KTM-UAE team wins first world rally title for the UAE

Tim Trenker makes rallying history in Egypt

Dubai, October 9th, 2010: UAE biker Tim Trenker has won the 2010 World Championship Open Production Trophy after finishing 2nd in his class and 5th overall in the Pharaons Rally of Egypt, the final round of the 2010 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. Trenker, who rides for the ADCB-sponsored KTM-UAE team, becomes the Emirates’ first ever world rally bike champion.

With a total of 88 points, Trenker finished 38 points ahead of his nearest challenger in the Open Production Class, Jacek Czachor from Poland. The result also meant that Trenker ended in 4th place overall in the overall Open World Championship.

Claiming the title in Egypt marked the conclusion of a hugely successful campaign for the Dubai resident, which started with a second place in class in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in March and was followed by equally impressive podium finishes in Tunisia and Sardinia.

“This result shows to the world that the UAE has the strength to compete at the highest levels of world rallying,” said Trenker, who is also managing partner of KTM-UAE.

“Winning this world title is a reward for the efforts of everyone involved with the KTM-UAE team. And for me, clinching the title in Egypt is particularly sweet, as this was where my rallying career started in 1993.”

The 2010 edition of the Pharaons international cross country rally was the most competitive yet, with a record number of entrants contributing to make it the largest rally outside of the world-famous Dakar rally. Starting in front of the Pyramids of Giza, the rally lasted six days and covered over 2,500km, traversing sand dunes, rocky terrain and big mountains depressions, before finishing at El Alamein on the beautiful Mediterranean coast.

Riding a KTM 690 Rally bike, Trenker went into the rally in first place, up against 35 of the world’s best racers in the Open Production Class. But it wasn’t all smooth riding, as the German sought to claim one of the most prestigious titles in world rally biking. On day three, he flipped his bike on a sandy section, breaking the seat, while on another stage he stopped to assist a seriously injured fellow rider.

Throughout the campaign, the KTM-UAE team has been closely supported by its major partners: Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, GAC and Al Shafar Group.

“Quite simply, without the support of these partners, we would not be bringing the world title back to the UAE,” said Trenker. “At every turn, they have been there to provide us with the assistance that is needed to compete on the world stage.”

There was equally good news for the legendary Marc Coma. Riding for the KTM Factory team, which was providing on-the-ground assistance in Egypt to the KTM-UAE team, Coma clinched the overall world title for the 4th time, by finishing first.

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