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MATTHIAS WALKNER

(aut) Born on 01/09/1986 at KUCHL 1.75m / 85kg

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KTM, Red bull, Dimoco, Cyra Imobilien, Quabus, Ebner Event Logistics, IDH, Shoei, Leatt, Kini, 100%

http://www.matthiaswalkner.com/

2017: 2nd
2016: Ab. Stage 7
2015: Ab. Stage 10 (1 stage win)

2016: Atacama Rally (6th), Morocco Rally (7th, 1 stage win)
2015: Abu Dhabi (31st), Qatar (7th), Sardegna (1st), Chile (2nd), Morocco (2nd); FIM World Champion,
2014: Hellas Rally (1st), Morocco Rally
2012: MX3 WORLD CHAMPION
2012: Morocco Rally
2010 and 2011: MX1 WORLD CHAMPION

Interview

“We can aim at a podium finish”

What starts well, ends well and it couldn’t me more true for Matthias Walkner for the 2017 season. The new year started with a superb second place on the Dakar podium in Buenos Aires and the preparation of Dakar 2018 was crowned by the victory of the last round of the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. Collecting valuable points, the Austrian rider moved also up to third in the series’ final standings. And it is not finished. Last April he signed with Red Bull KTM factory Team until 2020, as a confirmation of the value of the rider and the strong relation of the 2012 MX3 world moto-x champion with the Austrian brand. Matthias started in fact as a test rider for KTM in 2004 and went on to be the MX3 World Champion in 2012. The following year, KTM Motorsports Manager Heinz Kinigadner, himself twice 250cc Motocross World Champion (1984 and 1985), and former Dakar Rally competitor, asked Walkner to consider rally raid. He contested and won his first rally in Greece in 2014 and had his first Dakar Rally start in 2015. Matthias made his debut on the 2015 Dakar but the first two participations didn’t go as expected. The finish line seemed bewitched for the talented Austrian rider, but finally on Dakar 2017 all the hard work paid off. He finished the rally with a superb second place, sharing the podium with his team mate Sam Sunderland.

“After the first two attempts and the long recovery of the femur injury following the crash in the 2016 Dakar, my target was to finish the rally. I did even better. Being on the podium in second position was a great satisfaction. The goal this year remains the same: finishing the rally. If we do well, we can also aim at a podium finish. This year we can count on a brand new bike, which is improved in all its aspects: the bike is faster and lighter at the same time. The engine is more powerful and safety has improved a lot too. Safety is an important issue in rally raid and I would like that riders and teams would be more in contact with the organization in this respect. Regarding the route of the 2018 Dakar looks tough: lost of sand and dunes in Peru, dunes in altitude in Bolivia, but also rocky paths, cold and wet conditions, and then torrid temperatures, river crossings, mountain roads and varied terrains in Argentina”.

Vehicle

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM

  • Mark : KTM
  • Model : 450 RALLY REPLICA
  • Performance tuner : KTM Austria
  • Assistance : RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM
  • Class : M_G1.1 : ELITE

Ranking 2018

Scratch Stage General
1 6 6 6
2 3 3 3
3 12 12 6
4 3 3 4
5 2 2 3
6 11 11 3
7 6 6 4
8 6 6 3
9 - - -
10 1 1 1
11 5 5 1
12 - - 1
13 4 4 1
14 8 8 1

All news of M. Walkner

Reactions - 20/01 13:42 [GMT -3] - Moto

Matthias Walkner: "Maybe luck was on my side this time"

On his fourth participation in the Dakar, the Austrian rider has won… riding an Austrian bike!

“It’s really, really amazing. I was never thinking that I really could win. The goal was to stay on the podium, but it was so close this year and day ten was a key day. Maybe luck was on my side this time, but it's really a dream come true. It was a really...

Newsflashes - 20/01 12:17 [GMT -3] - Moto

Matthias Walkner wins the Dakar!

Finishing with the eighth best time on the last stage 5’38’’ behind Kevin Benavides, Matthias Walkner has played it safe in Córdoba. The official KTM rider has won his first Dakar at the age of 31 years and enables KTM to remain unbeaten since 2001!

Reactions - 19/01 18:07 [GMT -3] - Moto

Matthias Walkner: "I just tried to do nothing crazy"

There is one day and 120 kilometres of racing separating Matthias Walkner from becoming the first Austrian winner of the Dakar in the bike category.

“No, there was nothing special, I just tried to do nothing crazy. I know it was a really, really long day and the guys in the back were pushing like hell. I had a good heading and I didn’t want to be too nervous....

Newsflashes - 19/01 17:16 [GMT -3] - Moto

Walkner in control

Matthias Walkner has finished the penultimate stage of the Dakar. With caution as the watchword, the official KTM rider has not tempted fate and has made sure he finished, 11’32’’ behind the winner. Tomorrow, he will have a lead of more than 20 minutes which should enable him to obtain his first overall triumph on the Dakar…

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Reactions - 17/01 13:27 [GMT -3] - Moto

Matthias Walkner: "Every day can change everything"

The Austrian leader of the motorcycle category is not counting chickens before they hatch.

"I spent most of the time with Stéphane Peterhansel today. I passed him on the dunes, but on the fast bits he passed me. Every day can change everything. I have to stay focused day after day. I don't think so much about victory. Of course, I'm a little bit nervous. Just...

Newsflashes - 17/01 12:16 [GMT -3] - Moto

Walkner done for today

Matthias Walkner was the first biker across the line. He has still got some waiting to do before Toby Price, Kevin Benavides and Antoine Meo arrive and he finds out exactly how well he did today. However, one thing is almost certain: the Austrian will neither win the stage nor be toppled from the overall lead this evening.

Reactions - 16/01 17:53 [GMT -3] - Moto

Matthias Walkner: "We've seen how quick it can change"

Concentrated and inspired, the KTM rider has taken the lead in the general standings thanks to his navigational skills.

“It was a really tough and long stage. After the first part, when I saw Kevin was six minutes in front, I said ok, we can’t go as fast all stage with this tricky navigation. So I stayed at my pace and it did not work so bad. It was really...

Newsflashes - 16/01 17:43 [GMT -3] - Moto

Walkner wins the stage and leads the general standings

Matthias Walkner has won the stage 10 on the Dakar 2018. The Austrian has taken advantage of the navigation error made my most of his rivals on the second part of the special as well as Adrien Van Beveren’s severe fall 3 kilometres from the finish to win with a lead of 11 minutes over Pablo Quintanilla. The Austrian is also the new rally...

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