July 18, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – The countdown is on to the first off-road motorcycle event of ESPN’s X Games. The 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil will kick off on Sunday, July 31 at STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and off-road racers will find themselves on the biggest stage the sport has seen.

Eric Peronnard has been directly behind the inception and current success of EnduroCross. As an established motorcycle event promoter, Peronnard also has successes such as the U.S. Open of Supercross under his belt. With less than two weeks remaining until the start of X Games 17, he’s a busy guy, but Peronnard had time to answer a few questions on the upcoming “Enduro X” event.

There has been talk of EnduroCross being a part of X Games for a long time now – how many years in the making is this?
Basically the seed was put in the ground six years ago in ’05. At the second (ever) EnduroCross, I invited Tim Reed from the X Games. He was really taken by it. He said, ‘Hey, this is a great sport and it would fit X Games.’ But there was no open space for it at the time.

It’s time to start planning for the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), the oldest ‘off road’ motorcycle event on the FIM calendar. Being held in Kotka-Hamina, Finland from August 8-13, 2011, this annual event, eagerly awaited by all Enduro enthusiasts, is a unique opportunity to test personal riding skills against the elements and nature while enjoying six days of unparalleled camaraderie with like-minded people.

The perfect machine for the ISDE
KTM is once again a partner of this classic event that was first held in 1913 and it goes without saying that all KTM Six Days participants have the opportunity to either buy or hire the ideal, made-to-measure machine. Based on the new 2012 EXC model series, the special Six Days edition is equipped with a whole range of special features for this incomparable event.

Rental Bikes, Spare Parts and Special Race Service
Racing is in the blood and is the shared passion of all those with a relationship to the Orange cult-brand, Austrian made machines. That’s why in 2011, KTM offers again full support to riders who want to share this unique experience. KTM, together with KTM Finland is offering exclusive leasing of the KTM EXC Six Days motorcycle and a Transport Service to Kotka. All KTM riders will also be able to take advantage of the KTM spare parts service. Again this year KTM Finland are also offering customers a race service packages to ensure participants can get down to the serious business of riding, competing and having fun in a great atmosphere.

Race Service
KTM offers an updated version of the professional Race Service for 2011. Find all new information in the attached Race Service and FAQ PDF File for 2011.

KTM Paddock
Orange will be again the dominant colour for the KTM Paddock presence in Finland for the official KTM Service Team, KTM’s professional factory and Finland team. Here KTM writes “Service” with a capital “S” to ensure all orange riders get the maximum pleasure and satisfaction out of their IDSE experience.

ISDE Online
The countdown to this great classic event will be constantly documented in the KTM Racing section of www.ktm.com – Racing – Enduro sub-section. Enthusiasts will be able to follow all the news in the run-up to the ISDE, including special information on the team presentation, behind the scenes news and views and all the specs for the KTM Six Days motorcycle will come soon.
http://www.ktmfactoryracing.com/ISDE.102166.0.html