The Dakar Rally, universally recognized as the toughest offroad event on the annual motorsports calendar has been safe in the hands of KTM For thirteen editions. It all began in 2001 when Italian Fabrizio Meoni rode a KTM LC4 660R to victory. On January 4, 2015, KTM goes for a potential fourteenth title with a strong Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team led by defending champion Marc Coma of Spain.
Between Meoni in 2001 and Coma in 2014 there has been a remarkable story of excellence, bravery and adventure including, among others, two wins from Meoni, five by Frenchman Cyril Despres and four by Coma to give KTM a dominant 13 consecutive victories in the motorcycle class. There was no rally in 2008.
Coma is again the man to beat in 2015 and has come off a successful racing season. He won the 2014 Dakar by almost two hours and went on to take his sixth FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship. Coma is satisfied with his season and his Dakar preparation. He has accumulated many miles in competition during 2014 and reports that he is in good physical shape.
Husqvarna Motorcycles celebrated an amazing season in the Enduro World Championships in 2014 thanks to Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pierre-Alexandre ‘Pela’ Renet of France.
Pela, riding the Husqvarna FE 450 was unstoppable in the highly competitive E2 class, claiming 8 race wins, 4 second places and three podium thirds to take the title with an impressive winning margin of 56-points.