Dubai: KTM Unveils UAE racing team for new season

Dubai: KTM Unveils UAE racing team for new season
KTM Rider line-up for the 2014-2015 season announced

KTM Rider line-up for the 2014-2015 season announced

Team led by leading UAE racer Mohammed Balooshi and rising global star Sam Sunderland

Dubai, 23 September 2014 – KTM, one of the world’s leading sport motorcycle manufacturers, announced its full return to the Middle East racing scene today by unveiling the KTM UAE Racing Team, which includes global and regional racing stars such as Mohammed Balooshi and Sam Sunderland.

The team, which consists of 19 riders from across the UAE and around the world, is set to compete in the 2014-2015 Emirates Desert Championship, Dubai Motocross Championship and GCC Motocross Championship, as well as the immensely challenging 2015 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. It will also make its track debut in the UAE Superbike Championship and an entry level street racing programme will be introduced as a further Middle East debut later this season.

In its quest to paint the podiums of the local racing arena orange, the KTM UAE team will be spearheaded by two-time Arab motocross champion and leading Emirati rider, Mohammed Balooshi, and rising international star Sam Sunderland. They will be joined by local, international and Dubai resident riders including Mohammed Jaffar, Abdullah al Shatti, Jake Shipton, Nicolas Kefford, Clinton Wyngard and Jordan Cabaud.

Mohammed Balooshi, a Red Bull athlete, arguably the country’s most successful Emirati motocross rider, started his career in 2002 before being named as the UAE’s best motocross rider just a year later at the Red Bull Super X event held in Abu Dhabi. Balooshi went on to twice claim the title of UAE Motocross Champion, and was victorious in the Arab Motocross Championships in both 2009 and 2010, before becoming the first Emirati to take on the world-famous Dakar Rally on a motorbike in 2012.

Mohammed Balooshi - The first Emirati rider to compete in the Dakar Rally

Mohammed Balooshi – The first Emirati rider to compete in the Dakar Rally

UAE-based motocross rider and Red Bull athlete, Sam Sunderland began riding at the age of 10; and is a KTM factory team rider. Alongside his engagement with the Red Bull KTM Factory Rally Team, Sam will compete in both local series for the KTM UAE Racing Team this season. At the age of 24, he remains one of the most promising riders in the international off-road racing scene, following his participation in recent Dakar Rally events as well as the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, a race that he missed out on winning in 2013, only on a minor technicality.

KTM factory team rider Sam Sunderland looking to build on last seasons success'

KTM factory team rider Sam Sunderland looking to build on last seasons success’

KTM UAE Racing Team rider, Mohammed Balooshi, commented: “It’s a great honour to be part of the new KTM-UAE Racing Team in what promises to be an exciting comeback season for everyone involved, and it is great to be back in KTM orange again! We undoubtedly have a very strong rider line-up across a number of disciplines, and I’m hoping to achieve some great results this season, that will build the foundation for future successes. Having other local riders as part of the team is fantastic, as it highlights the strength of Emirati racing and the talent pool that this country possesses, both now and for the years to come.”

Michael Winter, General Manager of KTM Middle East, said: “KTM has always had a long term affiliation in motorbike racing across the region, and the whole company is highly motivated and proud to be back competing in the shape of the KTM UAE Racing Team. We are delighted with the team that we have put together, and confident of a successful racing season, proving KTM’s ability to perform and compete on all levels.”

KTM is one of the world’s leading sport motorcycle manufacturers with a strong and long-lasting background in off-road racing, which makes the bikes “the weapon of choice”, especially on the challenging terrain here, in the Middle East. The Austrian brand has enjoyed unprecedented success around the world and boasts the current Dakar Rally bike champion as well as numerous world titleholders. KTM bikes also triumphed for a remarkable 13 consecutive years at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge from 2001 to 2013




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9 hrs ago


Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

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I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

Fantastic battle 👍

Awesome pictures!

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!


however Mac Marquez with his current performance does not have to be Marquez's best

Great performance by Pol & Scott at the end💪🏼..that was a cracker💥..

Very nice

Very nice

All these guys are big talents. Many riders like Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Antony West & many more are great riders and capable of winning championships ( capable ). People underestimate these guys by their bad results, but material is key in these classes, especially in the MotoGp class. Give them a solid ride and they'll blow your mind

Redding never got the ride he deserved.

2019, #93 is the winner..😋🏁

special suter chassis for marc and mysterious team 😉 after marc step up to motogp, this team directly disappear, nobody know where are they now.

Just shows how good Redding was but never really got the bike to really take it to them in Motogp.

Very cool video MotoGP. More like this one please!!!

Man, I miss Scott Redding in the padock "let's get it babi"

Muy buena carrera no apta para cardíacos 🤭🤭🤭

Luthi is moto2 governor.. 🤣🤣🤣

Forget just how good Redding could have been with a decent bike

now whrs redding? gone?

Nice to see maq battle for other place than 1st

Kaj mu je pa SCOTT REDDING naredil,šale in kape.😀

Bring back Redding

duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

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12 hrs ago


The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

#BritishGP 🇬🇧
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Good Day all.

Encore! Encore! Do it again!

Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

Saya Mie Halim moh top fan sama sama

I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

Ah, I could watch that Honda blow up all day every day...

Alex Groenewold finger cross 😅👍.. voor komend weekend

#MM93 Come Back STRONGER! 💪💪💪😎👍👍👍

Fast forward >>>> he is the world champion!!



And finaly , the boss MM93 won the title one more time

Nothing can stop him not even a broken bike ! Simply the king of MotoGP !

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14 hrs ago


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“As you can see, I’m a bit high mileage” - 😂 - Bob’s funny! What a lucky guy - I’d give my right arm to work for F1❗️

( •_•) ( >💎 oh! Preciosa insignia! /︶\

Must be an awesome feeling..I certainly Would love to work with f1 even if it was to clean a window.

Nice. Long time lots of great words over the years

Awesome to get behind the scenes!

I love the voice of that guy

Cheers to the great Bob!!!

Amazing. I remember this voice. Thanks.

More than 660 wow ! I mean that’s amazingly nice, being with the next generation sharing your experience & catching something new from them it’s a nice way. Good going Bob keep it up & don’t forget to change the baton when you still can... 👍

It’s nice to now be able to put a name/face to the voice. Keep up the good work Bob. 🎤 🔈

Bobs Brilliant we love Bob in our house 👍🏻

Love these little insights into the F1 community 👍

Amazing with the “carmen opera” music

Awesome to put the face to the voice.

Hey I’m a top fan again, but it is really cool to put a face to the voice. I never really thought about it till I saw this

Big respect for Bob cheers 🍾🍾

I now have proof of what he does when he goes away. He is my legend

I should celebrate with champagne too after being promoted to top fan for god knows what reason 😂

Finally we get to see the man! 🙌🏻

I always wondered who did the podium announcements and if it was done locally or in England. 👍

Thanks for the Top Fan position!

Never seen the man behind the legendary announcements !

Wait, what if he is the meow guy! 😆

Always wondered who did the podium announcements and now we can put a face to the voice

660 races and counting .....give Bob some champaaaaaaaagne!! 🍾🍾

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