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Old 09-01-2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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Hans Trunkenpolz has died. RIP.

01.09.2009
KTM mourns the passing of Hans Trunkenpolz
The news of the completely unexpected death of Hans Trunkenpolz has been received by KTM with dismay and sadness.

The 65-year old died on Sunday following a heart attack suffered during a half marathon in Altötting, Bavaria. Hans Trunkenpolz retired in December 2008 following a professional life dedicated to motor sport and to KTM. The son of the company founder was himself a successful motor sports enthusiast as well as having discovered and nurtured motocross champion Heinz Kinigadner.

He led KTM to eight successive victories in the Dakar Rally, which transformed KTM into the dominant brand in rally sport. Even after he left the company, as well as remaining closely connected to the brand and with motor sport, he was a passionate and well trained runner who was known for his competitiveness and sporting ambition.

KTM above all mourns the loss of a wonderful human being. Our sympathy goes to the family of the unforgettable”Trupo“.

Hans Trunkenpolz





From: http://www.ktmpress.com/news.100051....ash=f1247209eb




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Old 09-01-2009, 06:33 AM   #2
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:53 AM   #3
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:37 AM   #4
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:54 AM   #5
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Thank you Hans for your part in building such great bikes, sponsoring racers worldwide and promoting the greatest sport in the world.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:54 AM   #6
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:52 PM   #7
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:42 AM   #8
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Rest in Peace "Trupo". Thank you for everything you did to help out the Americans in Dakar. It was a great blessing in my life to have shared the desert with you!
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:45 PM   #9
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sad for this loss, but happy that he was here with us and built all those magnificint machines.

RIP Trupo.
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:22 AM   #10
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Vale; Hans Trunkenpolz

May his legacy live on, in the motorcycle brand that he helped build and forge a reputation for; for many years to come...
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:46 AM   #11
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Sad news..

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Old 09-05-2009, 02:45 PM   #12
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:07 AM   #13
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:50 PM   #14
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:12 PM   #15
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Rest in Peach Hans...

This is a shock, and very sad news!

I cound myself lucky to spend some time with Hans in Baja. A great guy and friendly personality.

The funniest thing he said to us one night at dinner in Ensenada, "Do you think KTM should make a 690 Adventure that looks like the Rallye bike?"

Rest n Peace!

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