KTM‰Ûªs combination of innovative design, proven reliability and passion for desert racing is reflected in the entry list for this year's race, with the 172 KTMs entered exactly double the 86 machines of the next-best represented brand.
Another KTM rider hoping to make his mark in the event will be former pro motocrosser turned off-road racer Jack Simpson, who currently leads the AORC E1 category, and will race a KTM250SX-F in the quarter-litre four-stroke class.
‰ÛÏIn the past I was racing motocross and never had the time or the chance to do Finke, but this is the year to have a crack." Simpson stated. "I just want to show my colours - that I'm not scared of going fast.
"The speeds are just crazy fast. I was riding the 500, and you can get up to 180-odd clicks on one of them, and even my 250 does 160kmh. That‰Ûªs fast.
"I've only ever done 90-100k on a motocross track, and when you're doing 160 down a corrugated dirt track, your eyes just bounce, but now that I‰Ûªve been here a few days, you start to get used to it and you see a lot more. It‰Ûªs just getting your eye in to the speed of the race - that‰Ûªs the thing.‰Û