The Dakar 2019 is only a month away and the teams are getting ready to hit the trails and face the most grueling rally on the world. The 2019 edition of the event will take place in beautiful Peru, but don’t be fooled by the one-country only challenge, between mountains and see, the country has a lot to offer in the way of rugged terrain. Dakar champion KTM is getting ready to face the South American event with a seasoned team of riders and a bike ready for everything.
The 2019 brew of KTM’s factory team has quite the legacy to live up to: the manufacturer has won the past 17 rallies and it looks like it has every intention of getting an 18th consecutive one. The 2019 team will count on the experience of returning riders Sam Sunderland, Toby Price, and Matthias Walkner, with the addition of Mario Patrao, Dakar female class winner Laia Sanza as well as young rookie rider Luciano Benavides joining the ranks.
All six riders will get their hands on a specially prepared KTM 450 Rally enduro bikes to tackle the 3,000+ miles, 10-day run through the sand dunes. This will be yet another Dakar experience in the KTM saddle for Sunderland, Price, and Walkner. For Price, the event started off a little shaky before he finally found his pace while Sunderland was forced to abandon because of an injury. For both riders, the 2019 edition is the occasion to make use of their 2018 experience and push harder. As for Walkner, the bar is already set high: he is the winner of this year’s Dakar and he’s looking forward to defending his title.
The Dakar 2019 will run from January 6 to 17, 2019 with a start and finish in Peru’s capital of Lima.