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    KTM withdraws from 2010 Dakar

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    KTM withdraw from Dakar due to new capacity restrictions

    Following the announcement at a press conference on June 4, 2009 of the French "ASO" - the organisers of the "South
    American Dakar" that from 2010, only motorcycles with a maximum displacement of 450 cc will be permitted to compete,
    KTM, after eight consecutive victories, has decided to immediately accept the consequences and announces its withdrawal
    from the "Dakar".
    The company will no longer be represented at the rally in South America either with an official factory team or a KTMsupported
    team. At the same time, KTM underlines that the company remains committed to rally sport and will now
    concentrate its efforts on the world championship and other important rallies.
    The organiser's short term change to the rules, designed to end the dominance of KTM, and which comes without any
    advance warning, hits the KTM factory hard. Today, just six months before the start - and at a time when not only the factory
    team but also dozens of private teams are deep in preparations for this extremely complex rally, the immediate withdrawal of
    the worldwide market leader of offroad sports motorcycle is the only possible consequence.
    "Every sport regulation needs changes and adjustments to new developments to retain an interest in it, but this also require
    the appropriate lead times. We have the entire material for the 690 Rally motorcycles for our factory team as well as that for
    50 customers' motorcycles in our storage facility ready to be constructed in June. Riders' contracts have been finalised and all
    the team members have been engaged. The financial consequences that results from this decision are enormous. Quite apart
    from this, we are shocked by the organiser's lack of loyalty, above all because of the huge efforts we made following the
    cancellation of the Dakar in 2008 by contributing to the new edition - even during a period of extreme economic crisis," said
    KTM Motor Sport Advisor and "Rally Legend" Heinz Kinigadner in a first statement.
    Following the decision for the deployment of 450cc motorcycles, which are unthinkably unsuitable for use in long distance
    rallies, KTM can no longer economically justify a commitment to be engaged in the Dakar in the future. KTM Motor Sport
    Director Winfried Kerschhaggl: "Rally sport serves to prove the efficiency and stability of our large volume series single
    cylinder. There is no question that we will remain active in rally sport! Having said that, for KTM, the rally in South America is
    now history. We will now fully concentrate on the Rally World Championship and we will seek out alternatives. Maybe we will
    soon again see full KTM Rally engagement on African soil - back to the roots!"
    With its commitment to rally sports, KTM naturally takes the obligations to its long term worldwide customers seriously
    because it is they who have decided to put their trust in the products and in the unique service of the Austrian company for
    rally sport by choosing KTM motorcycles.
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    Whats the big deal , theres been a guy competing on a HUSQVARNA 510 for years in Dakar . Which is basically a stroked 450 same engine . I'm sure KTM could race a 450.

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