KTM’s Concept to Rally-ity!

KTM re-enter the light-middle weight adventure category with a stunning example of things to come.

790 Adventure

KTM pulled the covers off its all-new, KTM 790 ADVENTURE R prototype at the world famous EICMA show in Milan today, along with a hinting how the Austrian firm’s model line-up will further expand, thanks to a completely new engine generation with its 799cc LC8c parallel twin powerplant.

KTM CSO Mr. Hubert Trunkenpolz (the T in KTM) updated the assembled media and guests on the status of the company, scheduled for another record year of growth and profit in 2017 – underlining its position as the largest European motorcycle manufacturer. Not surprising as they have a habit of buying other manufactures. With a completely new engine platform, an expanding R&D facility, increased staff globally and now more than 280 World Championships in its trophy cupboard, KTM refuses to shut the throttle on progress.

Is this what the ADVENTURE community has been eagerly awaiting? A lightweight, compact midrange travel enduro with outstanding cross-country ability.

The KTM 790 ADVENTURE R prototype fully embraces the Austrian company’s READY TO RACE philosophy. With its high dashboard tower, single seat, tiny LED lights and low-slung fuel tanks, the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R is clearly inspired by the KTM Rally machines that dominate competition the world over. The LC8c punches hard from inside its lightweight and extremely rugged chassis, complete with top-quality WP Suspension components front and rear. Naturally, a production version of this would come with the very best electronic rider assistance package too.

While it’s currently just a “prototype”, it looks damn near to production as it gets!


As a clear example KTM’s consistent forward progression, KTM also presented an entirely new generation KTM 450 RALLY in a bid to claim a seventeenth consecutive Rally Dakar victory. 

Representing two years of intense development and debuted at the OiLibya Rallye Maroc in October, the bike is faster and lighter while being more agile and stable. Wrapped in new bodywork and housed in a bespoke, freshly developed chassis is a new 450cc single cylinder engine. Controlled by a new engine management system and a revised throttle body, the result is better peak performance and improved throttle response. And in the true KTM style and for non-factory pilots, a customer version KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA will become available during 2018.

This is the bike that will take on the Dakar in the impressive hands of Sam Sunderland and Toby Price!

Watch Round 6 of the AMA Endurocross

AMA Endurocross Round 6, Boise, ID

Thanks to the power of the interweb, you all get to check out the latest round of the AMA Endurocross series in the comfort of your own home. With Colton Hakker out with injury, it’s a pretty easy run for Cody Web, but there is still plenty of cool carnage to enjoy! The finals star at around the 2 hour 20 mark.


Weekend Wrap Up – November 4-5

A quick wrap up from some of the weekend’s dirt action around NZ.


NZ Mini Motocross Champs, Christchurch

With classes full and skies beautifully blue, the Christchurch Off-road Motorcycle Club put on a weekend for mini’s like no other, using the West Melton Track at their melting pot of the future stars of NZ motocross. The club did a great job in track prep, but couldn’t predict the onslaught of random sunshine that baked he track, producing dust during the last few races on Saturday. Come Sunday and the crew had worked all through the night to get the water down deep and conditions were perfect for the final day of racing.


A quick list of class champs look like this:

6-8yrs 50cc MX

Maz Parkes

7-8yrs 65cc MX

Kase Thoms

9-11yrs 65cc MX

Tyler Wiremu

4-5yrs 50cc Trail

Harry Pluck

6-8yrs 50cc Trail

Tyler Mansell

4-7 Intro 50cc MX

Tynan Morrow

9-11yrs 65cc Non Qualifiers

Spencer Biggs


Click Here for timed results and fast laps.

Also, keep an eye on future issues of DRD for a full report.


Waikato Champs, Otorohanga

Even mother-nature herself could not keep the King Country down with the Waikato Champs turning out to be a spectacular event. The morning’s muddy track soon gave way to some excellent tacky dirt leading to some great battles throughout the entire day.

Sunday saw the bike boys and a few junior classed to break things up.

Pro 450 saw Cody Cooper win all four motos, leading a Honda clean sweep of the podium.

Pro 250 looked blue all day with Yamaha’s Wyatt Chase also dominating all races to win the day.

Pro 125 was James Scott cleaning house on his way to a perfect record and Waikato Championship.

Junior 250 was a closer race with race wins shared around. But Jed Bixley was Mr Consistent and took the class win.

Junior 85 was broken into two age groups. Seth Henson would smash the competition in the 12-16yrs while Jack Coleman claimed the 8-11 class by a mere 4 points.


Saturday was all about the kids, oldies and woman, not necessarily in that order. Liam Everts was on show too, and he sure showed he was not to be messed with, sweeping all four motos of the event.

The woman’s class was a battle up front between Shelby Catley and Roma Edwards – Catley getting the edge with consistency.

Lap by lap action from the Waikato Champs – Click Here



Taikorea Enduro, Palmerston North

The final round of the Central Enduro Series took place on Sunday at Taikorea Motorcycle Park, but this event was different with a sprint format used over the traditional Enduro format. This meant there were no trails or trail times to keep to. You couldn’t lose time and it was all about the terrain tests. You would hit three terrain tests then head back to the pits to have a break, talk crap and bench race. Before hitting them again. So without having to calculate average speeds and worry about being on time it was all about the fastest rider wins. How it should be.

The Axeman, Paul Whibley was the winner of the day, using his hometown advantage to great success. Seth Reardon from Wanganui would chase Paul to the finish with another local, Reuben Vermeer finishing up the podium.

For a full list of Test Times and Results – Click Here

Groomy clocks Up Another 4 Hour win

Groombridge Clocks Up Acerbis 4 Hour Win Number Five

Bay of Plenty motorcycling ace Brad Groombridge has notched up yet another win at the popular annual Acerbis Four-Hour cross-country race near Taupo.

The Suzuki man from Taupo was the pre-race favourite to win this popular stand-alone event on Saturday and he didn’t disappoint.

He is now a record five-time outright winner of the marathon dirt bike race, an incredible four times now as a solo (ironman) rider.

Although he admits this year’s victory was probably his hardest-fought, he took the chequered flag a solid 23 seconds ahead of main rival Paul Whibley.

Third overall was the two-rider Rotorua combination of Barry Morris and Cam Negus, finishing 15 minutes further back.

Groombridge had found himself stuck in traffic soon after the shot-gun blast signalled the start at 11.30am and he was faced with the mission of trying to slice through the congestion before the leaders opened up too much of a gap over him.

He swiftly weaved between riders and trees in an attempt to put himself into contention for the win and, although a four-hour race is never won on the opening lap, he managed to take the lead at the start of lap two, surprising Whibley with a quick pass as they exited the pit zone.

“Soon after that a lapper was ahead of me and, when I yelled at him to move over, he panicked and collided with me. Paul (Whibley) took the lead, but I soon caught back up to him,” the 27-year-old Groombridge explained.

“I had trouble with my goggles fogging up and so I ditched them. I couldn’t really see that well and I ended up doing about five of the seven laps without goggles.

“It was tough trying to work out a spot where I could pass Paul without getting filled in by the dirt roost from his rear tyre. I managed to make that happen.

“It’s a tough race to ride solo, but I’ve been doing a lot of riding lately to build up my fitness. I will also be racing the motocross nationals in two classes this year, the MX1 and the MX2 as well. This should set me up well for defending my national cross-country title later in 2018.”

A special Richie Ebbett Memorial Trophy was presented at the event for the first time this year, given to a “deserving rider” and Taupo’s Dan Harris was this year’s inaugural recipient.

The 90-minute Motomuck Junior 90 race again acted as a “curtain-raiser” to the main race and that was won by Cambridge rider Seton Head, with Cambridge’s Callum Paterson runner-up and Napier’s Bryn Codd claiming the third podium spot. The top 85cc bike rider in this 90-minute race was Taupo’s Wil Yeoman.

Haaker Out For Remainder of AMA EnduroCross

Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker forced out for the remainder of the AMA EnduroCross Championship due to recent surgery

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker will be forced to sit out the final three rounds of the AMA EnduroCross Championship it has been announced, and will thus relinquish his fight to successfully defend his title in the U.S.A.

Enjoying a solid season of competition in the US, Haaker won the opening round of the 2017 AMA EnduroCross series in Las Vegas and then went on to claim top three results in the following three rounds of the series.

But due to an injury sustained at the beginning of the EnduroCross season, Haaker has had to undergo surgery to remove the Bursa Sac in his elbow and to clean up the remainder of an existing staph infection.

While doctors are currently unsure of the recovery time needed, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider is already looking to be back in time to defend his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship title.

While the Husqvarna Factory Racing rider will take the appropriate time off to properly recover from the surgery, he is already setting his sights on the 2018 SuperEnduro series, which kicks off in Poland on December 9, 2017.

In other Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing news, the team has also announced a new signing to take on the 2018 AMA Supercross season.

fMitchell Harrison has joined the team for the 2018 Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons. Harrison will make his debut in the 2018 AMA Supercross season, where he will race in the 250SX class. He will then turn his sights on the AMA Pro Motocross Championship aboard his FC 250 machine.

“2018 is my chance to charge forward on an elite team, Harrison said. I look forward to starting the season out strong and ending each night up on the podium! I am grateful for this opportunity with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.”