Enduro

Enduro

Juha Salminen shook up the Grand National Cross Country circuit in 2005 and won an astonishing 9 of the 13 GNCC rounds, taking home his first American Off-Road Championship title.

Following in history’s footsteps, champions are always given the prestige of running the number one plate the following year to contest and defend their title.

After careful consideration, 10-time World Enduro Champion, Juha Salminen has decided to race the 2006 GNCC series with 111 instead of the number 1 plate. He explained, “For me, the number one plate is something that I earned last year because my team and I worked hard for it. I respect the history and the distinction that comes with it, but the team and I thought that since I am in America racing for such a short time that we would like for fans to associate me with the 111. In fact, we are not ignoring the number 1 at all, just be sure to look at the middle one, it’s larger than the other two numbers.

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The second round of the AMA National Hare Scrambles was held in Hollister, CA and the conditions were dry, dusty and hard packed.

Ohio resident Robbie Jenks jumped off the line in the top group and battled with Nathan Woods and Ricky Dietrich throughout the entire three hour and fifteen minute race until the rain started to come down. The 12-mile loop mainly consisting of fire roads started getting more and more treacherous as lapped-traffic became thicker and Jenks got caught behind them.

A great effort was put forth by Robbie and he finished his day in third.

AMA National Hare Scrambles Results (Top 3)

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KTM’s strong commitment to off-road riding and racing will again be expanded in 2006 as we proudly announce the KTM Off-Road Series Bonus Program.

In addition to KTM customer support offered trackside at many of the events, the KTM Off-Road Series Bonus is further support for our loyal KTM riders who compete in the following series: GNCC, WORCS, AMA National Enduro and AMA National Hare & Hound Series.

The Series Bonus will be paid to the registered owner who contests the entire series on a 2005 or newer KTM model.

GNCC and WORCS 2006 Series Class Championship
(Year End Class Standings)

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KTM’s reigning Enduro 3 world champion David Knight proved once again that when the going gets tough he certainly knows how to get going. Mounted on his 300cc KTM David once again dominated the Hell’s Gate race earning himself 8’000 Euro after managing to make it to the top of Hell’s peak ahead of his rivals.

Despite the special test used in the morning’s qualifying enduro featuring several ice patches David managed to win each of the three special tests to qualify first for the main Hell’s Gate race. Finishing ahead of Britain’s Wayne Braybrook and Italian Maurizio Micheluz, Knighter simply did enough to ensure he would start in pole position for the four-lap main event. While David claimed the number one qualifying position, KTM’s Dakar rider David Casteu finished in 10th position, putting himself in a strong position for a good result in the Hell’s Gate race.

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Factory KTM rider Jean-Claude Mousse narrowly missed out on victory at the 1st running of the Le Touquet Pas-de-Calais Enduropale staged on the beach at Le Touquet on Sunday February 5th where the former two-time Le Touquet Enduro winner ended the three-hour race just one minute and 15 seconds behind eventual race winner Tomotei Potisek.

Mounted aboard his KTM 525 Mousse was one of 1000 riders that took to the start of the new look event and after three hours of close racing action around the 15.5km long circuit the French rider stood on the second step of the podium. Despite his best efforts to win the event, Mousse proved once again to be one of the world’s very best beach racers aboard his factory KTM.

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