Austrian company KTM was founded back in 1934, but was reborn in 1992, and has become well-known as a manufacturer of innovative and high-quality off-road bikes (although in recent years it has also launched a number of well-received street models). In 1995, KTM acquired Swedish motorcycle maker Husaberg.
KTM offers an extensive range of MX bikes, beginning with the 1-stroke 2-cylinder 50 SX, described as the ‘perfect launchpad into the MX world’, and going all the way up to the 450 SX-F, the choice for the official KTM factory team in the AMA Championship, with a compact SOHC engine featuring revolutionary injection technology. Also available are a comprehensive selection of enduro and freeride models.
The company’s recent record of success in off-road racing – over 240 world championship titles in the various classes, countless national titles and 13 consecutive victories in the Dakar Rally – is unrivalled. In 2013 alone, KTM factory riders Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings won both the main classes in the World Motocross Championship, and the 65cc, 85cc and 125cc junior world championships were also won on KTMs.
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for 2014 features the Italian Cairoli, riding a smaller-than-normal 350 SX-F, and Ken de Dycker of Belgium on the 450, while MX2 factory riders are Dutchman Herlings and Jordi Tixier of France, under the guidance of ten-time world champion Stefan Everts. Works KTMs are also making waves in AMA Motocross and Supercross, ridden by Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin, Dean Ferris and Ken Roczen.