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Australasian Safari: Rally-Champ Alister McRae to start with KTM motobike.




International rally champion Alister McRae has signed a deal with KTM, seeing the rally driver compete in his first competition for quite some time on two wheels instead of four.

McRae competed in the World Rally Championship, he is the son of the five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae and the younger brother of Colin McRae, who died in 2007.

McRae is eager to start familiarising himself with the KTM 500 EXC motorbike in preparation for September, when he enters the MOTO category of Asia Pacific’s toughest off-road race, the "Australasian Safari".

"After 20 years of professional driving, I am really excited and slightly nervous to be riding a KTM in this year’s Australasian Safari,” said McRae. "Jeff and the team at KTM have provided a KTM 500 EXC, which is now being prepared so I can get some training miles under my belt before Safari."

Jeff Leisk, General Manager of KTM Australia said that he is pleased to have McRae on board for this year’s Safari.

"The combination of Alister, who has many rally championship wins under his belt, and a bike well suited to the tough terrain of Safari like the KTM 500 EXC, will make them a force in the Moto-category.”

Whilst known for competing behind the wheel of vehicles from manufacturers such as Mitsubishi and Hyundai, it was actually on bikes that a young McRae got a taste for motorsport.

“Many people don’t know this but my first foray into motorsport was at age twelve in motorcycle trials and motorcross; bikes have changed a bit since then,” said McRae.

The Australasian Safari will commence with a Ceremonial Start on Friday 20 September. Competitors will cross the finish line after seven tough days in the Western Australian outback on Friday 27 September.

2013/04/19 | 18:37 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/PITTAWAY











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