The new season is upon us. With the Rally of Morocco just concluding and Dakar just around the corner, I have set out to see what I could learn about this years competitiors.
Word is that American Jonah Street has signed a deal to compete in this years edition of the Dakar on a Yamaha. His long time supporters, Rally Pan-AM have started selling shirts already, but there has still been no official word from Yamaha. You can get your own shirt at Rally Pan-AM
Regarding KTM, I made an inquiry as to the technical specs of the 2011 450 RR Rally Replica bike. So far KTM is officially mute about this bike. Apparently they are going to make the official presentation in November. What I have heard is that it is not based on the 450xcw motor, but is really a down sized LC4 690 motor.
Speedbrain BMW’s David Fretigne was injured in Morocco and I have not been able to find a status on him.
So for lack of new information, here is some great classic Cagiva rally bike stuff to look at. Starting with some great footage of Danny LaPorte in the 1994 Paris-Capetown rally