US factory rider was called in at the last minute to ride for the injured Coma. He delivered an impressive performance in his first Dakar appearance, including two stage victories. The popular Chilean Lopez was in great form on a KTM 450 Rally bike in the 2013 edition, finishing overall third with four stage victories.

    Beirer underlined that KTM had enjoyed a great era with the Coma-Despres partnership in the factory team but underlined that when a rider of the high caliber of Despres indicated that he wanted to move on and face new challenges that the company had to respect his wish. He said KTM had experienced an era of unprecedented success while Despres has been a member of the company’s factory rally team. “His exemplary achievements are recognized throughout the world of motorsports and he will always be part of the history of our company. We thank him for his contribution and I join with everyone at KTM Motorsports and our entire company to wish him well for his chosen future.”

    Looking forward, Beirer emphasized that it was important to remain open-minded and embrace change. “We must invest in new talent, just as we invest in new technology and I am confident that with the new team structure we will continue to play a dominant role in rally sport.
  3. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon Don't look back

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    So if Despres doesn't already have an arrangement with Honda, the pay he can demand just went down. Worst case scenario, Manuel can teach him how to ride on the cheap.
  4. Mad Cow

    Mad Cow Dakar Addict!

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  5. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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    Interesting Will, I would have imagined it was a pretty good living for the top off roaders in the States, but sounds not?

    Is that because the money is in MX and extreme etc. where the crowds are?

    Of course in Europe it's pretty much the same, but the top riders will make a good living, but there again all the top sportsman do, it just depends on the commercialness of the sport in terms to dictate how many and how much!

    For the Dakar the win and bonus maybe half a million, maybe another 150k factory a top factory salary, plus perks and then other win bonus's and sponsorship - don't know, maybe a million tops if you are a CDP or Coma and get a Dakar win?

    Maybe 200 k for the next 4 or 5 and 50 - 100 k for another 4 or 5?

    Pretty much guesswork, but certainly worth it for the top few, but the opportunities a pretty limited :1drink
  6. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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    :rofl Good one
  7. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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    Well Will, question seems to be answered on that front :rofl:thumb

    Also the one about KTM leaving Rally - certainly doesn't seem that way either !
  8. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    It's a joke - watch the video to the end.
    I guess Cyril's glad he doesn't have to do all those "funny" Red Bull PR gags anymore.

    But he has to go on without Red Bull money..
  9. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl

    But without Faria !!!
  10. italrally

    italrally Been here awhile

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    May be he don't needed it, because:
    A: Honda is paying him a lot more
    B: He will be the head of the new Husqvarna - Pierer rally bikes ?
    C: he is moving to the ( 4/2 ) wheelers, buying Robby Gordons old race cars for
    1,5 million $
  11. ric678

    ric678 Been here awhile

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    That video if pretty funny...even if don't understand french...Red Bull likes to do a lot of those weird contests
  12. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    So I don't see any confirmation from Honda yet, just the goodbye from KTM, right?
  13. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Kurt just confirmed on Twitter that he has signed a 3-year contract with KTM.
  14. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Right. Someone on Twitter claims there's a signed pre-contract between Cyril and HRC.
  15. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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  16. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    What's up with Pedrero now?
  17. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    The pre-contract agreement has been rumored since before Dakar, but I don't see any official word yet of Cyril to HRC though it's really just a formality at this point.
  18. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    I asked HRC if we can expect an announcement soon...we'll see.
  19. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    Surprised Radio Maray isn't blasting right now.

    o talvez si, "Y lo hiceeeeeee, a mi maneraaaaaaa"

    Felicidades Lopez!
  20. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    Can you say whether Sam's contract with HRC runs through Dakar 2014 or beyond?