“The team spirit makes KTM so strong”
January 17 th 2019 - 19:17 [GMT -5]
Matthias Walkner, the winner of the last edition, finished this year behind his Australian team-mate. The Austrian climbs onto the second step of the podium, a place he already occupied in 2017.
“I feel really sorry for Pablo, because normally he should have stayed on the podium and done an amazing job. I was honestly a little bit lucky with myself and not making mistakes on the last day of the race. I had a good course from the back and just rode a normal stage, because I know that if you have to push in this desert with the strange light, everything is less visible and it can be really dangerous. The same dune on which Pablo crashed, I messed it up as well. I almost went down. It's been a really tough Dakar and I'm happy it's over and that I finished second. It’s crazy, but I said before the Dakar that normally the day will have to come when another team wins. But in the end it looks like the team did a really good job. The bike works pretty well and I’m happy to finish the Dakar again. The team spirit makes KTM so strong. Everybody knows what there is to do, it works perfectly together and it’s an amazing group”.