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El Martillo Baja Sur Racing Team finishes #Dakar2014

posted Jan 19, 2014, 12:55 PM by Baja Off-Road   [ updated Jan 19, 2014, 12:56 PM ]

#Dakar2014 finisher El Martillo Racing
They made it: a rookie team full of expectations and dreams, with much to win, a team made of the dream of Mathew “Matt” Campbell made reality for all the El Martillo Racing, team who became one of the finishers of the most impressive, tough, overwhelming and difficult races in the world.

The 18th of January 2014 will be remembered in the memory of many off road Baja fans, but mostly for the teammates of El Martillo Racing, actually a NAFTA team consisten of Canadians, Americans and Mexicans who dared to challenge the major league of off road racing in the world: The Dakar.
Achieving the 46th position in the 13rd stage and 52nd overall, becoming part of the history for being the 1st Baja California Sur based team attempting this gorgeous adventure and making it real at the moment they crossed the finish-line podium in Valparaíso, Chile.

The 13th and last stage of the Rally was not complicated after the pit crew lead by Mike Julson / JIMCO motorsports again changed a clutch the night before to the very last challenge of the Dakar 2014, the team made a 52nd very acceptable position and also got the 2nd place of the OP1 class after two weeks of the hardest days of our lives.

o-tone El Martillo news release "Yes we made some mistakes, yes we learned a lot, yes we would’ve liked to get better position but WE MADE IT!"

Dakar Marathon Rally El Martillo

A team of rookies achieving to finish and see the checkers flag in the most important marathon-rally of the world.
The entire team learned something during this wild, crazy, addictive trip, they had bad times, problems and a low profile helpful for a first-timer team.

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Matt Campbell Team Principal assembled such a great team setting everything to make history and beyond many people expectations, became a finisher of the brutal race… Many did not make it, renowned stars and masters of this sport could not got to Valparaíso, and we did.

The car worked very well according to the terrain expectations, sometimes with some advantages and some others paying the cost but at last ending the 14 days event where since the renowned builder to the successful entrepreneur, and of course everybody else of the team, had something to learn in this dream called Dakar.

Image credits: El Martillo Racing. Content compiled of teams news release.

KTM Factory Rally Team enters new era

posted Apr 29, 2013, 8:16 AM by Baja Off-Road   [ updated Jan 19, 2014, 12:01 PM ]

Kurt Caselli Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
KTM Motorsports has announced a new era for its factory rally team, which as of 2013 will ride under the name of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.
The new team will field a strong three-rider lineup of Marc Coma, Ruben Faria and Kurt Caselli. The KTM factory team presence will be further enhanced by top Chilean rider Francesco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez who will be supported with a full factory package. Lopez will be competing on the same factory rally machine as the other three riders.
“Just as we always look to the future by constantly developing our rally bikes, we must also do that same with the structure of our factory team. It is essential to evolve, to engage new talent and have the kind of balance and harmony essential for the smooth operation of the team in extreme circumstances like the Dakar Rally,” said Pit Beirer, head of KTM Motorsports. “We want to capitalize on the immense experience and talent of riders like Marc Coma, but also need to take advantage of those of ambitious up-and-coming riders like Caselli, Faria and Lopez.”
Coma of Spain, a three times Dakar winner was unable to ride in the 2013 edition because a shoulder injury sustained in a crash in the Morocco Rally had not completely healed. He is now fit and is preparing to defend his World Championship Cross Country Rally title starting with the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (April 4-11). He and his now former KTM factory teammate Cyril Despres between them have dominated the Dakar, winning a total of eight titles of KTM’s 12 consecutive wins in what is certainly the world’s toughest rally.
Portuguese rider Ruben Faria, long time support rider to Despres enjoyed a very successful 2013 Dakar in his own right, finishing overall second, including a stage victory. Kurt Caselli, KTM’s offroad specialist and US factory rider was called in at the last minute to ride for the injured Coma. He delivered an impressive performance in his first Dakar appearance, including two stage victories. The popular Chilean Lopez was in great form on a KTM 450 Rally bike in the 2013 edition, finishing overall third with four stage victories.

Marc Coma Redbull KTM Rally Team
Beirer underlined that KTM had enjoyed a great era with the Coma-Despres partnership in the factory team but underlined that when a rider of the high caliber of Despres indicated that he wanted to move on and face new challenges that the company had to respect his wish.
He said KTM had experienced an era of unprecedented success while Despres has been a member of the company’s factory rally team.
“His exemplary achievements are recognized throughout the world of motorsports and he will always be part of the history of our company. We thank him for his contribution and I join with everyone at KTM Motorsports and our entire company to wish him well for his chosen future.”
Looking forward, Beirer emphasized that it was important to remain open-minded and embrace change. “We must invest in new talent, just as we invest in new technology and I am confident that with the new team structure we will continue to play a dominant role in rally sport.”

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