2019 KTM Ultimate Race Video Highlights
2019 KTM Ultimate Race Final Results
American Myers wins, North America sweeps podium.
The 2019 KTM Ultimate Race finished it’s five-stage torture test of the new KTM 790 Adventure R today with a challenging 50km special through technical and tricky Moroccan dunes and American Scott Myers, the perennial front-runner in the inaugural event, held on for the win.
The 2019 KTM Ultimate Race is an invite-only experience for regional winners of KTM Ultimate Race qualifiers held around the world. For his victory, Scott Myers will receive a brand new KTM 790 Adventure R.
Despite a big crash 15km from the finish, Myers managed to cross the finish line second-fastest on the day, and with enough time advantage overall to win the event by nearly an hour on adjusted time. New Zealand rider Archer got back to his speedy ways today and won the stage over Myers by over four minutes.
Canadian Radek Burkat started the final stage in second place and finished seventh at the finish 30 minutes behind Archer. His efforts were good enough to secure him second place overall.
American Jordan Huibregtse started the final stage in third place and finished the mass-start stage right behind Burkat in eight. His overall performance in Morocco, despite some challenging days, was good enough to secure him third place overall–completing a North American sweep of the international podium for coach Quinn Cody of KTM North America’s U.S.-Based Research and Development team.
Cody reported from the finish that the mass-start stage today was “super challenging that was hard on everyone.” He added, “It was pretty awesome seeing 790’s eat up 450 Rally Bikes in the dunes!”
As KTM Ultimate Race competitors were riding stock KTM 790 Adventure R machines, on essentially the same course as regular rally competitors competing in the Merzouga Rally, the mix of 450-class rally bikes and KTM’s new 790 on the same stages was impressive from the Cody’s perspective.
2019 KTM Ultimate Race Stage 4 Update
The 2019 KTM Ultimate Race saw quite the shakeup as today’s stage 4 concluded and the results sifted through the Moroccan sand.
Stage 4 was the second half of a two-day marathon where riders are on their own overnight to repair and prep bikes, and all KTM Ultimate Race riders escaped that challenge with little or no drama according to our source in the bivouac. There were a few crashes and some fixes to be had, but all-in-all there was good teamwork and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves despite the significant challenge of racing stock adventure bikes on a rally course in crazy soft sand littered with rock bombs.
Yesterday’s big winners were today’s big losers as the New Zealand duo of Archer and Kent were cut down in the dunes by a tough day and a confusing end that saw them miss the actual finish of the stage, resulting in a 12 hour penalty at the end of today’s stage. This clearly takes them out of contention along with two other riders who suffered the same fate and one rider who did not start the day’s race.
As for the winners of the day, the first honor goes to South African Greg Hodgskin. He had a great Stage 4, clearing the field by 2:30.
Second on the day was overall leader Scott Myers from the U.S.A. with Canadian Radek Burkat in third around 14:44 behind the leader.
American Jordan Huibregtse rebounded from Stage 3’s struggles and finished in fourth today about two minutes behind Burkat at 16:33 off the leader’s pace.
Germany’s Sebastian Blum rounded out the top five on the stage, 32:33 back from the leader.
Today’s results have settled the top three overall standings with Myers in control of a 33:37 cushion over Burkat in second. Huibregtse is in third, 42:53 behind Myers.
KTM Ultimate Race 2019 Stage 3 Update
KTM Ultimate Race competitors entered the third stage of the Merzouga Rally today with Americans Scott Myers and Jordan Huibregtse leading the charge in first and second place. But the speed of the Kiwis, the sands of Morocco, and the always mysterious rally penalties coming in hotter than a plate of French Toast, have shaken up the results. So, where are we after the first day of a marathon stage overnighter?
American Myers Still Leads The Charge at KTM Ultimate Race
American Scott Myers is still in the lead after taking the day’s win and holding off a hard-charging Kiwi by only 26 seconds! The New Zealand rider’s name is either Kevin Wilson Archer or Wilson Kevin Archer depending on how you read the race results from across the world and he was absolutely charging today. American Huibregtse struggled in the sand with speed today dropping over 22 minutes off the leader pace. Radek Burkat, the Canadian beast, is being incredibly consistent with another third place finish on the day.
Canadian Radek Burkat Shows Consistency is Key
Overall, the results have Myers in first with Burkat moving into second place 21:23 behind the American. If Myers rides mistake free to the finish, he should be in a good position to take the keep his leadership position. But count on Burkat to be there to take advantage of any mistakes. Kiwi rider Archer moves into third, 24:39 back from the lead, and is in striking distance as well. The race for second is really tight with only a few minutes separating Burkat and Archer.
Challenging day for American Huibregtse
After a challenging day, Huibregtse moves to fourth overall, 28:50 down. Fifth place is another Kiwi, Michael Elliot Kent or Elliot Michael Kent, we’re not sure which. He’s only 30:52 off the pace of Myers. So, from second to fifth we have a gap of about 8:30–which can go by in in an instant if you have an issue in the soft sand of Moroccan dunes. We could easily see a podium shakeup before the race is over.
KTM Ultimate Race Course is the Real Deal
Our embedded reporter in the bivouac, and American Coach Quinn Cody has told us that the race course the KTM Ultimate Race competitors are racing is, essentially, the entire Merzouga Rally course. But they’re doing it on stock Adventure motorcycles and the rally racers are on 450 rally bikes.
Also, this is a marathon stage with all riders currently in the marathon bivouac away from the rock-and-roll lifestyle of factory mechanics and world-class coaches they’ve grown accustomed to. So, they are left to their own devices to repair any of today’s damage and come out swinging for stage four!
KTM Ultimate Race Stage 3 Results
KTM Ultimate Race Stage 3 Overall Standings
KTM Ultimate Race Update – Through Stage 2
KTM Ultimate Race competitors took off along the course of the 2019 Merzouga Rally in Morocco this week and after the Prologue and two stages, Americans Scott Myers and Jordan Huibregtse lead the way of the tight competition.
Scott Myers Leads The Way In KTM Ultimate Race Competition 2019
Myers and Huibregtse earned their way into the KTM Ultimate Race—where the winner will receive a new KTM 790 Adventure R—by winning the KTM Ultimate Race Qualifier at the KTM Adventure Rider Rally held in Park City, Utah last summer.
The duo is currently leading on-course for the two-day marathon stage, which will test their independence as only they and fellow competitors are allowed to work on the bikes overnight between stages three and four. Myers holds a 6:05 advantage over Huibregtse going into the first half of the marathon stage.
Canadian Radek Burkat currently sits in third position only 7:30 back from the lead.
American Huibregtse Is Haulin’ Too In KTM Ultimate Race 2019
The American riders started off strong with Myers taking the lead on the short Prologue stage to start the rally. Huibregtse came in seventh on the prologue. Myers kept the overall lead after Stage 1 with a 3:02 advantage over second. Huibregtse improved on his first and finished Stage 1 sitting in fourth overall. Yesterday during Stage 2 the Americans aligned in the top two spots overall.
With the marathon stage currently underway, a lot can happen in the overall results. The simplest of mechanical issues can spell disaster for competitors. More updates to come from this exciting competition inside the Merzouga Rally!
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