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Australian KTM Ultimate Race qualifiers announced

Nowak and Robertson earn all expenses paid trip to Morocco.

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The first-ever KTM Ultimate Race qualification event in Australia was hosted alongside the Transmoto 12-Hour at Batemans Bay in New South Wales last weekend, with two extremely capable and fortunate Australians set to take off to Morocco at the end of this month.

Set to compete against a selection of KTM adventure riders from around the world in an exclusive class at the Merzouga Rally event within the Dakar series, Robert Nowak and Steve Robertson will represent Australia after delivering strong performances in the national qualifier.

Both Nowak and Robertson have won all-expenses paid trips to Morocco for the 2019 KTM Ultimate Race, to be contested on 31 March-5 April. Each will receive factory rider treatment and will be equipped with factory-prepared KTM 790 Adventure R models throughout the event’s duration, while also benefiting from coaching by KTM adventure ambassadors.

The winner of the KTM Ultimate Race in the Merzouga Rally will go on to receive the incredible prize of being awarded their own KTM 790 Adventure R to keep, as well as being provided two VIP tickets to next year’s Dakar Rally.

It’s an initiative introduced by the KTM factory to bring together global KTM adventure communities including Australia, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, Canada and USA.

Last weekend’s KTM Ultimate Race qualification event at Batemans Bay, operated by the Transmoto Events team, featured an exclusive and limited entry list of just 15 riders. They engaged in a series of off-bike challenges including the Bike Lift, Wheel Change and Navigation/Waypoints that were scored accordingly, as well as a pair of timed on-bike Special Tests.

Once each of those tasks were completed, resulting in incredibly close scores, the field was narrowed down to five top riders who each carried out a ‘hot lap’ timed Special Test of the entire Transmoto 12-Hour circuit that was used for the prestigious enduro event on the following day. In the end it was Nowak and Robertson who emerged as the inaugural KTM Ultimate Race qualifiers from Australia.


Calendar revealed for 2019 Cross-Country Rallies World Championship

Four round series shapes up for upcoming season.

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The FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship calendar has been revealed for 2019, confirming four rallies will take place between March and October.

The series will kick off with the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in the United Arab Emirates on 30 March-4 April, before heading to Russia, Mongolia and China for the Silk Way Rally on 6-16 July.

The championship will recommence in Chile on 1-7 September for the Atacama Rally, followed by the season-finale Rally du Maroc in Morocco, pencilled in for 3-9 October.

In 2018, Australian Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) emerged victorious to lift the crown, adding to his list of achievements that include winning the Dakar Rally in 2016.

2019 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship calendar:
Rd1 – 30 March-4 April – Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, United Arab Emirates
Rd2 – 6-16 July – Silk Way Rally, Russia-Mongolia-China
Rd3 – 1-7 September – Atacama Rally, Chile
Rd4 – 3-9 October – Rally du Maroc, Morocco


Moruya confirmed as host of 2019 Australian Four-Day Enduro

A4DE returns to New South Wales for 41st edition.

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Motorcycling Australia (MA) has confirmed Moruya in New South Wales will host the 2019 Australian Four-Day Enduro (A4DE) on 1-4 May, marking the 41st edition of the prestigious off-road event.

It’s not since 2006 that the A4DE has been held in the Bateman’s Bay area, where Mogo played host to an action packed four days that was hailed as one of the best editions of A4DE in years.

Following on from an emotional 40th anniversary earlier in 2018, next year’s edition is set to be bigger and better than ever, as reflected in Australia’s success over in Chile for the 2018 ISDE.

Conceived in 1978, the A4DE is renowned for its fierce competition nationwide, and the Moruya location will provide a picturesque backdrop for the highly anticipated event. Parc ferme will be located at the Moruya Showgrounds, while the event will include excellent spectator vantage points, plus easy access from the township.