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