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MY22 KTM eDRIVEKTM’s 12eDRIVE and 16eDRIVE balance bikes provide the best and easiest way for kids to discover the first shoots of two-wheeled adrenaline and the 2022 models have been styled to carry that special ‘READY TO RACE’ vibe. Speed and excitement whizzes from a durable e-mobility product that has ripped thousands of miles of terrain around the world and now comes in the latest KTM aesthetic to match the look of the factory race bikes!

Kids spend their days hunting fun. Some of them also want to look cool and copy their early sporting heroes. This is where the buzz and the new 2022 style of KTM’s balance bikes hit the mark. The practicality and the versatility of electric power provides the perfect entry-level platform for the smallest of potential bikers. Juniors can revel in the simplicity of power-assisted pace and the raw instincts of motorcycling thanks to the KTM 12eDRIVE and 16eDRIVE electric balance bikes. MY22 KTM eDRIVE 1Any future rider can grasp the basic feeling of bars, wheels, torque and balance. They can emulate their Red Bull KTM Factory Racing heroes before developing to shred a track with a bike like the KTM SX-E 5 – an innovative electric motocrosser that can ‘grow’ with a child. 

The KTM 12eDRIVE is the ideal starter for rapidly changing children. Featuring 12” wheels with pneumatic tires and a low 33 cm seat height, it allows riders to learn to push or coast with confidence before graduating to the 3-level powered mode. It weighs less than 8kg, boasts an aluminum frame and BMX style forks. MY22 KTM eDRIVE 3The KTM 16eDRIVE is the clear choice for slightly taller riders or those with more ‘miles’ or a slightly larger 45-61 inseam measurement. The bike has a high-output motor that is slightly more powerful than its smaller brother. It is fitted with larger 16” wheels and provides an increased 43cm seat height. 

Both models offer quick charging and roughly 30 - 60 minutes of run-time for an exceptional amount of fun, along with hours of hand-eye coordination and outdoor exercise. Kids can also appreciate the freedom and empowerment of a throttle. Light, portable, robust, intuitive and ‘race-styled’, both the KTM 12eDRIVE and the KTM 16eDRIVE are essential appetizers ahead of the wide possibilities and competitiveness offered by the KTM SX-E 5. MY22 KTM eDRIVE 4
To complete the package, KTM’s 2022 PowerWear catalog has a mix of eye-catching apparel, from protective to stylistically appropriate! The STATUS helmet has been made especially for KTM and electric balance bike riders by eyewear and bicycle helmet specialists 100%. The STATUS is light with washable, moisture-wicking liners, cheek pads and an adjustable peak. The American company’s STRATA goggles allow great vision through an anti-fog and anti-scratch lens, two-layer fleece-foam and a band with a silicone strap for better helmet grip. The ‘rigors’ of offroad can be tackled with the GRAVITY-FX EDRIVE shirt that gives mini-racers the same type of material and fabric performance as their motocross idols.MY22 KTM eDRIVE 2end bike test


andrew short Dakar Rally 2022 Stage1 0680The 2022 Dakar Rally has reached its conclusion with Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren and Andrew Short successfully completing the world’s toughest rally raid well inside the overall top 10. For Adrien Van Beveren, his encouraging form throughout the race saw him impressively lead the event on two separate occasions. Taking the race for overall victory down to the very last stage, the Frenchman eventually missed out on a top-three finish by the narrowest of margins. Andrew Short also enjoyed a largely positive time at the Dakar with the American claiming eight top-10 stage results on his way to finishing a highly commendable eighth overall.

Besides Ross Branch being ruled out of the event due to injury following a fall on stage seven, the 2022 Dakar Rally has been an incredibly successful one for the entire Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team. In addition to the riders’ Yamaha WR450F Rally machines running flawlessly throughout the entire event, Adrien Van Beveren narrowly missed out on the overall podium with Andrew Short demonstrating just what he’s capable of during the race.

Equalling his best overall finish at the Dakar, Adrien Van Beveren has placed an impressive fourth overall at the 2022 edition of the iconic event. Leading the race on two separate occasions this year and placing no lower than fourth overall throughout the entire rally, the Frenchman was undoubtedly in fine form throughout the competition. Delivering pin-point accuracy with his navigation day-after-day, Adrien delivered one of the stand-out performances in the motorcycle category. adrien van beveren Dakar Rally 2022 prologue 0516If not for a frustrating navigational error on stage one, which affected him as well as many of his rivals, Andrew Short may well have joined Adrien in the top five overall. After losing considerable time early on, the 39-year-old was faultless through the remaining stages at the Dakar as he worked his way up the leaderboard. At the end of 12 stages and almost 40 hours of racing, Andrew secured eighth overall, narrowly missing out on placing seventh by just five seconds.

Securing further positive results at the Dakar Rally for Yamaha, Camelia Liparoti, driving her YXZ1000R Prototype, posted strong stage results throughout the event to claim sixth overall in the Light Prototype class. adrien van beveren Dakar Rally 2022 Stage11 2284Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

"The race is over and I have mixed feelings about it, but on the whole it has been a really positive race for myself and the team. I’m really happy to have finished the race, the first time since 2017, so I’m really pleased about that. But on the other hand, it looked certain that I would podium or maybe even take the win. But with the issue yesterday, that’s just part of rally racing and it wasn’t meant to be. I’m really happy for the team. Everyone has worked super hard and my bike was amazing. I have no regrets about anything and I gave it everything that I had. To be fighting for the win at the Dakar, it was an amazing experience and now I’m looking forward to the future."

andrew short Dakar Rally 2022 Stage11 2286Andrew Short – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

"I’m so happy to have reached the finish line. The Dakar is such a crazy race that finishing is a great achievement in itself. The final stage was pretty cool, a bit tight a twisty with some nice terrain. Before the rally I hoped to finish higher and it wasn’t through lack of effort or anything – it was solely down to the issue I had on stage one. I did the best I could after that but that’s just how rally is sometimes. The team have been amazing. They built a great bike for me, which didn’t miss a beat all race and I’m happy that we had two guys in the top 10."adrien van beveren Dakar Rally 2022 Stage12 2384end bike test


MY22 KTM eDRIVEKTM’s 12eDRIVE and 16eDRIVE balance bikes provide the best and easiest way for kids to discover the first shoots of two-wheeled adrenaline and the 2022 models have been styled to carry that special ‘READY TO RACE’ vibe. Speed and excitement whizzes from a durable e-mobility product that has ripped thousands of miles of terrain around the world and now comes in the latest KTM aesthetic to match the look of the factory race bikes!

Kids spend their days hunting fun. Some of them also want to look cool and copy their early sporting heroes. This is where the buzz and the new 2022 style of KTM’s balance bikes hit the mark. The practicality and the versatility of electric power provides the perfect entry-level platform for the smallest of potential bikers. Juniors can revel in the simplicity of power-assisted pace and the raw instincts of motorcycling thanks to the KTM 12eDRIVE and 16eDRIVE electric balance bikes. MY22 KTM eDRIVE 2Any future rider can grasp the basic feeling of bars, wheels, torque and balance. They can emulate their Red Bull KTM Factory Racing heroes before developing to shred a track with a bike like the KTM SX-E 5 – an innovative electric motocrosser that can ‘grow’ with a child. 

The KTM 12eDRIVE is the ideal starter for rapidly changing children. Featuring 12” wheels with pneumatic tires and a low 33 cm seat height, it allows riders to learn to push or coast with confidence before graduating to the 3-level powered mode. It weighs less than 8kg, boasts an aluminum frame and BMX style forks. 

The KTM 16eDRIVE is the clear choice for slightly taller riders or those with more ‘miles’ or a slightly larger 45-61 inseam measurement. The bike has a high-output motor that is slightly more powerful than its smaller brother. It is fitted with larger 16” wheels and provides an increased 43cm seat height. MY22 KTM eDRIVE 4Both models offer quick charging and roughly 30 - 60 minutes of run-time for an exceptional amount of fun, along with hours of hand-eye coordination and outdoor exercise. Kids can also appreciate the freedom and empowerment of a throttle. Light, portable, robust, intuitive and ‘race-styled’, both the KTM 12eDRIVE and the KTM 16eDRIVE are essential appetizers ahead of the wide possibilities and competitiveness offered by the KTM SX-E 5. 

To complete the package, KTM’s 2022 PowerWear catalog has a mix of eye-catching apparel, from protective to stylistically appropriate! The STATUS helmet has been made especially for KTM and electric balance bike riders by eyewear and bicycle helmet specialists 100%. The STATUS is light with washable, moisture-wicking liners, cheek pads and an adjustable peak. The American company’s STRATA goggles allow great vision through an anti-fog and anti-scratch lens, two-layer fleece-foam and a band with a silicone strap for better helmet grip. The ‘rigors’ of offroad can be tackled with the GRAVITY-FX EDRIVE shirt that gives mini-racers the same type of material and fabric performance as their motocross idols.MY22 KTM eDRIVE 3end bike test


MATTHave you ever been in a situation where you can see an accident unfolding – to someone else – yet there’s nothing you can do to warn them or prevent the inevitable outcome? 

Working for a big bike magazine in the UK where we were under constant deadline pressure to get some pretty radical images means I have watched colleagues have accidents or miraculously escape what seemed like nailed down dead cert catastrophes on far too many occasions.

Sometimes there would only be a bit of dented pride, on other occasions bones were broken, but thankfully nothing worse.B78 uDsCcAANnjAOne instance when myself and Bill were out on a photoshoot during the winter would lead directly to me coming up with a plan to force my tight-fisted bosses to fund the leasing of a long-wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter van, so we would be able to pack and tow a load of bikes and head off to sunnier climes to get competition-beating images for the magazine.

That move in itself led to some stories that still make me shudder and giggle at the sheer lunacy of the antics that ensued in foreign lands, but for the moment let’s concentrate on something that is seared into my brain as one of the most unexplainable tales of survival from my days at Superbike in the UK in the late 1990’s.

It was the dead of winter, which isn’t usually that horrendous in southern England, but we were in the middle of a wicked cold snap and there’d even been a decent dump of snow. Deadline waits for no man though, and we needed pictures of two rare and exceedingly expensive ‘specials’ that had been built by V&M.98955787 2982349888546307 3526298837280882688 nAs usual the editor had given us conflicting instructions that warned us about causing any damage to bikes that we were going to be the first to test, yet also exhorted us to make sure we got some proper action-packed images – decent wheelies and some proper lean angle.

Yeah, right, in between the snow drifts on public roads and with just a one-day shoot to get everything we needed for what might also end up being a front cover image. No problem.

As the mag’s road test editor it was my job to feign confidence and say “No worries, boss” before I returned to my desk, phoned Bill and proceeded to mix copious amounts of worrying with a generous helping of moaning.100508761 2982349605213002 4386812147967983616 nIt was thus that I found myself parked one morning at a minor service station on a main road just outside London, shivering uncontrollably in not much more than a T-shirt and a bit of dead cow – because fancy logo’d racing leathers is what the photoshoot necessitated.

I had at my disposal two of the most desirable bikes in the UK at the time, but I couldn’t have cared less. I was genuinely worried that my fingers and toes would never regain any feeling and we hadn’t even taken the first picture of the day.

V&M Racing was a leading ‘tuning’ shop, running successful race teams in the British championships and notably at the Isle of Man TT races where with David Jeffries they had won the senior TT with a Yamaha R1 in 1999 – in the process bringing an end to 17 consecutive years of Honda victories.e8f00f5847140a563be8b4a97375bd2bThe ‘V’ in the company’s name was Jack Valentine who was an ex-drag racer while the ‘M’ denoted Steve Mellor, a man regarded as something of a guru when it came to getting reliable performance from an engine. So good were they at what they did that the likes of Carl Fogarty, Rob McElnea and James Whitham – the big guns of the British scene at the time – were all using their motors.

V&M Racing had made a replica of the TT-winning bike for the road and I was riding it. Normally I would have been ecstatic to be riding something so intoxicatingly powerful – up around 170hp if memory serves – but all I clearly remember is the loud yellow and red paintwork, the uncompromising racing position and suspension that would have been fine at 250km/h on the Isle of Man but felt as compliant as a brick at tippy-toe speeds in the freezing conditions with which I was confronted.

Bill was on another special creation, made a little earlier in 1999 before V&M had switched their close allegiance from Honda to Yamaha. It was a 50th anniversary Honda celebration of the CBR1200XX Super Blackbird. You’ve no doubt encountered the stock bike on many occasions over the years, it was Honda’s entry into the top speed pissing contest that Kawasaki and Suzuki were at that time engaged in, with the ZZR1200 and Hayabusa.honda cbr motorbike petrol 39452837In usual Honda style the Blackbird was very good, but also a bit boring, and not quite powerful enough although I do remember it just about matching up in terms of top speed. Anyway, to celebrate 50 years of Honda being, erm, Honda, V&M were commissioned to produce 50 special versions that had more power, uprated suspension and some other goodies. 

The bike cost about 50% more than the standard model, and although it was bright red, more powerful and in theory capable of breaking the 200mph (320km/h) barrier only 25 of the intended 50 were ever produced. I don’t remember too much about the test, other than the cold and the abject fear – more on that in a moment – so I suppose that despite the addition of some V&M chilli into the mix the bike still remained essentially a Honda Blackbird, but red. And expensive. 

In other words, it was largely forgettable.

The same couldn’t be said for the riding conditions. It had been the usual early start with the mercury a few degrees below zero so riding to meet Bill at the start point for the day was absolute torture. The air was so cold that I felt like I was being garrotted by the wind it was so viciously freezing as it whistled around my neck.99113153 2982349785212984 3677544633140772864 nOf course as soon as you shut the visor on the helmet it would immediately mist up and so I had to ride with it half-cracked which made my eyes water like I was at my own funeral. No two ways about it, this was one of the most miserable fucking experiences I’d ever endured on a bike.

Normally you can lift your mood with a bit of hooning; pulling the occasional wheelie, a brief dash to the redline in a couple of gears, maybe lob it into a corner more quickly than is reasonably safe and get your heart pumping and the adrenaline coursing through your system.

I tried a wheelie but with the fancy race rubber that was fitted the rear would just spin up at even the merest hint of a sudden dose of throttle and as for pitching into a corner with any enthusiasm, you could forget that as well. A few twitches and mini-slides from the front end at what felt like walking speed and I was ready to phone my editor and hand in my resignation. Bollocks to the front cover, I was more interested in going home and slipping back under my warm bed covers.

When Bill eventually pitched up – he could be relied upon to always arrive late – he couldn’t get a word in edgeways faced with my non-stop 100mph whining and whingeing (I couldn’t find a neck-warmer earlier in the morning, hence the painful neck experience) and before I knew it he’d disappeared into the petrol station.100082177 2982350095212953 7419315610225475584 nHe emerged with a pack of cloths, the dish-washing kind, and proceeded to tie them together into a multi-coloured improvised scarf for me. It made no bloody difference, but it was the thought that counted, I suppose.

portrait bearded naked man snow 260nw 1071174296We then headed off to meet the photographer at a legendary local roundabout where we’d be able to get some knee-down shots. It was a banker location, a decently wide radius for the roundabout meant a fairly quick second gear turn and it had some proper grip. Or at least it did when there wasn’t snow piled at the edges of the road.

Bill was leading and as we arrived we checked the photographer already set up to take some shots so into the roundabout we went and started circulating. I liked to let Bill lead whenever we did anything involving corners because then I could show off and ride around the outside of him at some point.

My racing experience involved corners and he was a drag racing feller so it wasn’t really that much of a victory, but kids will be kids, you know? Except this time, even though he was riding that big bloater of a Honda, he started to leave me.

I felt like I was crashing as soon as I started to lean even a little bit and I just couldn’t close the gap. Bill meanwhile appeared to be suffering from brain freeze or something and just kept leaning more and getting steadily faster.

I got properly worried at this point, I didn’t care what part of Bill got broken but I didn’t fancy telling V&M their special 50th anniversary Honda was now considerably less special and wedged under the armco at the edge of the road so I made a dive for one of the exits in something approaching a full panic.

The stupid git was surely on the point of binning it and yet he seemed completely oblivious. I slid to a halt, jumped off the R1 and ran back to the roundabout waving my arms like an escaped lunatic who thought he could fly, dish-cloths flapping around my helmet, half-expecting to find Bill spitting out bits of gravel only to see him come around once again with his knee buried in the road like he was trying to plough the Tarmac .

What a twat, but fair play, what a great shot. I blocked his path the next time around and forced him off the roundabout whereupon he gave me a quizzical “Wassup?”

He had absolutely no idea how close he was to lobbing a bike that was worth more than a year of my pre-tax salary. He was quite capable of getting serious lean on a bike, but he generally performed such feats through a fortunate mix of bravado and luck, complemented by a generous helping of blind faith. 99377920 2982349718546324 8538109042705301504 nFeel and finesse really weren’t his thing when it came to corners, he reserved those finer elements of mastering bike control to launching a bike from standstill to a point a quarter of a mile away in as brief a time as possible.

When we eventually got the images back from the developer’s (yes, this was still in the days of actual film) and engaged in our ritual nodding frenzy over a lightbox as we took an eye-glass to each individual frame I couldn’t believe we’d managed to survive the day intact. 

Beautiful images of Bill knee-down (my shots would have required a knee-slider as thick as one of Bill’s girlfriends to be on the deck), snow in the edges of the frame, tyres covered in that fine, dusty grime you get at that time of year and where the edges of the tyre are so shiny they look like they, too, have turned to ice.

I definitely stopped him just in time, but for once I was glad he was quicker than me because his pics rescued an otherwise bland set of images for what was supposed to be one of the most bad-ass sport bike magazines on the planet.

A fine day’s work that deserved a front cover, but the editor ended up using a blonde babe in a bikini draped over some new bike (we were the one mag that still had a tits-out centrespread every month) so all that bravery (stoned stupidity) proved to be for nothing.

Story of our lives really.

DISCLAIMER:

All the details in this story are obviously the fictional fever dreams of a failed bike journalist and are subject to an artistic super-license. Amen.THE BIKE SHOWend bike test


mooneyTavullia, December 30th 2021 - Mooney, the first Italian Proximity Banking & Payments company, will be the new title sponsor of the VR46 Racing Team, the motorcycle team created by Valentino Rossi and competing in the MotoGP and Moto2 World Championship.
 
Following the agreement, the new team naming will be Mooney VR46 Racing Team and will be used in all images of the Team (including bikes and rider suits) and in all official communications. Further information will be revealed on January 3rd.

Mooney is the first Proximity Banking & Payments company in Italy which has inherited the experience of two excellences in different, but complementary business sectors: SisalPay in the field of payments, and Banca 5 (Intesa Sanpaolo Group) in banking. Thanks to its extensive network of over 45.000 points of sale throughout Italy that are fully integrated with the digital ecosystem, Mooney plays an important social role in providing consumers with a simple, quick and easy access to a wide range of payment solutions, namely bills, prepaid cards, telephone recharge cards as well as facilities such as cash withdrawals, wire transfers and payment orders, formerly possible only through banks.
www.mooney.it

The VR46 Racing Team was born in 2014 with the aim of supporting young Italian talents of the two wheels from Moto3 up to MotoGP. The arrival in the premier class took place in 2021 with Luca Marini but it will be in the upcoming 2022 that the VR46 Racing Team will officially become part of the top class. Since 2014, 10 Italian young riders have taken their first steps in this Team. Among these, Francesco Bagnaia, the first rider to win the World title with the Moto2 Team in 2018.end bike test


2021 World Champion2021 has been a memorable campaign for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing across the disciplines. Spirited presence in at least six different spheres of motorcycle competition has delivered notable success as well as the full range of emotions. Among the elation and the adversity on track and off, KTM were able to embellish stories and welcome new silverware with a total of 327 FIM world titles now in their canon.

  • MXGP and AMA 450SX titles celebrated as Red Bull KTM run wild with the KTM 450 SX-F
  • Two more MotoGP™ Grand Prix wins & domination for the KTM GP Academy in Moto3™ & Moto2™
  • E2 Enduro & Cross-Country Rallies FIM championships sealed, ISDE victory & Dakar podium finish


Matthias Walkner 2021 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Champion2021 sprung back to speed after a logistically challenging 2020 with plenty of pace and prizes. The sand of Saudi Arabia hosted the 43rd Dakar Rally in January and Sam Sunderland was able to take his KTM 450 RALLY to the third step of the overall podium. Meanwhile the 2021AMA Supercross Championship had begun in the United States and Cooper Webb regained the championship he won in 2019 with a strong and consistent battle against tough opposition. Webb guided the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to the company’s fifth title in seven years. KTM North America’s impressive racing program also welcomed a high-profile return to the AMA American Flat Track series. 

Jeffrey Herlings 2021 FIM MXGP Motocross World Champion Back in Europe Red Bull KTM Factory Racing soon weaved their strong influence on the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship. Jeffrey Herlings won a stunning contest that traversed 18 rounds and 36 motos to go down to the very last laps of the season. The Dutchman’s second MXGP crown also represented KTM’s third in the last half a decade with the KTM 450 SX-F. Red Bull KTM were the only Grand Prix team to see all six of their riders – Herlings, Tony Cairoli and Jorge Prado in the MXGP class and Tom Vialle, Mattia Guadagnini and Rene Hofer with the KTM 250 SX-F in MX2 – stand on the top of a Grand Prix rostrum during the year. Prado and Vialle dominated the competition in terms of holeshots and KTM gave motocross icon Cairoli a deserving send-off as the nine-time world champion ended an 18-year career at Mantova, Italy in November. Cairoli, Guadagnini, Herlings and Hofer all excelled with podium presence at the 2021 Motocross of Nations in Italy as the home country triumphed and Hofer owned the MX2 category. Tom Vialle the 2021 FIM MX2 World Championship holeshot kingKTM were able to extend their presence through the EMX European Championship development period with their SX technology and laid a promising new base thanks to the European Junior e-Motocross series; an educational scheme for youngsters taking place on sections of Grand Prix circuits and at MXGP fixtures with KTM SX-E 5. The inaugural edition was extremely popular and whet the appetite of families across Europe. Josep Garcia 2021 FIM Enduro2 World ChampionKTM came back to force in the FIM Enduro World Championship in 2021, where Red Bull KTM’s Josep Garcia grasped his second E2 championship (and first title with the KTM 350 EXC-F) and was runner-up in EnduroGP, as well as the outright winner at the prestigious International Six Days Enduro. Teammate Manuel Lettenbichler claimed victory at the daunting Red Bull Romaniacs for the third year in a row aboard the KTM 300 EXC TPI and only narrowly lost out on the FIM Hard Enduro crown at the last round having finished on the podium at every race of the series. Also on the dirt, Matthias Walkner earned the distinction of FIM Cross-Country Ralllies World Champion and KTM continued to reign in the WORCS series in the U.S. 

KTM’s reach and influence offroad remains elite and 2021 was another illustration of the power of the organization, the equipment and the athletes but it was also a year in which the road racing arm of the department continued to blossom. Brad Binder MotoGP race victory at the Red Bull Ring Austria2021 was KTM’s fifth year on the MotoGP grid and the third with a full four-rider line-up thanks to both the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing teams. Two wins, five podiums and a joint top-speed record were bagged once the season began in Qatar and ended in Valencia. 

Brad Binder increased his tally of triumphs to two in two terms with his brave decision to remain on dry, slick tyres for the final laps of a wet Motorrad Grand prix von Österreich at the Red Bull Ring. The South African classified 6th in the final championship standings with the RC16 after being 11th during 2020 in his rookie outing. He also blasted to 362.4km/h at Mugello, Italy to equal the fastest speed recorded in the history of the sport. Miguel Oliveira now has three Grand Prix wins with KTM after running to the checkered flag in Catalunya during the summer. The thrilling feat came in a spell of three podium appearances for the talented Portuguese. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team were rampant in both Moto3 and Moto2 as the KTM GP Academy witnessed Grand Prix spoils for four different riders and the fifth Moto3 world championship since 2012 with star rookie Pedro Acosta blitzing the field. Remy Gardner became the first Australian Moto2 World Champion after a close duel with teammate Raul Fernandez as both Ajo racers finished 1st-2nd seven times from 18 rounds and set new milestones in the division through 13 wins. The Red Bull KTM Tech3 team also flourished in Moto3 with both Deniz Öncü and Ayumu Sasaki collecting trophies on the KTM RC4. Miguel Oliveira at Circuit de Barcelona CatalunyaThe KTM RC 250 R was the platform for the latest edition of the Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup, that won by Spaniard David Alonso. The Northern Talent Cup (ruled by Jakub Gurecky) and the Austrian Junior Cup (Leo Rammerstorfer was the #1) both used RC4R motorcycle and this meant at select rounds of 2021 MotoGP there were more than 70 KTM race bikes circulating Grand Prix tracks on a single weekend.Remy Gardner 2021 Moto2 World Champion While 2021 has been a resounding success on many levels, KTM have also had to endure some difficult and emotional moments and thoughts of the late Jason Dupasquier and Rene Hofer and their respective families will remain at the forefront long after another racing year begins. Cooper Webb celebrating his 2021 AMA 450SX Supercross title 1Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director: “To take this company to the track around the world means a big movement of so many pieces and the big key to the success comes from the people involved. From the brilliant riders - at the beginning, middle and end of their careers - to the guys at the factory, those in the pitlanes and the paddocks and the trucks, the whole operation needs a special focus to make it all work. When we can see the results of our job then this makes me very proud. We’ve celebrated this season but we’ve also had cause for tears and, at times, it has been very emotional. I just want to take this moment to thank everyone who has played their part and, as ever, we will look forward and give our best to be right at the front again when another racing year starts.

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2021 Yamaha YZF R1M TR54 Replica Autograph DSC 7608Yamaha Motor Europe and Crescent Yamaha, home of the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK team, are proud to announce the Limited Edition Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Yamaha R1 World Championship Replica, celebrating the Turkish star’s 2021 FIM Superbike World Championship title and his spectacular on-track exploits.

Unveiled online, this exclusive track-only machine is strictly limited to 21 pieces globally, reflecting the historic 2021 season - a celebration of the Turkish rider’s first World Title, along with Yamaha’s first WorldSBK Manufacturers’ Championship since 2009 and Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK’s Championship Teams’ victory, culminating in the ‘Triple Crown’.

2021 Yamaha YZF R1M TR54 Replica Bike 3 4 Left DSC 7226Each of these exclusive Yamaha R1 machines will be built in the Crescent Racing PRO SHOP, using the experience and skills amassed during the last six years running the Official Yamaha WorldSBK project.2021 Yamaha YZF R1M TR54 Replica Brake Caliper Front DSC 7174

This makes for the ultimate “track-ready” WorldSBK replica R1, producing 205 bhp at the rear wheel (an increase of 20 bhp over the standard R1) with linear torque delivery via the WorldSBK-spec Akrapovic exhaust and latest GYTR race ECU, weighing under 175kg (with all fluids – a huge 26kg reduction from the standard bike). The R1’s class-leading handling is taken to another level via this significant weight reduction and addition of the legendary Ohlins suspension components, factory-spec upper fork clamp and forged Marchesini wheels.

2021 Yamaha YZF R1M TR54 Replica Bike Cover DSC 7510And while nobody can out-brake Razgatlıoğlu, the Brembo Racing system on this exclusive R1 guarantees full power, fade-free retardation at any circuit. To fight for the WorldSBK Championship, it’s the details that matter – and the Toprak WorldSBK replica shines bright with the deepest quality paintwork, highest quality components throughout, titanium fasteners, and an attention to detail in the track-ready build which leaves no doubt that this R1 has be developed and delivered directly from the Crescent Yamaha squad.

All Toprak Replica Limited Edition R1s will also include the following significant assets:

- Unique limited edition badging and technician-signed build identification

- Framed limited edition certificate, signed personally by Razgatlıoğlu and Team Principal Paul Denning, certifying the edition number alongside VIN number and the purchaser’s details

- VIP hospitality passes for two people to a 2022 WorldSBK event of choice as a VIP guest of the team, with pit-box visit and the opportunity to spend time with Razgatlıoğlu

- Personalised machine set up and one-on-one rider coaching day with Crescent Yamaha’s James Hillier OR Niall Mackenzie (UK circuit only; overseas set up and training by arrangement)

- A personal signed piece of riding equipment, genuinely used by Razgatlıoğlu during the 2021 WorldSBK Championship campaign2021 Yamaha YZF R1M TR54 Replica Top Yolk DSC 7366end bike test


Team Presentation and MX Launch A solid four-rider Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team is set to enter the 2022 AMA Supercross Championship aboard the radically new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION models. With only a month to go before the start of the series, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team came together in Murrieta, California to celebrate the launch of the new generation machines that all riders will pilot throughout the season.

Cooper Webb, Marvin Musquin and Aaron Plessinger will officially debut the all-new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION at the Anaheim SX opener on January 8, 2022, while Max Vohland is set to race the KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in the 250SX class. KTM FACTORY EDITION models have been setting performance and technology benchmarks since 2012. Now, five AMA Supercross 450SX Championships later, two all-new FACTORY EDITION models are ready to hit dealer floors in the United States, in time for the first gate drop on January 8 in Anaheim, California. 

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 
Four riders – One mission 
Webb, the reigning 450SX Champion, will proudly display the #1 plate aboard his new bike as he sets out to defend his title for the second time. The 26-year-old had an exceptional supercross season in 2021, sweeping half of the Main Events for a total of eight victories. He followed this up with a consistent performance in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, finishing fourth overall, and now his focus is set on bringing home back-to-back titles in supercross.

Team Presentation and MX Launch 2Cooper Webb: “I’m really excited for the upcoming series. It’ll be great defending the number one plate again, we worked hard last year to get the championship. We have a brand new bike this year and that is great. We’ve also been having fun with the new team dynamic and having Aaron [Plessinger] on the team. I’ve been teammates with him before, so it’s been great to reunite and have a three-man team on the 450, with Max on the 250. I’m looking forward to it.”

Returning for his 12th season with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Musquin will be among Webb’s toughest competitors as the French rider looks to earn a title of his own with a supercross-only focus in 2022. Musquin had his fair share of battles coming back from injury last season, but he managed to finish strong with 1-2 results at the final two rounds. Following his dominating performance at the Paris Supercross in November, the Frenchman will look to build upon strong momentum when the gate drops in the U.S. in January. 

Team Presentation and MX Launch 4Marvin Musquin: “It’s always exciting to go for a new season, especially this year with a new bike. It is something that I was looking forward to – we have made progress and we’re still learning to be even better, so it’s super exciting. We are going into my 12th year with Red Bull KTM here in America. It’s very special and I’m always super honored to be a part of the Red Bull KTM family and to go for one more year and achieve great things. It’s going to be a very strong team for this new season!” 

Joining Webb and Musquin on-track for the first time is Red Bull KTM newcomer, Aaron Plessinger, aboard the #7 machine. Like his teammates, Plessinger has been hard at work in his pre-season training in high anticipation for his debut with the team at Anaheim. Claiming his first 450 podium at the 2021 Daytona SX, Plessinger delivered consistent results all season to lock in a top-five in the championship standings and the 25-year-old now has his sights set on podium contention in 2022. 

Team Presentation and MX Launch 1Aaron Plessinger: “It’s an amazing accomplishment for me to have joined the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team. My dad used to race for KTM in GNCC, and won a couple championships, so it’s pretty special for me to get to be a part of this team. My goal is to get as many race-wins as I can and try to win these guys some more championships. My time is due and I feel like this year is going to be a really good year with two great teammates – Cooper and Marvin – I think we can really do some damage out there. The new bike is awesome. I love this thing. It’s so nimble and light, I can put it where I want it and the suspension works great on it. I think it’s going to be a really good year and I’m looking forward to it.” 

Maximus Vohland continues with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for his second season in the 250SX division. The 18-year-old missed the majority of his rookie Supercross season due to an injury sustained early on, but he came back strong for the AMA Pro Motocross Championship with a top-10 result in the 250 category. With more experience and a new KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in his armory Vohland will aim for the podium in his first full season of supercross. 

Team Presentation and MX Launch 5Max Vohland: “It’s been a really great off-season and I’m looking forward to 2022 with the new teammates and the new bike. It feels fresh and I’m looking forward to it. The new FACTORY EDITION has been awesome , the whole package has been great from suspension to chassis and motor-wise – we’re making steps forward every day. I only have three SX races under my belt, so I have a little bit of experience, but I think this extra time I’ve had on the bike during the off-season has really helped and I feel like a completely different rider than last year, I feel way ahead of where I was last year for this new season coming up.” 

Ian Harrison, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager:The team has expanded this year with three 450 guys and Max on for his second year as a 250 rider, plus we have new bikes across the board. We’re excited about that. There’s been a lot of work and testing hours being put into the bikes here and in Austria, and we’ve made good progress with it on both sides. We’re looking forward to going racing in early January. We’ve got a good platform and the guys are happy to start the season.” 

In regards to the team lineup, Harrison added, “The team dynamic is great right now. I think Aaron brings that real ‘loving-life’ style to the team, which is good. Cooper is looking happy with his new bike, he’s making good progress and I’m excited to see what he can do. I think Marvin is going to surprise us all. He’s had a good off-season and he did really well when he went to Europe to race the SX, so I think he’s going to be really good. With Max, we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do on the new bike with a clean bill of health this season. We’re excited to get things rolling here in a month.”

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2022 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION & KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION 
An all-new platform 
The all-new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION has never more-accurately defined READY TO RACE. It will form the base of the machines piloted by Cooper Webb, Marvin Musquin and Aaron Plessinger. With its development centered on the feedback and success of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing racers, and 400-units-only exclusivity, this new machine is the perfect mount for budding Supercross champions looking to harness the same competitive advantage enjoyed by their KTM Factory Racing heroes. 

Equally exclusive with only 400 units available, the 2022 KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION is an elite racer built to the highest specifications as the machine of choice for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rising star Max Vohland in the 250SX division. It is the ultimate mid-class machine for anyone looking to dominate local or international racing. Featuring top-shelf componentry across the board, this is the undisputed new class leader. 

Radical technical advancements 
While both 2022 FACTORY EDITION machines benefit from a list of specific 250 cc and 450 cc engine updates, they share in the same competitive advantage delivered by the all-new chassis, including a new swingarm, subframe and frame. With mass centralization and flex optimization as key goals, KTM engineers reimagined these crucial components to produce a new one-piece swingarm with optimized topology and flex, a new aluminum-polyamide hybrid subframe offering advanced durability and rigidity, and an inspired frame design with new shock mount that greatly improves feeling and comfort. True to the FACTORY EDITION aesthetic, the frame comes powder coated in glossy orange and is affixed with frame guards and a skid plate as standard. 

Taking the electronics to the next level, and joining traction control, two selectable maps, and launch control, is the latest technological marvel devised by KTM engineers; the Quickshifter function which allows clutch-less up shifting from second through fifth gear. This is activated or deactivated using the QS button on the all-new switch that cleverly combines functions for easy use on the fly. 

Catching the eye is the new bodywork with an improved rider triangle for better knee contact, especially when standing, to inspire confidence for any rider level. Added contact surfaces on the bodywork make moving the bike around on track much easier and improve overall handling and agility. The flat seat profile, combined with the Selle Dalla Valle high grip seat cover, perfectly fit KTM’s READY TO RACE approach and give exceptional control in any condition. The graphics of the all-new KTM SX-F FACTORY EDITION models are closely based on the Red Bull KTM Factory race bikes that will be used throughout the 2022 season. Sponsor logos and graphic design elements are implemented using in-mold technology, guaranteeing a high-quality factory race look, even after intense riding. Team Presentation and MX Launch 8

Premium componentry all-over 
As always on a KTM FACTORY EDITION, top-shelf racing-derived components come standard to ensure you’re ready for competition right out of the crate. Made from high-grade aluminum, the CNC-machined Factory Racing triple clamps feature optimally tuned steering stem stiffness; perfect alignment of the fork tubes and precise geometry of the fork clamps to ensure a highly responsive and smooth fork action. Maximum gains in handling are provided by simple offset adjustment of 20 mm or 22 mm. Black high-strength alloy rims by DID Dirt Star with laser engraved logos are coupled to orange CNC-machined hubs, using lightweight black spokes and orange anodized aluminum nipples. Factory wheels are paired with Dunlop GEOMAX MX33 Motocross tires, for enhanced handling, cornering and traction. 

MODEL HIGHLIGHTS 
// New bodywork with specifically tailored ergonomics for easier rider movement 
// New hydro-formed Cr-Mo frame significantly improving anti-squat behavior 
// New topology optimized die-cast aluminum swingarm for optimal rigidity & low weight 
// New 450cc SOHC engine offering class-leading performance & low weight 
// New 250cc DOHC engine providing class-leading torque and peak power 
// New Quickshift feature providing seamless up-shifting without the clutch 
// New aluminum-polyamide hybrid subframe construction providing specifically calculated rigidity & advanced durability 
// New WP XACT 48 mm forks with AER technology offer more progressive end-of-stroke damping 
// New WP XACT rear shock design with CFD optimized main piston and tool free adjusters 
// New multifunctional map switch, which also activates the Quickshifter, Traction & Launch Control 
// New topology optimized, die-cast footrests with reduced weight & less chance of dirt build up 
// Factory Racing CNC-machined triple clamps with adjustable offset [20 – 22 mm] 
// Factory wheel set with D.I.D DirtStar rims and orange anodized CNC-machined hubs 
// New polyamide composite skid plate for advanced protection and durability 
// New polyamide composite front brake disc guard for added protection 
// Mechanical Factory holeshot device as standard 
// Soft, gray ODI lock-on grips 
// Factory Selle Dalla Valle high grip seat cover 
// New Red Bull KTM Factory Racing graphics 

The two new models will only be available at authorized KTM dealers across the United States.
For more information, visit ktm.com.
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2021 YAM VR46R1 EU GYTR DET 001To celebrate the legendary MotoGP career of the biggest star to grace the sport, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Motor Europe has produced a special R1 GYTR VR46 Tribute, designed with unique specs, to give to the nine-time world champion for the many successful years spent at the pinnacle of motorcycle road racing with Yamaha.

Having made his debut 26 years ago, Rossi rose to become the most prominent figure in MotoGP history, producing some of the most mesmerising and memorable performances that influenced and inspired an entirely new generation of motorcycle racing stars.

To commemorate his illustrious achievements, which included nine world championship titles across the MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc classes, 115 wins, and 235 podiums over 425 race starts, Yamaha have built this unique R1, donning a special livery produced by Aldo Drudi, Rossi’s long-time helmet designer and friend.2021 YAM VR46R1 EU GYTR STA 004The R1 GYTR VR46 sports upcoming 2022 GYTR spec parts and unique features that are all a direct result of Yamaha’s WorldSBK development, which helped Yamaha achieve the 2021 WorldSBK Triple Crown, culminating in the highest spec R1 GYTR ever produced for track day usage. A special gift that the Tavullia legend will have the opportunity to enjoy at the Misano circuit soon.

A new carbon fibre fairing kit and full carbon rear subframe have been produced, with the tank capacity increased to 22 L, all designed with weight saving in mind. The Brembo brakes have been developed for incredible stopping power, while the high performance ECU REX 140 Marelli produces world class power delivery.

The full list of the special parts coming from WorldSBK Championship winning experience is listed below, and are additional to the GYTR parts such as the Ohlins suspension and GYTR front and rear sprockets.2021 YAM VR46R1 EU GYTR DET 004The R1 GYTR VR46 Tribute was given to Valentino Rossi for the One More Lap event at the EICMA 2021, which the Italian star attended for the first time, as Yamaha pay tribute to VR46 and his historic legacy.

The R1 GYTR VR46 Tribute was built with carefully selected parts which, among others, include the following:

From the 2022 GYTR catalogue:

  • • GYTR Electronic throttle
  • • GYTR Slipper Clutch
  • • GYTR Head Gasket
  • • GYTR Radiator Kit
  • • GYTR Air Funnel Set
  • • GYTR Handlebar Set
  • • GYTR Handlebar Switches
  • • GYTR Front Brake Protector
  • • GYTR Adjustable Rear Set
  • • GYTR Akrapovic Factory Line System
  • • GYTR Marchesini Wheel Set

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