Building on an already successful relationship, Yamaha Motor Europe is excited to announce a comprehensive new agreement has been reached with Monster Energy that will see the hugely popular energy drink increase their commitment to all Factory and Official Yamaha Racing MXGP, MX2, EMX250 and EMX125 teams through to 2021.
Having already collaborated with the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 and ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250 teams for the past three years, Monster Energy has strengthened its support to include the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP and MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 teams from 2019 onwards. The new agreement will see the American energy drink brand extend the Title Sponsorship from the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team to include the newly named Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP and Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Teams.
In a major announcement ahead of the final round of the MXGP World Championship taking place at the popular Imola road-racing circuit in Italy this weekend, September 30th, Monster Energy celebrated the three-year agreement with Yamaha Motor Europe by unveiling the base livery that the Monster Energy supported Yamaha Factory and Official teams will use in 2019.
More power, increased agility and added versatility in the victorYZone
The all-new WR450F celebrates 20 years of Yamaha 4-stroke enduro production with a complete redesign that delivers stronger power with increased agility, as well as greater versatility and lighter handling. At the same time as being lighter, slimmer and faster, the all-new 2019 model maintains the characteristics that have made it one of the most popular 450cc enduro models all over the world, namely rock-solid stability, legendary reliability and outstanding high-speed performance.
In the two decades since the first WR-F 4-stroke revolutionized the enduro scene it has established a reputation for its linear and tractable power, high build quality and rugged construction - and these are the key elements that have made the WR450F a firm favourite with fast trail riders and serious racers alike.
Since its original launch in 1998, the WR-F's engine has grown from 400cc to 426cc, and the latest generation reverse cylinder head engine displaces a full 450cc. The new 2019 model has been further developed using advanced engine and chassis technology derived from the latest highly successful YZ450F platform - an apex predator motocross bike that blends mind bending power with absolute control.
WR450F: Built to win in any environment
Yamaha's WR-F enduro bikes have been proving their race-winning potential all over the world in a wide variety of competitive off-road events. In the FIM Enduro World Championship, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team riders Jamie McCanney (E1) and Löic Larrieu (E2) have been challenging hard for the top place on the podium throughout the year - while Larrieu took a sensational outright victory in the 2017 ISDE against the world's best riders. Riding WR-F enduro bikes, Manxman McCanney and Frenchman Larrieu have established Yamaha as a main contender in EWC and underlined the company's total commitment to enduro. In the 2018 Dakar Rally, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider Adrien Van Beveren retained the overall lead on his WR450F Rally for five days until an unfortunate race-ending crash on stage 10. With one stage victory and three more stage runner-up results, Frenchman Van Beveren proved the winning capabilities of the WR450F in the toughest possible environment.
In addition to the legendary Dakar Rally, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team riders have also had a full season competing in Cross Country Rallies all over the world, and the experience gained has contributed towards the development of the new WR450F.
Faster and stronger 450cc reverse-head engine
The all-new WR450F is equipped with a sophisticated reverse cylinder head engine featuring a rearward slanting cylinder that helps to ensure idealized mass centralization. Developed from the MXGP-winning YZ450F motocross bike - and equipped with enduro-specific intake and exhaust systems, fuel injection and ignition advance maps - the new high torque 450cc 4-valve engine produces a broad and linear spread of useable power. With an excellent feeling of traction, the WR450F delivers harder-hitting performance for winning times on enduro special tests.
The stronger engine produces a wider band of pulling power and offers smoother throttle control for technical sections, and these enhanced characteristics - together with the lighter and slimmer feeling chassis - enable the WR450F rider to maintain a faster pace throughout the day.
New smartphone tuning with the Power Tuner app
On board WiFi means that you can tune the new WR450F to suit different tracks and changing weather conditions using a smartphone in association with the Communication Control Unit that is available in the optional race kit*. The new Power Tuner app gives every WR450F rider the ability to make instant fueling and ignition timing changes and upload/share data for the ultimate in track-side tuning.
The free Yamaha Power Tuner app also allows owners to record race log information and monitor a range of data such as maintenance and system diagnosis, engine run time and more.
(* Race kit available separately)
Adjustable engine mode switch
A handlebar-mounted dual engine map switch has been adopted and positioned next to the clutch lever to enable changes in the engine power delivery characteristics mid-race. This switch allows the rider to select one of two engine maps on the fly at the press of a button to cater for changes in the riding environment. Together with the new engine's wider spread of torque, this engine mode switch underlines the new WR450F's versatility and adaptability, making it an ideal enduro bike for racers as well as leisure riders.
Sharper handling aluminium bilateral beam frame
Developed from the latest YZ450F, the all-new aluminium bilateral beam frame is slimmer and lighter, giving it a much lighter and more agile feel through twisty, rocky and technical terrain. The new frame design includes a revised head pipe position, straight tank rail, larger absorption zone and an enlarged rear arm bracket and these elements contribute to an improved agility, precision and traction.
Industry leading front and rear suspension
The WR450F runs a sophisticated suspension system that provides a stable damping force with plenty of surface feedback at low to mid speeds.
Featuring new internals with longer high-rate springs, the industry-leading KYB® air-oil-separate upside-down front forks provide stable damping characteristics over all types of terrain - while the flex-resistant outer tubes contribute to a secure feeling of ground contact. This front suspension system is widely acknowledged as being one of the best available on a production dirt bike, and responds particularly well during the transition between the compression and rebound strokes.
The rear shock absorber is also based on the YZ450F unit and, like the forks, features enduro model-specific settings. Its new 11.5mm diameter coil spring is 350 grams lighter and has a higher fatigue strength than the current model's - and for cooler running and more stable damping force, the capacity of the shock's reservoir has been increased by 30cc.
Larger 7.9 litre fuel tank
For increased riding time between fuel stops the 2019 WR450F is equipped with a newly designed large-capacity 7.9-litre plastic resin fuel tank featuring a compact fuel pump. The increased fuel capacity has been achieved by extending the fuel tank's lower section towards the centre of the bike - a move that improves mass centralization and ensures a slim and compact body design that enhances rider comfort and mobility.
Lighter, slimmer and sharper bodywork and headlight design
Current WR450F riders will appreciate how much this bike has changed for 2019 - and those who are new to Yamaha 4-stroke enduro will be impressed by its easy ergonomics. The new frame has enabled Yamaha's designers to fit much slimmer bodywork that looks and feels more like a 250, making this one of the most compact 450 enduro bikes. Mass centralization is also improved, and the overall impression of lightness and agility is reinforced by the new headlight cowl that sits lower and closer to the rider, giving a sharper race-bred look.
The WR450F is also equipped with new and more compact radiators that facilitate the fitment of narrower and closer-fitting radiator shrouds that contribute towards rider mobility and give added control during stand-up riding. The new shrouds also feature wear resistant in-mould graphics that accentuate the athletic lines of the slim new body design.
More protective skid plate and new speed sensor
The new model gets a larger and lighter plastic resin skid plate that is designed to protect the frame, engine, hoses and water pump from deep ruts and flying debris - and its close-fitting frontal area prevents mud and stones from accumulating in any cavities around the crankcases and so reduces additional running weight.
For quicker and easier front wheel removal the new Yamaha enduro is equipped with a new type speed sensor.
Free flow air filter
For easy maintenance the WR450F gets an all-new airbox that enables tool-free filter changes. The new filter element gives reduced airflow resistance with increased reliability, and features rubber seals at the centre positioning pin for increased dust-filtering capability.
Lighter, tougher clutch & wide?ratio 5?speed transmission
In order to better handle harsh enduro conditions, the durable new clutch is equipped with a highly heat-resistant friction plate - and a new design that eliminates the judder spring is adopted to give a much lighter pull at the lever for better feel and improved controllability.
The new WR450F adopts a wide-ratio 5-speed transmission with modified internals that provides strong off-road performance in difficult and technical areas, as well as strong high-speed performance for flat dirt sections. Also, the shapes of the dog gears have been revised.
Lower and narrower seat
Whether you're sitting down or standing up, the new seat's slimmer design makes it easier to shift your body weight. As well as being 2cm narrower in the front section, the middle and rear sections of the seat are also lower, enabling you to move backwards or forwards more easily for more control when cornering, accelerating or braking.
2019 WR450F Key Features
All-new 450cc engine with optimized settings
Optional race kit with CCU enables Power Tuner app
New handlebar mounted switch adjusts engine mode
New YZ450F-based lightweight bilateral beam frame
Revised KYB® suspension for stable & smooth ride
Slim, mass-centralized 7.9 litre fuel tank
New light, slim and sharp body & headlight design
Tough new skid plate and new speed sensor
New radiator shrouds and easy-access air filter box design
Durable new clutch, 5-speed wide-ratio gearbox
New narrow, lower and more accessible seat
Tough new wear-resistant in-mould graphics
2019 Off Road Competition Models
Yamaha's extensive range of Off Road Competition models including the WR250F enduro, TT-R 4-strokes and the PW50 2-stroke all feature new colours and graphics for 2019.
Genuine Yamaha Accessories
Genuine Yamaha Accessories & GYTR® Performance Products enable every rider to transform their stock Yamaha into a unique factory-style race bike. Designed to give enhanced performance, functionality and style, the range of components includes titanium exhausts and slip-on mufflers, billet clutch covers, discs, wheels, protectors and more.
Yamaha is working closely with approved suppliers to develop new products, and so the Genuine Yamaha Accessories range of parts and accessories is constantly evolving. For full information please visit: www.yamaha-motor.eu/eu/en
AFTER HAVE ACHIEVED OUR GOAL OF BRINGING FRANCESCO BAGNAIA IN MOTOGP,
CONTINUES THE PROJECT ALONGSIDE THE YOUNG ITALIAN RIDERS
NICOLO BULEGA WILL MOVE TO MOTO2 CLASS WHIT LUCA MARINI
CELESTINO VIETTI RAMUS WILL DEBUT IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN MOTO3 NEXT TO DENNIS FOGGIA
CONFIRMED THE PARTNERSHIPS WITH KALEX IN MOTO2 AND KTM IN MOTO3
Pablo Nieto: "To give new life to our project, with the confirmed Luca Marini and Dennis Foggia, we have decided to invest into two rookies".
Nicolò Bulega: "It will be a new challenge, I am motivated to give my best and happy to face this jump together with the Sky Racing Team VR46, the team with which I made my debut in the World Championship in 2016".
Celestino Vietti Ramus: "Arriving into the World Championship is a dream comes true. A lot of work awaits me, the required effort will be really important, but it is a great opportunity".
Milan, September 19th, 2018. New beginnings, innovations and confirmations for the 2019 season of the Sky Racing Team VR46, which continues its project of growth and valorization of young talents of Italian motorcycling supporting them on both aspects, human and sporting side, of their growth. A goal achieved with Francesco Bagnaia, who with the Sky Racing Team VR46 raced in Moto3 and then in Moto2, before arriving in MotoGP where next year he will ride the Ducati of Team Alma Pramac Racing.
For the 2019 season, the Team born in 2014 from the partnership between Sky and the VR46, will be on the starting grid with great ambitions, both in Moto2 and Moto3, thanks to the passion and the professionalism of its crew, the talent of the riders and under the guidance of the Team Manager Pablo Nieto.
For the third consecutive year, the lineup of the Team is composed by four riders in two categories: Nicolò Bulega will join Luca Marini in Moto2 on Kalex, while Celestino Vietti Ramus will debut in the World Championship alongside Dennis Foggia in Moto3 on KTM.
MOTO2 - A new challenge awaits Nicolò Bulega, who will share the Moto2 garage with Luca Marini confirmed in the intermediate category for achieving ambitious goals in 2019. Luca is one of the most convincing and competitive riders of the season so far with three podiums in a row. Nicolò, after having made his debut in the World Championship with the Sky Racing Team VR46 in Moto3 in 2016, continues his natural growth path jumping in a category that is better suited to his technical and physical characteristics.
"After three seasons in Moto3, I'm ready to join this new adventure, full of expectations and motivations – said Bulega - I'll give my best and I'm really happy to have at my side, once again in a key moment of my career, the Sky Racing Team VR46. I will continue to stay focused on the current season, but I can not wait to get on the new bike".
MOTO3 - From the CEV to the World Championship: after two seasons with the Sky VR46 Junior Team, Celestino Vietti Ramus will arrive in Moto3. The 16 years old, will repeat the same steps of his team-mate Dennis Foggia who made his debut in the World Championship in 2018 after having dressed the colors of the Junior Team. In the VR46 Riders Academy since 2015, Celestino is currently in tenth place in the FIM CEV standings with a third place in Barcelona as the best result of the season so far.
"Every young rider dreams of having this kind support and making his debut in the Championship in one of the best teams in the category. After two seasons in the CEV with the Junior Team, where I grew up, I gained experience thanks to the competence and professionalism of my crew, it's time to take this step and join the new challenge together with Sky and the VR46 Riders Academy. I'm really happy, a lot of work will be waiting me, the effort required will be really important, but it's a great opportunity ". – said Vietti.
At his side, for the second year on the starting grid of the Moto3 World Championship, Dennis Foggia for confirming all the good things he has shown in the current season.
The Team Manager Pablo Nieto: "Thanks to Pecco, we have achieved our goal and, next year, for the first time a rider grown up in the Sky Racing Team VR46 will debut in MotoGP with a very competitive bike and Team. It was a great result for all of us, we have celebrated it, we have enjoyed this great satisfaction, but at the same time, this pushes us to move forward and continue to support the young Italian riders of our team with the same passion and professionalism. We have achieve an important result thanks to the effort of all the crew and this has to motivate us to continue in this direction without leaving any detail to chance. For this reason, to give new life to our project, alongside the confirmed Luca Marini and Dennis Foggia, we have decided to invest into two rookies. On one hand, in Moto2, Nicolò will debut in the upper category with many expectations, riding a bike that it will best suit on his physical characteristics and with which he can express his full potential. On the other hand, Celestino will join the Moto3 Team, after a two-year experience with the Junior Team. He is young, but ready to jump in the World Championship and motivated to give his 100%. From a technical point of view, we have made a choice that menas stability considering the relationships of mutual trust that, over the years, we have built with KTM and Kalex ".
Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce the signing of Gautier Paulin to the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP Team where he will race a YZ450F alongside teammate Arnaud Tonus in the 2019 MXGP World Championship.
As one of the most talented riders in the world, Paulin already has an incredible list of achievements. The 28-year-old Frenchman has won 11 Grand Prix rounds, three in MX2 and eight in MXGP, and has stood on the podium 52 times, 18 times in MX2 and 34 in MXGP. He has claimed 19 race wins in total throughout that time, three were on a 250cc in the MX2 class, and 14 were aboard a 450cc inside the premier class, MXGP.
The incredibly talented Frenchman won the EMX250 Championship in 2007 and in that same year he made his FIM Motocross World Championship debut as a wild-card entry in the MX2 class at six of the 15 rounds where his best race finish was a fourth-place in Northern Ireland. His 2008 season was cut-short by injury meaning his first full term in MX2 was in 2009 where he won three rounds and finished the season as the bronze medallist.
In 2011, he stepped up to the premier class formerly known as 'MX1' and now named 'MXGP', where he won the opening round in Fermo, Italy, onboard a Yamaha YZ450FM, and that was the same bike he took to victory at the 2011 Motocross of Nations in Saint Jean d'Angely, France, where he was the captain of the 'Home Team'. Having missed most of the 2011 season due to injury, Paulin was back with a vengeance in 2012 where he finished third in the MXGP championship classification in what was practically his rookie year.
In 2015, the French star finished as the runner-up in the MXGP World Championship, and then went on to add one more medal to his tally with yet another bronze inside the premier class in 2017.
In addition to his individual achievements, the French phenomenon has had the honour of representing his nation at the prestigious Monster Energy Motocross of Nations on nine occasions where he has played a vital role in the teams' success, that includes four gold medals, in 2014, '15, '16 and '17, and two silver medals, in 2009, and '11. He will represent Team France for a tenth time, alongside Yamaha Factory rider Dylan Ferrandis and Jordi Tixier, at the 2018 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations that will take place on the weekend of October 7th at the Red Bud circuit in Michigan, USA.
The National Cross Country season finale unfolded in Carletonville this weekend and proved to be a ground-breaking occasion for KTM South Africa.The orange brand made history by winning every National title possible and the 2018 Manufacturers Award.
Taking centre stage was Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Ross Branch, who claimed the prestigious overall and OR1 title for the third consecutive time.
It was a hard-fought victory for the motorsport star who entered the event just a point ahead of arch rival Kenny Gilbert.
From the moment the pair took off from the start line it was a bar-to-bar battle where Branch managed to take the lead in the early stages of the race. Despite some technical terrain and tight forest trails, his gap on Gilbert only widened with each passing lap.
After a testing 300 km’s in the saddle, Branch stormed to cross the final chequered flag of the season with an impressive three minute lead.
It was a heart-warming scene as fans surrounded the rider in orange shirts that had especially been designed for the occasion before he had even wrapped up the championship.
The local support comes at a time when the rider needs it most as he prepares for the 2019 Dakar Rally.
“It’s been a long, tiring year! I needed this Championship - it was on my bucket list before I head off to Dakar. I couldn’t do any of it without my team and supporters, and hope to make them proud when I head to Peru next year,” said Branch.
After one of the most nail-biting seasons of his career, Branch commended Gilbert on his fight:
“Racing with Kenny has been tough – he’d win one then I’d win one. We were basically tie coming into this event, and it came down to whoever got first today. He’s an amazing athlete, so hats off to him.”
The second championship title for Brother Leader Tread KTM came from OR3’s Jarryd Coetzee.
As spectators celebrated the spectacular finish, many were unaware of the immense effort it had taken the rider to even get to the start line this season.
With perseverance and a strong commitment to his rehab programme, Coetzee had spent the past two years overcoming a severe knee injury. While at times the possibility of returning to competitive racing form seemed highly unlikely, Coetzee pulled off the most exciting come back of his career.
It was an emotional moment as he switched off his bike at the finish line on Saturday, and he kept his helmet on for a few minutes to gain composure before commenting:
“It’s been nine years since my first national title, and two years on the sideline – that felt like awfully long time with a lot of effort and emotion. There have been so many ups and a whole lot of downs to get to this point, but I finally have the championship – I couldn’t be happier!”
Adding yet another reason for Brother Leader Lead KTM to celebrate was a third National title from Juan ‘Bollie’ van Rooyen.
The Senior rider snatched up the championship for the fifth consecutive time in his career, and the 2018 title certainly took the biggest fight.
Van Rooyen entered the event with a slender lead, and needed to finish ahead of Wade Blaauw to secure the championship.
“I came into the last round knowing that if I didn’t win this race, I’d lose the Championship. There was a lot of pressure, and this kind of terrain didn’t suit my style of riding. But I put in the work, the bike was awesome, and I managed to pull off the win!” said van Rooyen.
Rounding out the victorious orange streak was the Masters title from Pieter Holl, Gareth Cole of KTM Durban taking the OR2 title and Nardus Rabe from Roost KTM taking the High School title.
A beaming KTM South Africa Managing Director, Franziska Brandl, gave a parting shot as the memorable event drew to a close:
“Wow, what a nail-biting season this has been and I couldn’t be prouder today! Going home with every single championship and the Manufacturers Award is much more than we could have asked for. The future of our sport is really bright – in orange I would say!”
The FIM Junior Motocross World Championship event is recognised as one of the most important on the international motocross calendar, with the 125cc and 85cc categories featuring official world championship status and the 65cc category ranking as a world cup. It brings together riders from 21 different countries who not only race for their flag but also for themselves.
After recently being crowned European Champion, Camden was ready to take on another big race of his career down under. Been hosted in Australia meant the team didn’t have any equipment of their own there so called on the support of local mx fanatic Glenn MacDonald who offered the team top class support.
Day 1 of the event got off to a good start. There were 2 free practice sessions where Camden was able to get a good feel for the track and was in the top 3 for both these sessions. The afternoon qualifying session Camden was in a good flow and got faster and faster securing 2nd gate pick for the Sunday races.
Day 2 was very different to day 1 with the track conditions being a lot wetter and the weather a lot cooler. Coming in confident after a good day 1 with some great riding Camden got off to a poor start in moto 1 when the rider to his right made a mistake of the start gate.
Camden pushed through the pack from 5th last in the first corner to take a hard fought 7th place. Moto 2 he got off to a solid start coming out of the 1st corner round 8th and from there made some quick passes to get up to 3rd where he was able to challenge for 2nd but unable to make the pass so finished that moto in 3rd. He was really disappointed with bits of his riding and starts but he walks way from here with many valuable lessons learnt. Camden finished the JuniorWorld MX Champs 2018 with a 5th overall.
All possible because of the support from the following sponsors:
KOSAK, KTM, Motorex, SN Hydraulik, Troy Lee Designs, Bridgestone, Mefo Mousse, Xtrig, ORS Suspension, Matura, Goldfren, Twinair, www.q-brands.de (Pepp Underwear, Herschel Supply Co, 2XU), Esjot Sprockets, KTM South Africa, Red Bull South Africa, Werthaus Wohnbau
Making light work of a tough round six of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship in Edolo, Italy, Jamie McCanney twice finished as runner-up in the highly-competitive Enduro 1 category at the GP of Italy. Collecting valuable points, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider remains second in the provisional Enduro 1 World Championship with two rounds to go.
Featuring challenging special tests in muddy and wet conditions, the GP of Italy was tough both physically and mentally for all competitors. Back to competitive fitness following his shoulder injury at the previous round of the series, Jamie McCanney entered the GP of Italy focused on collecting as many points as possible for the championship.
Starting the weekend with a positive third place result in the short opening SuperTest, the WR250F powered rider was a force to be reckoned with during the first full day of racing. Posting times inside the top-three in 11 out of 12 tests, McCanney secured the runner-up spot in the 250cc class.
On day two McCanney posted top-three times in all but two tests, to secure his second consecutive runner-up result in the Enduro 1 category. Despite being unable to score points at the GP of Trentino due to his shoulder injury, Jamie remains second in the provisional Enduro 1 World Championship standings. With two rounds still to be contested, he is now 24 points behind provisional leader Brad Freeman.
Jamie McCanney and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Methamis, France for the penultimate round of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on September 22/23.
(Honda Racing Corporation) contract rider and Honda factory team (Repsol Honda Team) rider Toni Bou has won the 2018 FIM* Trial World Championship. He has clinched his 12th consecutive title by winning the trial in Great Britain on September 2.
Since clinching his first world championship title in 2007 on HRC's Montesa COTA 4RT factory bike, Bou increases his unparalleled consecutive championship titles to 12. He has also won his 12th consecutive X Trial World Championship, an indoor competition raced on artificially prepared sections.
Overcoming injuries in the pre-season X Trial World Championship, Bou started off the season in style, winning the TrialGP Spain 18. He then went on to finish 4th / 2nd in Japan but bounced back by winning the next four rounds. Worries of his injuries were unfounded as the Spaniard dominated the season, including his 100th Trial World Championship victory in Round 4, Portugal. Bou has won the championship with the final round, TrialGP Italy 18 yet to be raced on September 16.
* FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
"Today was a very special day. We knew that this race would not be easy and that we could not make any mistakes and had to battle on even in the difficult sections. There was a lot of nerves and a lot of pressure, but there is nothing better than winning the world championship with a victory. I started this season with injuries, but I managed to overcome them. I thank the team, our sponsors, and all of my fans."
Yoshishige Nomura, HRC President
"I'd like to congratulate Toni for performing as excellent as ever and winning the championship, despite his pre-season injuries. I'd also like to thank the team, our sponsors who have supported our racing activities, and Trial fans worldwide, for helping Toni break his own record of 11 consecutive championship titles. HRC will continue conducting racing activities in a way that will bring excitement to motorsports fans."
KTM South Africa made history this weekend by hosting the first sell out Adventure Rally that the orange brand has seen.
The event took place in Swaziland from 23-25 August, and was one of six locations chosen by KTM to showcase some of the most scenic and adventurous trails on earth.
Close to 300 riders arrived at Lugogo Sun Hotel for registration on Thursday, with the likes motorsport legendsLyndon Poskitt, Ross Branch and Alfie Cox in the mix.
"This kind of event is really important for the adventure community we have in South Africa. It brings us all together and keeps our passion for this lifestyle alive," said Cox.
For some riders, the appeal of this event in particular came from far more than the promise of an untamed Swaziland adventure.
Riaan Neveling, Marketing Manager of KTM South Africa, had hearts racing when he invited riders to compete in the 'Ultimate Race' for a prize worth R500,000.
Specific challenges were presented over the weekend, and the two top competitors, Christiaan Odendaal andGreg Hodgskin, were awarded an all-inclusive trip to the iconic 2019 Merzouga Rally in Morocco.To top things off, the lucky riders will be given a brand new KTM 790 Adventure R to tour with.
For international participants, the rally was an opportunity to experience the unique and truly South African sense of adventure.
Harrison Norton from KTM Australia was moved by not only the heart-felt support from local Swazi people, but the wild and carefree spirit of South African riders.
"It's been wild! Every time we rode past the locals, they were genuinely so excited and would run out to see us... I've never seen that kind of thing in Australia. The South African people are really incredible - small issues like the rain on Friday didn't dampen the mood at all. They're just so ready to make the most of every situation and the friendliest group of people I've come across," Norton enthused.
A stand-out aspect of this event was that it not only catered for bike-mad dad's and 'beers and the boys’ but was an all-inclusive family experience.
Many wives signed up as pillions, even for the tougher and more technical orange route. After 234 km's of wet and windy trails on Friday, BeauAnn Jordaan commented:"I'll admit that sometimes I turn that microphone off when I need a break from all the banter! But on a serious note, being a pillion creates an incredible bonding experience with my husband. I'd really encourage more women to try it."
A parting shot from Belgium's Yve's Grofils, who flew out for the KTM Adventure Rally for the second year in a row:
"When KTM decided to organise this event, I just couldn't miss it! I arrived here and was welcomed by the same South African motorcycling family I've grown to love, and this adventure in Swaziland with them this weekend was everything I expected and more."