It was a storybook weekend for the #394 ride of Eric Gulbransen as he became the first man in history to race a KTM 990 Super Duke in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class.
Following the announcement of the approval of the KTM 990 Super Duke motorcycle to serve as the 11th different motorcycle eligible to compete in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class, Gulbransen showed up "Ready to Race" at the Laguna Seca MotoGP.
The traditional orange livery of KTM says it all. It isn’t a posh Hermès orange or a trendy mid-century citrus. Rather, it is a shade that recalls highway workers clad in DOT-approved reflective garb. The color is all function with a dismissive nod to form, which is fitting, as the Austrian manufacturer has spent the last 73 years building durable off-road bikes better suited to pavement-free adventures than aggressive urban jaunts.