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Istoria Ready to Race

Povestea constructorului care domină segmentul off-road a început în 1934 când Hans Trunkenpolz şi-a deschis un atelier de reparaţii în Mattighofen, Upper Austria. După trei ani, a mărit afacerea începând să vândă motociclete DKW, iar 1951 a creat prima motocicletă. Producţia de serie a primului KTM (KTM R100) a început în 1953, iar compania care se numea Kronreif, Trunkenpolz, Mattighofen şi-a început implicarea în competiţii.

În 1968, decid să intre pe piaţa din Statele Unite ale Americii cu o motocicletă de motocross de 125 cmc, iar în 1974 KTM obţine primul titlu în Campionatul Mondial de Motocross. Pilotul care a adus titlul în Austria a fost rusul Gennadij Moiseev care s-a impus la clasa 250 cmc.

În anii `80, Heinz Kinigadner (actualul director sportiv al KTM) şi Trampas Parker contribuie decisiv la crearea legendei KTM aducând la Mattighofen încă trei titluri mondiale în motocross.

1984 este anul în care KTM a început lucrul la primul său motor în patru timpi răcit cu lichid, iar 1987 primul LC4 intra în producţia de serie.

Problemele economice de la sfârşitul anilor `80 afectează extrem de grav compania austriacă, şi în 1991 KTM Motorfahrzeugbau AG intră în faliment.

Din fericire, un an mai târziu îşi începe activitatea nou-înfiinţata divizie KTM Sportmotorcycle GmbH cu o strategie nouă focusată pe hard enduro şi raliuri, iar în 1994 este produs primul Duke.

Din 2001 KTM domină celebrul raliu cunoscut sub titulatura Paris Dakar, iar experienţa acumulată în raliuri a început să fie transpusă în modelele de serie odată cu lansarea în 2003 a modelului 950 Adventure (un travel enduro).  În acelaşi an, KTM începe să intre şi în segementul on-road datorită succesului înregistrat la clasa 125 cmc a Campionatului Mondial de Motociclism Viteză. Astfel gama on-road s-a mărit prin apariţia lui 990 Super Duke şi a modelului 950 Supermoto. Primul superbike KTM a fost produs în 2008. Este vorba despre 1190 RC8, model în şaua căruia Stefan Nebal a terminat pe locul doi în Campionatul de Superbike al Germaniei sezonul 2009.

Din 1950 până în prezent, KTM a câştigat 165 de titluri mondiale toate produsele sale, indiferent că este vorba despre motociclete, quaduri şi mai nou maşini, fiind vândute sub filosofia "Ready to Race". Practic, îţi poţi achiziţiona o motocicletă şi doar cu setări ce ţin de greutatea pilotului a doua zi te poţi înscrie într-o competiţie.

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