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KTM extends contracts with Toby Price and Sam Sunderland

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On the day that Dakar Rally organizers ASO announced details of the 2017 edition of the legendary offroad event, KTM Motorsports has also confirmed that Toby Price and Sam Sunderland to remain with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team until the end of the 2019 season.

Australian Toby Price, winner of the 2016 Dakar Rally, said he was ‰ÛÏreally excited and stoked to be staying with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team until the end of 2019.‰Û
Toby Price getting serious!. Credit: Sebas Romero
Sam Sunderland is also pleased to stay with the team: "I‰Ûªm really happy to have extended with KTM. The bike and the team have been great to me in the past years," Sunderland said.

"The team supported me through a recent injury and helped me to come back and fight for the top positions. I‰Ûªm really excited about the years to come and we will keep moving forward in the same direction, and with the same goal in our sights.‰Û
Sam Sunderland in action. Credit: Sebas Romero
Mexican-born KTM rider Ivan Ramirez, a proven AMA National Hare and Hound champion in the USA, will step in for Meo to ride with the factory team for the Dakar Rally. Ramirez, who first rode KTM at the age of five, also comes to the rally with Baja racing experience and also competed in the 2016 OiLibya Rally.

Austrian Matthias Walkner completes the lineup for the Red Bull KTM factory rally team for 2017. Walkner has now overcome injury setbacks that started during the Dakar 2016 and prevented him from defending the world championship title he won in 2015. He is again fit and ready to tackle his third Dakar.
Toby Pricein action. Credit: Sebas Romero
Spanish rider Laia Sanz will again be part of the KTM Factory Racing Team in 2017. She finished overall ninth in Dakar 2015, the best finish ever by a woman rider, during which she took a highly creditable fifth place in the eighth stage, which she says was one of her best ever memories of the rally. Sanz had some injury problems in the 2016 edition but still came in at 16th overall. This season she was also once again FIM Women‰Ûªs Enduro World Champion.

ASO Sporting Director Marc Coma, himself a five-time winner for KTM, has described the 2017 edition as ‰ÛÏthe toughest rally yet in South America‰Û
Laia Sanz, Antoine Meo, Matthias Walkner, Toby Price & Sam Sunderland KTM 450 RALLY 2016
Main Photo: Toby Price on his KTM 450 RALLY 2016
Credit: Sebas Romero


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Dakar 2017
#1 Toby Price (AUS)
#14 Sam Sunderland (GBR)
#16 Matthias Walkner (AUT)
#44 Ivan Ramirez (MEX)

KTM Factory Racing Team Dakar 2017
#19 Laia Sanz (ESP)

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