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2023: Ab. Stage 13 (one stage win)
2022: 9th (1st rookie)

2023: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (Ab.), Sonora Rally (13th), Rally dos Sertoes (1st)
2022: World Rally-Raid Championship (1st Rally 2): Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (11th, 1st Rally 2), Rallye du Maroc (11th, 1st Rally 2), Andalucia Rally (11th, 1st Rally 2).
2021: Sonora Rally (5th), Rallye du Maroc (1st, Rally 2)
2020: Sonora Rally (26th)
2019-20: Best In The Desert champion (300 Pro class)


"I'll need to learn to be more patient"

Since bursting onto the rally-raid scene a couple of years ago, Mason Klein has proven himself to be one of the most talented young bikers out there. The 22-year-old from California has followed in the footsteps of his father Larry, who rode dirtbikes for many years and was drawn to offroad racing because there were opportunities to get his kids involved. Mason and his younger brother Carter have therefore been competing for over a decade in events like AMA Hare & Hound and Best in the Desert, which Mason has won twice in the 300 Pro class. In 2018, he got his first look at a KTM rally bike and couldn't resist the siren song of rally raid, entering his first Sonora Rally in 2020. It has been a steep learning curve for the young American, who improved from 26th at Sonora in 2020 to fifth in 2021, before embarking on his first Dakar in 2022. Plenty of observers began to sit up and pay attention when he finished his debut in ninth overall as the top rookie, aged just 20, and he just kept going from strength to strength. In 2022 he dominated the Rally 2 class in the World Rally-Raid Championship (W2RC), moving up to the elite RallyGP class for Dakar 2023. He was right up at the business end of the standings in the first week, winning Stage 2 and reaching the rest day just 13 seconds off the overall lead. However, he crashed heavily on Stage 9 after a collision with Adrien Van Beveren, sustaining head and neck injuries. Despite soldiering on for a few days, he eventually withdrew before Stage 13 and was no doubt left wondering what might have been. Mason says he has learned from those experiences and is hoping to enjoy a successful Dakar 2024 with his family team, KORR Off-road Racing, after leaving BAS World KTM midway through 2023. For his third outing in Saudi Arabia, he'll be sporting number #98 in a nod to his mother's great uncle J. C. Agajanian (1913-1984), a pioneering motorsport promoter and Motorcycle Hall of Famer who would no doubt have followed Mason's exploits with the keenest interest. Mason didn't have the best of luck in the W2RC this season, but secured a confidence-boosting overall victory -his first in rally-raid- at the Rally dos Sertoes in Brazil. He certainly has the speed to fight with the big boys.

M.K.: "I'm pretty happy with the results I had at Dakar 2023, besides not seeing the finish line. I have much more knowledge about the racing, and I think I have an even better strategy. I have good odds of riding safer and faster, and hopefully getting a really good result. The secrets I learned I would rather not say, to keep that competitive advantage! But I will say I confirmed that prologue position means nothing, and if I want to win, I'll need to learn to be more patient. Last year I crashed because I was navigating and racing at the same time. I have to remember to keep those two things separate. I've decided to race with my own team for Dakar 2024 because I needed a change of environment in order to improve my results. The hardest part of Dakar is making the start, so success for me is starting the rally; everything else after that is a win."




  • KOVE
  • 450 RALLY
  • KORR Off-road Racing
  • KORR Off-road Racing
  • Rally GP

Ranking 2024

All news of M. Klein

Newsflashes - 10/01 14:29 [GMT +3] - Bike


Mason Klein started the special in 56th place following his mechanical troubles in the previous stage (the second such setback in this edition). He clocked the fifth-fastest time, 3′01″ behind Quintanilla. At eleven hours from the leader, the American is no longer in contention for the overall, but he and his green Kove motorbike are still hungry for success.


Dakar Mag - 10/01 11:42 [GMT +3] - Bike

Klein never says die

Others might have thrown in the towel a long time ago, but Mason Klein is hanging on behind the handlebar of an unreliable Kove. The American is determined to keep going, come hell or high water, fuelled by the sheer joy of riding in the wild.

At just 22, Mason Klein is already a Dakar standout. He is a one-of-a-kind rider who never says die. Some...

Newsflashes - 09/01 09:22 [GMT +3] - Bike

Klein is not giving up

Although hindered by major technical problems yesterday, Mason Klein has not thrown in the towel and managed to reach the finishing line. The American now trails leader Ross Branch by 9 hours and is the last rider to start the day’s special.

Newsflashes - 08/01 12:46 [GMT +3] - Bike

Klein is busy with repairs

Mason Klein, who was crawling along after 270 kilometres, has been at a standstill for more than half an hour at the 303-km mark. The American is currently carrying out repairs on his Kove bike.

Newsflashes - 08/01 11:50 [GMT +3] - Bike

Klein slows after 270 kilometres

Following a halt after 45 kilometres, Mason Klein, who changed his engine yesterday after breaking the previous one on the link route, seems to be suffering technical problems once again. The KORR rider on his new Kove bike, whose wheels hadn’t touched the ground before the race, has been tracked at slow speed after 270 kilometres. It would seem that the American is attempting...

Newsflashes - 08/01 09:06 [GMT +3] - Bike

Klein still leads

After 38 km, Mason Klein has again achieved the best time, pushing his lead over Ross Branch, who is second, to more than 1 minute. Kevin Benavides occupies third, 1’16’’ behind the American. The first rider to start, Nacho Cornejo, has already lost 3’57’’ but has picked up 37’’ bonus seconds for opening the way.

Newsflashes - 08/01 08:38 [GMT +3] - Bike

Klein is looking for revenge

After a more than 2-hour halt to repair his Kove yesterday, Mason Klein is the last of the Rally GP to start today. Equipped with a new engine, the North American has posted the best time so far at the first intermediate point and leads title holder Kevin Benavides by 41’’.

Newsflashes - 08/01 07:00 [GMT +3] - Bike

Oil hose problem for Klein

Mason Klein broke an oil hose after 46 km of yesterday’s special. Sunier Sunier, also behind the handlebars of a Kove, stopped to help him and gave him some oil. Klein was able to resume the stage, unlike Sunier, but his engine broke on the link rout the bivouac. The North American decided to resume the race with a new engine and the resulting 15’ penalty,...

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