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KTM Ultimate Race 12 finalists announced

March 18, 2019
Riding in the 2019 KTM Adventure Rally
KTM has announced the twelve riders who will be competing in a unique event within the 2019 Merzouga Rally – The KTM Ultimate Race. 

Following special qualification events held within the six KTM ADVENTURE RALLIES across the world in 2018 and 2019, participants had to prove excellent machine control, navigational skill and competent mechanical ability across multiple days. Each rider gets to compete in an exclusive class at the Dakar series race in Morocco with a fully supported ride that includes flights, accommodation, meals, entry fees, as well as a full race service. 

KTM is now proud to announce the hardest and most fearless 12 riders of the KTM ADVENTURE community from around the world who have qualified for this epic final battle, which takes place from March 31 to April 5. 

  • EUROPE: 
    Sebastian Blum (Germany) & Stefano Sassaro (Italy)
  • USA: 
    Jordan Huibregtse & Scott Myers
  • CANADA: 
    Radek Burkat & Vasile Scurtu
  • AUSTRALIA: 
    Robert Nowak & Steve Robertson
  • NEW ZEALAND 
    Elliot Kent & Kevin Archer
  • SOUTH AFRICA 
    Christiaan Odendaal & Greg Hodgskin

The Ultimate Race is a special class at the Merzouga Rally, very similar to the main event and partly ridden on the same routes. Like the pros, the participants will face a marathon stage where no outside assistance is allowed. 

Each competitor will have access to a specially prepared KTM 790 ADVENTURE R which will be equipped with a host of KTM PowerParts, such as the Akrapovič Slip-on Line silencer, the Ergo seat and protection parts, along with a roadbook to help navigate through the desert. The Ultimate Race participants will be treated like KTM Factory riders, supported on site with a truck and a team of mechanics to help out with parts and tools or with fixing the bike after a tough race day. 

The winner of the Ultimate Race can keep their KTM 790 ADVENTURE R race bike along with receiving an all-expenses paid package for two people to see the 2020 Dakar Rally. 

Wondering how hard to is to qualify for the Ultimate Race? Check out our article on the most recent rally and how our Canadian Qualifiers won, click here for more. 

 

 

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