KTM Enters Its First ATV in Dakar Rally

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On Jan. 3, Italian Camelia Liparoti will become the first person to ride a KTM quad in the Dakar Rallyktm_dakarquad2 when she crosses the starting line in Buenos Aires, Argentina, aboard her 525 XC.

About 235 motorcycles and 30 quads are scheduled to race in the inaugural “Dakar Rally” in South America. But, while KTM will field 55 percent of the motorcycles taking part in the rally this year, the Austrian company will field only one quad – Liparoti’s.

Other brands signed to compete in the ATV division include Yamaha, Suzuki, Polaris and BRP’s Can-Am.

Stage One of the rally begins in Buenos Aires on Saturday Jan. 3. Teams and riders from 49 countries will ktm_dakarquad1then be going full throttle 5,903 miles over the legendary Argentina Pampas, into Patagonia, across the Andes mountains, and across hundreds of miles of desert and sand dunes until the completion of Stage 14 back in the Argentinean capital on Jan. 17.

Check out Dealernews.com for more about the 2009 Dakar Rally.

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