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Red Bull KTM Factory #racing team members #matthiaswalkner, #samsunderland and #tobyprice are rested and ready to race having fully recuperated from the long and hugely demanding Dakar Rally. Set to return to competition this weekend the trio are in #abudhabi for the first round of the 2018 #fimcrosscountryralliesworldchampionship.
Together with KTM Rally Team Manager Alex Doringer and KTM Rally Sport Manager Jordi Viladoms, the three-rider team will continue their 2018 race schedule with the #abudhabi Desert Challenge - the first of a series of events throughout 2018 that ultimately lead up to the Dakar at the beginning of next year.
The team plan to race round one of the FIM championship in #abudhabi before heading to Morocco for the Merzouga Rally two weeks later. A break over the summer then leads into the three South American rounds of the FIM championship held in Peru, Chile and Argentina. Many of these events share similar terrain to that used in the Dakar, giving riders crucial feedback ahead of the iconic race. In October the team return to Morocco for the Rally du Maroc, their final event of 2018.
Dakar Champion Matthias Walkner has enjoyed well-deserved time off following his impressive victory at the beginning of the year. Receiving huge media attention, especially at home in Austria, the 31-year-old is now fully focused on the season ahead and, ultimately, the defence of his Dakar crown.
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