Real Knight rider
IF you're looking for a true indicator on just how seriously the KTM team are taking this week's Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE), look no further than the man that they have recruited to help them claim the team title again.
All eyes are on British import David Knight to take KTM to the forefront of this renowned off-road enduro.
The reigning World Enduro Champion, Knight has joined the KTM Australia team to steer them to another victory in the A4DE.
"Having someone like 'Knighta' here for this as part of the KTM team, is awesome," KTM's off road team manager David Woodward said yesterday as the team prepared for today's start at Coramba Sportsground.
Knight has brought out a factory prepped KTM 450 EXC from Europe to ride in the event, so expect him to be well equipped for the challenge.
Another former world champion competing at the A4DE is Stefan Merriman, who's riding for the Aprilla team.
Many consider Merriman to be the only genuine threat to Knight winning the individual event.
When you throw in Jake Stapleton, Glenn Kearney and Josh Strang, who are all in top form and returning for the event, this weekend promises to see one of the best fields ever for the event.
Local riders who will be going head to head with the international heroes for the weekend include AJ Roberts, Jarrod Bewley, Chris Hollis, Ben Kearney and Blake Hore. All have been on fire so far this year and keen to take it to the big names.
The course has been set out in national parks, state forests and private property and the recent winter rain has left the trails in perfect condition.
The special tests will be a real challenge and excellent viewing for spectators can be had today and on Saturday at Ulong, where three tests can be seen from the town centre.
"It's an incredible spot to have an event like this and the track is awesome," Woodward added.
"If the weather stays a little bit overcast to maintain some dampness up in the bush, it will be awesome."
With more than 330 competitors, Coramba was awash with off-road bikes yesterday as teams put the finishing touches on their bikes and inspected the challenging trails and special tests that will be completed over the next four days.
Woodward said the large field was testament to how important the A4DE is on the off road calendar.
"It's the biggest genuine enduro event in the country," he said.
"There's other big races like the Finke, which we just did in Alice Springs, which is probably the biggest desert race but this the biggest genuine off-road team event."