We’re unashamedly big Laia Sanz fans and naturally can’t wait to see how the Queen of Rally gets on in the Dakar this January.
Sixteenth in 2017's race, fingers and toes are crossed that she can match that top 10 result of 2015.
And armed with KTM’s new 450 Rally bike, she’s certainly got the tools to do it.
While flying under the KTM Rally Factory Racing “satellite” awning with Luica Benavides, as opposed to the official Red Bull KTM awning, it’s really only the colour scheme that’s anyway different in machinery levels.
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At the recent EICMA show in Milan, KTM unveiled their all-new 450 Rally bike and from what we know and were told, it’s a proper weapon.
New engine with higher peak performance, new engine management system, improved throttle body, improved centre of gravity and weight distribution and slimmer sleeker bodywork bring it closer to an enduro bike than a rally bike of old.
It’s also rocking a hefty set of 52mm Cone Valve forks up front.
If money was no object, we’d have this in our garage.
Robert LynnEnduro21 Editorrobert@future7media.com