KTM Sport -
KTM is pushing for all three Motocross World
Titles in 2003. Steve Ramon leading the 125.
Iron Man Joel Smets is already World Champion
in the 650 class and only a few points off the
lead in the MXGP (250cc) class.
After a difficult Indoor season where injuries
ruined many of our rider's hopes, the US National
outdoor title chase has been a great success.
Grant Langston won the US Motocross Championship,
Ryan Hughes finished on the 2nd place. Many
races have been KTM benefits with up to half
of the top 10 on the orange SX125 bikes. Mike
Lafferty won the US national Enduro Championship
- his 6th title with KTM.
Juha Salminen rode again a fantastic season
claiming the Open title on his 525EXC and winning
yet another overall title in a breathtaking
final special stage by less than 2 seconds!
New boys to the KTM team Samuli Aro, Ivan Cervantes
and Peteri Silvan joined veteran star Giovanni
Sala in finishing as vice World Champions in
Dakar 2003 was another huge success for KTM
with Richard Sainct taking the LC4 Rally Bike
to victory over Cyril Despres (LC4 Rally) and
last year's winner Fabrizio Meoni, again mounted
on the new LC8 V twin Rally bike.
KTM Supermoto team is dominating the 2003 season
even with the retirement at the end of 2002
of the KTM World Champion Thierry Van Den Bosch.
Boris Chambon and Jürgen Künzel have taken over
the mantel as KTM team leaders and are currently
1st and 2nd in the World Championship points!
Boris will also join the KTM USA team to race
the Red Bull US National Supermoto finals in
Las Vegas in November.
KTM's first adventure into Road Racing has
seen a steady rise in performance of the 125cc
machines. A late start to development has left
the team playing catch up but already both riders
have placed in the top 10 of World Championship
races! Expect to see further moves up the rankings!
More changes to the MX World Championship will
see a new promoter in 2004. The capacities however
remain stable and KTM will be presenting full
factory teams in all three classes again. Steve
Ramon will move up from the 125cc class to join
the big guns in the MX GP class but in the 125cc
class KTM will continue it is policy of having
the best young talent with Mark de Reuver, Ben
Townley and Tyla Rattray all ready to take up
the challenge laid down by Steve.
Many of KTM's young guns were in their first
season during 2003. For 2004 riders such as
Brett Metcalfe, Joaquim Rodrigues and Josh Woods
will join the more experienced (but still young!)
Grant Langston in attacking the Supercross season.
Outdoors in the Nationals they will again be
joined by evergreen veteran Ryno Hughes in the
Red Bull/ KTM Team.
KTM's two team approach in 2003 was a tremendous
success, so will continue in 2004. With only
three classes (like Motocross) for 2004 KTM
will take the cream of World Enduro and try
to capture the new titles. KTM stays confident
with our most successful riders of this year
for success in 2004.
The Dakar preparations are well under way 2004
sees the additional National team competition.
This paves the way for KTM to support teams
from France, Italy, Spain, South America and
especially exciting the LC8 mounted Team Red
Bull/ KTM USA including Enduro legend Larry
Boris Chambon and Jürgen Künzel will be joined
by Ivan Lazzerini in the most prestigious S1
class of the World Championship, while KTM also
aims to present Fabrice Lecoanet in the 450cc
S2 class. The Red Bull US National Supermoto
title is also gaining importance and KTM will
field a team of US riders backed by occasional
visits by the World Championship team.
2003 was KTM's first venture onto the street
scene and 2004 will consolidate our position.
The existing team, headed by Harald Bartol,
will build on the success of this year and hope
to see the podium in 2004.
- MX2 (125cc): Ben Townley, Marc de Reuver,
Erik Eggens, Tyla Rattray
- MX1 (250cc): Steve Ramon, Kenneth Gundersen
- MX3 (650cc): Yves Demaria
- 125cc: Brett Metcalfe, Joaquim Rodrigues,
Josh Woods, Ryan Hughes
- 250cc: Grant Langston
- 125cc: Giovanni Sala, Petteri Silvan, Helder
- 250cc: Juha Salminen, Alessandro Botturi
- 500cc: Ivan Cervantes, Samuli Aro
- Team Italy: Fabrizio Meoni, Giovanni Sala,
- Team France: Jean Brucy, Richard Sainct,
- Team USA: Paul Krause, Larry Roesellar
- Team Spain: Juan Roma, Marc Coma, Isidre
- S1: Jürgen Künzel, Boris Chambon, Ivan Lazzerini
- S2: Fabrice Lecoanet
- Roberto Locatelli , Mika Kallio
- Kenny Bartram, Richard Sainct, Ryan Huges,
- 125cc: 1. Steve Ramon (BEL); 5. Erik Eggens
(NEL) ; 6. Marc de Reuver (NEL); 8. Tyla Rattray
- MX GP: 2. Joël Smets (BEL)
- 650cc: 1. Joël Smets (BEL); 2. Javier Garcia
- 125cc: 1. Grant Langston (RSA); 2. Ryan
- 125cc West: 4. Billy Laninovich (USA)
- 125cc East: 5. Brett Metcalfe (AUS); 6.
Steve Boniface (FRA)
- 125cc: 2. Petteri Silvan (FIN); 7. Herve
Versage; 9. Valtteri Salonen; 10. Homero Díaz
- 250cc 2-Stroke: 2. Samuli Aro (FIN); 4.
Helder Rodrigues (POR); 5. Freddy Blanc
- 250cc 4-Stroke: 2. Giovanni Sala (ITA);
5. Gerard Farres; 8. Vita Kuklík; 9. Oriol
- 450cc: 3. Alessandro Botturi; 4. Xavier
Puigdemont; 5. Jordi Duran; 6. Niklas Gustafsson
- 500cc: 1. Juha Salminen (FIN); 2. Iván Cervantes
(SPA); 7. Werner Müller (AUT); 8. Joan Jou
; 9. Carl Bjerkert
- Overall: 1. Juha Salminen (FIN); 3. Samuli
Aro (FIN); 4. Iván Cervantes (ESP)
- 1. Mike Lafferty (USA)
- 1. Richard Sainct (FRA); 2. Cyril Despres
(FRA); 3. Fabrizio Meoni (ITA); 4. Jean Brucy
(FRA); 5. Jean De Azevedo (BRA)
- 1. Fabrizio Meoni (ITA); 2. Cyril Despres
(FRA); 3. Nani Roma (ESP) 4. Andy Caldecott
(AUS); 5. Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR)
- 1. Cyril Despres (FRA); 2. Richard Sainct
(FRA) ; 3. Nani Roma (ESP); 4. Fabrizio Meoni
(ITA) ; 5. Matteo Graziani (ITA)
- 1. Joan Roma (ESP); 2. Matteo Graziani (ITA);
3. Paolo Ceci (ITA) Rally d'Orient 1. Marek
Dabrowski (POL); 2. Francois Flick (FRA);
3. Jazek Czachor (POL)
- 1. Andy Caldecott (AUS)
- WCS (Status: 5 of 14 rounds): 1. Boris Chambon
(FRA); 2. Jürgen Künzel (GER); 4. Frederic
- European Champ. (6 of 10 rounds): 2. Marcel
- French. Champ. Prestige (10 of 14 rounds):
1. Boris Chambon (FRA); 3. David Baffeleuf
(FRA); 6. Frederic Fiorentino (BEL)
- French. Champ. 450 class (10 of 14 rounds):
3. Boris Chambon (FRA); 4. David Baffeleuf
(FRA) German Champ Prestige (10 of 14 rounds):
1. Jürgen Künzel (GER); 3. Klaus Kinigadner
- Road Racing 125 cc (Status: 10 of 16 rounds)
- 125cc: 12. Mika Kallio (FIN); 22. Roberto