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ATTENTION - IMPORTANT INFORMATION: DUE TO THE STRIKE MOVEMENT EXPECTED ON DECEMBER 5th IN FRANCE, THE SCRUTINEERING AND THE BOARDING WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 3rd AND 4th.
N°2 Bike RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM
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MATTHIAS WALKNER

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

Sponsors

KTM, Red bull, Motorex, Skoda, Shoei, 100%, AE, Akrapovic, Kini, WingsForLife, Quabus, IDH, Spiluttini, AlpineStars

https://matthiaswalkner.com/

2019: 2nd (2 stage wins)
2018: 1st (1 stage win)
2017: 2nd
2016: Ab. Stage 7
2015: Ab. Stage 10 (1 stage win)

2019: Atacama Rally (7th), Morocco Rally (7th); 14th FIM World Championship
2018: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (4th), Atacama Rally (4th), Desafio Ruta 40, Morocco Rally (2nd); 3rd FIM World Championship
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

“There is a real team spirit at KTM”

The last edition of the Dakar was anything but a stroll in the desert for the KTM team. While Toby Price won the event despite a broken wrist, Mathias Walkner’s rally was just as painful. The Austrian rider fractured his ankle on stage four…but didn’t realize it until he returned to Austria. Despite the handicap he finished second in the general classification. The rider from Kuchl has been staggeringly consistent for the past three years, including his win in 2018. The worthy heritor of his mentor Heinz Kinigadner, who himself never won the world’s toughest motor race, steered the young Mathias, who like him had won the World Moto-cross Championship, towards rally-raid. After a promising debut with a stage victory, he struggled with retirements in 2015 and 2016. But Walkner is a fast learner and bounced back with a finish runner-up in 2017, victory the following year and another second place in 2019. His start to the season was hampered by first an ankle operation then another for a ruptured knee ligament. He competed in just two rounds of the World Championship (7th place in Chile and 7th in Morocco). With his new-found star status in his home country, he made the most of his chance to test ride a Moto GP bike at the Salzbourgring and took part in the Porsche Sprint Challenge. But now comes the Dakar in Saudi Arabia where Matthias, like his team mates, Toby Price and Sam Sunderland will aim for another triumph.

“The last Dakar was hard from start to finish. I was really happy when the battle was over…In the end, I was elated to finish in second place. Before the start, I thought that another constructor was going to win. But it wasn’t to be and KTM won again. There is a real team spirit and a tremendous amount of professionalism in the team.”

Vehicle

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM

  • Mark : KTM
  • Model : 450
  • Performance tuner : KTM Austria
  • Assistance : Red Bull KTM Factory Team
  • Class : M_G1.1 : ELITE

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