Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez KTM VideoAhead of the 2013 Dakar Rally, Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez would sign as a privateer to pilot a KTM 450 Rally.
With support from Tamarugal XC Rally Team, Lopez would put in a dominating performance, winning five stages in 2013 Dakar, and finishing third overall behind factory KTM riders Ruben Faria (second) and Cyril Despres.This March, KTM signed Lopez to the Red Bull KTM Factory Team, and he will ride for the “Ready to Race” team at the upcoming 2014 Dakar Rally.While practicing for the Dakar, Red Bull filmed Lopez as the Chilean stunted his KTM 450 Rally through a South American desert.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!