Originally Posted by troy safari carpente
Neither Despres or Coma's careers would have gone anywhere (in Rally Raid circles anyway) without the integral mentorship, sponsorhip and team structure of the KTM rally effort over the last 10 years... They were both brought early in as waterboys, and groomed to be champions... thanks in no small measure to people like messrs Kinigadner, Trunkenpolz, Arcarons and later the long term continued corporate support of Pierer and Mateschitz (at the KTM/RedBull level).
I agree fully. All I meant is that it wasn't completely one sided. When it came down to the nitty gritty of pinning the throttle hour after hour while navigating through the desert at risk to life and limb, KTM have had very good return on their investment in these two men.