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Official Kendall Norman/KTM Retraction
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Kendall Norman on his way to a win at 2011 Baja 1000
Ok, here it is: I was wrong about the Kendall Norman to KTM story. KTM officially states that they have never had a conversation with Kendall. My apologies to both Kendall and KTM. If either party feels that they have received undue injury and duress from my statements, each are invited to give me swift kick on the backside next time they see me. Perhaps at the upcoming Desert M/C National Hare & Hound.
So with that out of the way, other parts of that same story remain true. KTM intends to field a two bike team and expected riders are Caselli, Ramirez and Brown. They will ride a twin cam 450 based upon the Dakar rally motor. This motor has unique bottom end, cases, transmission and charging system. This is a carb motor, no EFI. The chassis will be that of the current 2012 450sX-f.
As I see it, this still leaves two huge questions. Who else is going to ride the bikes and why in the world would KTM not even, supposedly, consider hiring the only real Baja racer that might be free on the market right now? Depending on how you look at it, they still appear to be two riders short of a full squad; two for each bike and one reserve.
If I were to list out all the reasons why the two K’s would be a winning situation, you would get tired of reading before I got to the end. But let it suffice to say that experience is the key element here. I don’t even want to get into the KTM Baja track record, but it seems like experience is something they should be shopping for. But then again, I apparently I don’t know very much, so my opinions should probably be overlooked.
Based on the response to the story, this is a hot topic, really hot. So fire of your replies and tell me what you think. Again, if you weren’t paying attention, I was wrong and I am sorry for postulating such a great idea to begin with.