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Daniel Sanders Joins KTM Factory Rally Team

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KKTM Factory Racing have announced the signing of Daniel Sanders, who joins the rally team with immediate effect.

The 26-year-old Australian will make his first competitive outing aboard a KTM 450 RALLY machine at the upcoming Andalucia Rally in Spain.

A former KTM Factory Racing rider in EnduroGP, Daniel Sanders has shown impressive speed in enduro both in the world championship and at home in Australia. Outright ISDE winner in 2019, Sanders also claimed the AORC (Australian Off Road Championship) E3 title in the same year. No stranger to high-speed sand racing, Daniel took the win at the demanding Hattah Desert Race in 2018 ‰ÛÒ an event previously won by compatriot and fellow KTM rally racer Toby Price.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really excited to join the KTM Factory Racing team and start my rally career. I have to admit it‰Ûªs something I have always wanted to do but was perhaps planning to get into it a little later." Sanders commented.

"As it stands, with the current worldwide pandemic, there‰Ûªs not that much racing going on, so when this opportunity came up to join the rally team, I grabbed it with both hands! I‰Ûªve had a few days on the bike so far and some time getting to grips with the road book and I think it‰Ûªs gone pretty well.

"The bike is great and handles so well, it‰Ûªs really stable at speed. I know I have a lot of knowledge to gain but Jordi and the rest of the team have been great. I feel like I‰Ûªve fitted in really easily and it‰Ûªs obvious that everyone works really hard for a common goal. I‰Ûªm looking forward to getting some more time on the bike and then my first race here in Spain next month.‰Û
Currently in Europe, Sanders is spending time under the watchful eye of KTM Rally Team Manager Jordi Viladoms, in Spain. Familiarizing himself with the KTM 450 RALLY bike as well as developing his road book and navigational skills, Daniel is also getting to know the tight-knit rally team as he learns from Dakar winners, Price, Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs great to have a rider of Daniel‰Ûªs skill join the team. Already he has shown he‰Ûªs got really good pace on the bike but is also a very fast learner in terms of the road book and navigation." Jordi Viladoms ‰ÛÒ KTM Rally Team Manager said.

"It‰Ûªs been invaluable to have him here in Spain to get him up to speed with everything and meet the whole KTM rally family. The plan is to take Daniel through the same teaching procedure we have been through with all of the riders that have previously come into the team from another discipline. He will ride for the KTM Factory Racing team in a junior capacity to minimize the pressure on him and allow him to develop his skills on the bike.

"Hopefully, he will contest the Dakar next January and then follow our full FIM Cross-Country Rallies program for the rest of the year. We‰Ûªre really pleased to have Daniel with us and can‰Ûªt wait to see what he can achieve with the team.‰Û

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