Red Bull KTM factory rider Cyril Despres of France on Saturday picked up his fifth Dakar trophy when he crossed the line of the 2013 edition of the world’s most famous rally as the winner after more than 8000 km. It was KTM’s twelfth consecutive title and KTM riders took all five top overall paces.

Despres’ long time ‘water carrier’ or factory support rider Ruben Faria of Portugal won the final stage and finished second overall, ten minutes 43 behind the leader. Chilean Chaleco Lopez (KTM) was third overall while Slovak KTM rider Ivan Jakes was fourth and KTM factory rider Joan Pedrero of Spain was fifth.

The French rider, a veteran of this amazing race said it all after securing his fifth title: “I went for it, with all the surprises a Dakar can throw at you,” he said. “Little navigational mistakes, perhaps fewer than the others, taking care of my motorcycle and being in a good team. In the end, I’ve got a good reason to be very happy. The day when winning the Dakar becomes easy, it won’t be interesting any more. And this day is still far! It’s too long, it’s too tough, it’s too hot. It’s too cold. You’ve got to get up early in the morning. You’ve got to find your way out of the maze of dunes in Peru and Chile. You’ve got to tackle the stones and cactuses on the courses near Córdoba. It’s just too tricky for it to be easy to win. And it’s even better when you win a difficult race. I’m always focused on what I have to do. We’re up against a grueling element, the desert. Then there are the stones, the Andes… and we experience them. It’s as real as it gets.” Despres won Stage three and led the overall standings from Stage 10.

Faria too was thrilled to finish second. “Yesterday I lost second place and I thought that just being on the podium would be great for me; to be Cyril Despres’ lieutenant. I didn’t believe it could happen that I could finish second. It’s inconceivable.”

Alex Doringer KTM’s Factory Team Manager praised Despres’ riding, his tactics and strategy and said after the race that he was very proud of his entire team. “The result is amazing. The whole team did an exceptional job and we have to thank them all. We believed in our bikes and we believed in our riders. All seven of our factory riders finished and to have five KTM riders on the top of the list was a fantastic result.”

The Dakar 2013 had more than its share of dramatic moments for the KTM Factory team, including the last minute withdrawal just before the race by Despres’ long time teammate and rival Marc Coma. Coma’s injured shoulder, banged up in a crash in the Morocco Rally late last year was still giving him problems and doctors declared he was not fit enough to compete.

Despres also suffered a major setback in the marathon Stages 7-8 during which riders were unable to call upon outside mechanical help from their team. He was put back on track after being offered the engine from KTM supported rider Marek Dabrowski of the Orlen Team and by the collective effort of his fellow KTM riders who banded together to work at night and change out the engine themselves in the riders’ bivouac.

Jakub Przygonski of Poland and Riaan Van Niekerk of South Africa of KTM’s Factory B team finished eleventh and thirteenth. Kurt Caselli, KTM’s American rider drafted in to ride for injured Coma and Darryl Curtis of South Africa both recovered well from crashes and technical setbacks to put adversity behind them and finished a creditable 31st and 32nd.

Teamwork was on the agenda for the Red Bull KTM Factory team in Stage 12 of the Dakar 2013 when overall leader Cyril Despres worked with teammate and support rider Ruben Faria of Portugal to help him gain some overall time on KTM rival Chaleco Lopez, now racing on his home territory of Chile.

The tactics worked well and at the end of the stage Despres and Faria had secured 1-2 in the overall standings with just two stages to go to Saturday’s finish line in Santiago, Chile. Faria trailed Despres by 5 minutes 39 in the overall standings when riders arrived at the finish in Copiapo but more importantly, the Portuguese rider had gained around three minutes advantage on Lopez.

Red Bull KTM factory rider and title-holder Cyril Despres fought a close battle with Spaniard Joan Barreda in Stage 10 of the Dakar 2013 to finish just one minute 15 behind his rival. The French rider now to secure a narrow lead in the overall standings in front of factory teammate Ruben Faria of Portugal, who secured eighth place in the stage.

Despres, who is now looking settled and determined to go for his fifth Dakar title made the breakthrough on Monday when he won the longest stage in this year’s edition after an eventful first half of the rally. But he was quick to brush off suggestions that his luck had changed and told journalists it was much more “..about experience and preparation and training and bringing all the right elements together at the right moment”.

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce a corporate partnership with Foremost Insurance Group becoming the latest sponsor of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, Factory FMF/KTM Racing Team and the KTM Ride Orange Demo Ride Program.

The partnership blossomed through combined interests of the two companies. Both companies are motorcycle-focused with an emphasis on grassroots initiatives. While the KTM brand has been widely recognized for its offroad heritage and success, Foremost is an insurance company that offers specialized offroad vehicle insurance coverage, along with motorcycle, boat, home and much more.

Red Bull KTM Factory riders, Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen, launched the partnership off to a great start after both riders’ finished on the podium at the opening round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series.

AREQIUPA, PERU – Nasser Al-Attiyah, driver of the #300 Team Qatar Red Bull buggy equipped with Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires, scored his second consecutive stage victory today in the 2013 Dakar®.  Al-Attiyah’s success in this year’s Dakar includes a third place in Stage 1, and victories in Stages 3 and 4.  During today’s 429km Nazca to Arequipa (Peru) Stage 4, he moved to within 5minutes 16seconds of the overall race leader, Stéphan Peterhansel in the X-Raid MINI.

In addition to Al-Attiyah’s success, Carlos Sainz captured a Stage 1 win with his #303 Team Qatar Red Bull buggy. Robby Gordon in his #315 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER also placed second in yesterday’s Stage 3.  In total, Toyo Tires has captured three wins in the first four stages, with a total of five podium finishes.

Morgantown, W. Va. (December 5, 2012) – MX Sports would like to welcome Broome-Tioga Sports Center back to the Northeast Area Qualifier Schedule for the 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s. Previously a TBA on the schedule, the Broome Tioga Area Qualifier will take place April 20 and 21 in Binghamton, N.Y.

“Broome Tioga has been a mainstay on the Loretta Lynn’s schedule for years and MX Sports is excited to have them on the schedule again for 2013,” said MX Sports Event Director Tim Cotter.

The 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship will take place Sunday, July 28 – Saturday, August 3 at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. For more information, visit the series website at

Ontario, CA – Red Bull/KTM rider Taddy Blazusiak returned to his winning ways and claimed the win at the fourth round of the AMA EnduroCross Series held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.

The afternoon started out well for both Red Bull KTM’s Blazusiak as well as Factory FMF/KTM rider Mike Brown. Blazusiak turned the fastest time in the qualifying hot laps while Brown was 2nd fastest. The quick times gave each rider first gate pick in their respective heats later in the evening.

Brown was up first in the second Pro heat. He jumped off the line to a 3rd place start. Unfortunately, he suffered a crash in the matrix early on which cost him a few positions. He was able to recover and finish in 3rd place but was one shy spot of qualifying and had to regroup to return for the semi race.

KTM Motorsports has announced that former MX2 World Champions Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen have both been given a new two-year contract with the US Red Bull/KTM Factory Racing Team.

This news is announced just as Musquin, a two-time MX2 World Champion, achieved the highlight of his U.S. racing career with the overall win in the 250 Motocross class at Unadilla Raceway. His teammate, Ken Roczen, also earned a career first after taking a 250 Motocross class win in the first moto at Unadilla.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a two-week break in action, the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returns to the track on Saturday, August 11, with its anticipated return to Southwick, Mass., for the Moto-X 338 National.

Legendary Moto-X 338 will provide the most unique challenge of the 2012 season as the lone stop of the Nationals to feature sand, which provides an ever-changing surface sure to keep the world’s best riders at their best. This weekend marks the series’ 34th visit to Southwick, which has been the site of some of the sport’s most memorable moments.

At the championship’s previous stop from Washougal MX Park, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey overcame a stiff challenge from MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi to take his sixth straight overall victory and maintain his dominant hold on the 450 Class point standings. While Dungey’s streaking ways continued for the overall win, his string of moto victories was halted at 10 after a captivating battle with Alessi in the opening moto.

Morgantown, W. Va. – After a successful showing in 2011, the highly acclaimed web series Road to Loretta’s returns for a second season in 2012. Cameras follow seven elite athletes as they pursue their dream of competing in the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil, at the historical Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Season 2 of Road to Loretta’s highlights seven athletes from every corner of the country as they make their journey to the ultimate championship stop at Loretta Lynn Ranch. Riders Dakota Alix, Zach Fulkerson, Alexander Frye, Christina Older, Brian Burns, and Vann Martin take cameras behind the scenes to see just what it takes to compete at amateur motocross’ highest level.

Episode 9 features the final week before Loretta Lynn’s and riders around the country make the final preparations to head to the ranch. Each rider has gone through the same qualifying stages to earn their invitation to the ranch, so every position is up for grabs. After months of training, we find out if our athletes have what it takes to win a coveted