KTM, as a world leader in the manufacture of sports motorcycles has wrapped up another racing season rich in world championship titles, underlining the company's supremacy in the offroad segment and its commitment to its "Ready to Race" philosophy. KTM riders brought home a total of seven championship titles, while the company secured six of the all important manufacturer's titles in the course of the 2008 racing season.
The Enduro racing season yielded two rider titles: Samuli Aro of Finland in E3 and Italian Thomas Oldrati in the Junior Enduro category plus Manufacturer's titles in both E3 and E2. KTM factory riders Tyla Rattray (South Africa) and Sven Breugelmans (Belgium) led home the world championship fields in MX2 and MX3 while young French rider Valentin Teillet wrapped up the MX European championship one round before completion of the season. KTM won the Manufacturer's title in both classes MX2 and MX3. Marek Dabrowski of Poland secured the open title in the Rally World Championship, while his countryman Jacek Czachor took his second consecutive title in the 450cc class.
KTM won the Manufacturer's title in both classes of the Rally World Championship.
In Supermoto, Germany's Bernd Hiemer coasted home on asphalt and offroad to bring home the S1 title while in the USA, Manxman David Knight dominated the GNCC competition to take the title. American Russell Bobbitt fired up the USA competition and emerged as national Enduro champion.
The season's balance is impressive: the seven rider Championship titles and six manufacturer titles in 2008 now bring KTM's overall list of first class honors to a grand total of 159 world titles.
The company now looks forward to the 2009 racing season when it will continue to field top class factory teams and supported riders in major categories motorcycle racing.