Matthias Walkner (KTM): “There is still a lot of fire” / Dakar Moto

Matthias Walkner (KTM): “There is still a lot of fire” / Dakar Moto


After his accident in the desert of Saudi Arabia, Red Bull KTM rally assistant Matthias Walkner does not want to talk about concrete plans for the future.

After his bad fall on a different slope on stage 13 and the last stage of this year’s Dakar Rally, Matthias Walkner has returned home to Kuchl near Salzburg since Monday. The 2018 Dakar winner and three-time world champion missed out on a third finish in his ninth appearance at the Dakar.

The 36-year-old from Salzburg has now recovered well, but the hours of worry due to the spinal injury have left their mark. So Walkner doesn’t want to deal with the future just yet. “It’s too early to talk about it now. First of all, I have to make sure that I’m recovering again, »explained Walkner to ORF Salzburg.

“But I already see that there is still a lot of motivation. The fire, the passion, it’s all inside me. On Monday I had time to look at social networks for the first time. Congratulations, get the best, the excitement of the people there, the encouragement, that’s just big.”

“Even for the video recordings. I’m so grateful and I’d miss it all.”

After crossing the finish line on Sunday, KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer explained in an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com that he would like to leave the driver line-up at Red Bull-KTM unchanged in 2024 in Dakar. So for two-time winners Toby Price and Kevin Benavides along with Matthias Walkner.

In the next few days, Walkner will get more attention on his back and his injured right wrist (with a broken bone) from various specialists.

Results Dakar Rally 2023
space driver (national) the team time/dif
1 Kevin Benavides (ARG) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 44:27:20
2 Toby Price (AUS) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing + 00:00:43
3 Skyler Howes (USA) Husqvarna Factory Racing + 00:05:04
4 Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) Monster Energy Honda Team + 00:19:02
5 Adrien Van Beveren (FRA) Monster Energy Honda Team + 00:20:30
6 Luciano Benavides (ARG) Husqvarna Factory Racing + 00:22:42
7 Daniel Sanders (AUS) Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing + 00:25:57
of the 8th Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (CHL) Monster Energy Honda Team + 00:51:21
9 Lorenzo Santolino (ESP) Sherco Factory + 01:17:53
10 Franco Caimi (ARG) Hero Motorsports Team Rally + 01:38:04
11 Martin Michek (CZE) Orion – Hot Racing Team + 01:42:24
12 Stefan Svitko (SVK) Slovnaft Rally Team + 01:50:42
13 Tosha Shareina (ESP) Bas’s KTM World Championship Team + 01:54:46
14 Romain Dumontier (FRA) Dumontier Team Championship + 02:04:24
15 Paolo Lucci (ITA) Bas’s KTM World Championship Team + 02:36:38
16 Michael Docherty (ZAF) Ht Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing + 03:21:07
17 Jeanloup Lepan (FRA) Nomad Racing + 03:37:11
18 Neels Theric (FRA) Concept of RS + 04:09:45
19 Julien Jagu (FRA) Drag’On Rally Team + 04:10:56
20 Sebastian Buehler (GER) Hero Motorsports Team Rally + 04:15:13
21 Mathieu Doveze (FRA) Nomad Racing + 04:18:21
22 Jacob Argubright (USA) Dust Rally Team + 04:21:56
23 Joan Pedrero Garcia (ESP) Team LS2 Shad + 04:29:11
24 Toni Mulec (SVN) Ht Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing + 05:20:29
25 Stefano Caimi (ARG) Bas’s KTM World Championship Team + 06:17:03
26 Ross Branch (BWA) Hero Motorsports Team Rally + 06:59:13
27 Emanuel Gyenes (ROU) Autonet Motorcycle Team + 07:53:35
28 Charan Moore (ZAF) Ht Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing + 07:57:22
29 Benjamin Melot (FRA) Esprit KTM Team + 07:58:15
30 Javi Vega (ESP) Pont Yamaha Group + 08:18:23
31 Jan Brabec (CZE) Strojrent Competition + 08:35:58
32 Jerome Martiny (BEL) Dumontier Team Championship + 08:58:00
33 Charlie Autumn (FRA) Team All Songs + 09:14:38
34 Mario Patrao (PRT) Credit Agricola – Mario Patrao Motosport + 09:28:04
35 Mohammed Balooshi (EXISTS) Mx Panda Dubai + 09:54:18
36 David Pabiska (CZE) Sp Moto Moto Bohemia Racing Team + 11:17:36
37 Patricio Cabrera (CHL) The Rieju team + 11:20:04
38 Nicolas Alberto Cardona Vagnoni (VEN) The Pedrega team + 11:57:04
39 Alexandre Giroud (FRA) Yamaha Racing – Smx – Drag’On + 12:17:10
40 Thomas Kongshoj (DNK) Joyride Racing Service + 12:34:37
41 Wesley Aaldering (NLD) Ht Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing + 12:48:20
42 David Gaits (FRA) Happyness Racing Igoa Moto + 12:51:09
43 Mathieu Troquier (FRA) Nomad Racing + 12:54:46
44 Bertrand Gavard (FRA) RS Team Concept + 12:55:23
45 Francisco Moreno Flores (ARG) Dragons + 13:00:21
46 Sunier Sunier (CHN) Kove Rally Team + 13:14:10
47 Lorenzo Maria Fanottoli (ITA) Technosport + 13:30:46
48 Pablo Copetti (USA) Del Amo Motorsports And Motul + 14:10:05
49 Miriam Pol (NLD) Ht Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing + 14:15:05
50 Simon Marcic (SVN) Marcic + 14:18:58
51 Makis Dewi Rees Stavros (GBR) Stavros + 14:46:43
52 Cedric Jacques (FRA) Concept of RS + 14:51:06
53 Juraj Varga (SVK) Varga Motorsport Team + 15:08:32
54 Tomas De Gavardo (CHL) Bas’s KTM World Championship Team + 15:16:16
55 Zakeer Yakefu (CHN) Wu Pu Da Hai Dao Rally Team + 15:26:22
56 Abdullah Al Shatti (KWT) Mx Panda Dubai + 16:11:00
57 Giovanni Enrico (CHL) Enrico Racing Team + 17:14:21
58 Francisco Arredondo (GTM) Bas’s KTM World Championship Team + 17:16:36
59 Petr Vlcek (USA) Detyens Tournament + 17:17:57
60 Michael Jacobi (FRA) Comas Fire Vt + 18:04:58
61 Stuart Gregory (ZAF) Stuart Gregory + 18:48:21
62 Pierre Peyrard (FRA) Nomad Racing Team + 19:01:37
63 Clement Razy (FRA) Razy Clement + 19:04:36
64 Cesare Zacchetti (ITA) The Lucky Explorer Team + 19:50:58
65 Sergio Vaquero (ESP) KTM Namura Bikes + 20:27:46
66 Toni Vingut (ESP) Visit Sant Antoni – Ibiza + 20:55:12
67 Deng Liansong (CHN) Kove Rally Team + 21:09:32
68 Zhao Hongyi (CHN) Wu Pu Da Hai Dao Rally Team + 21:31:51
69 Javier San Jose Yetor (ESP) The Pedrega team + 22:18:40
70 Ottavio Missoni (ITA) RS Hot Racing + 22:19:28
71 Kirsten Landman (ZAF) Asp Rope Access International + 23:09:48
72 Franco Picco (Italy) Amazing Rally Team + 23:40:12
73 Gareth Jones (CAN) Ht Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing + 24:34:24
74 Stevan Wilken (ZAF) Ht Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing + 24:57:30
75 Benjamin Lepelley (FRA) Dumontier Team Championship + 25:26:28
76 James Martyn Hillier (GBR) Rich Energy Omg Racing Ltd + 25:38:20
77 Fang Mingji (CHN) Kove Rally Team + 28:16:02
78 Iader Giraldi (ITA) Solari Competition + 30:15:08
79 Laisvydas Kancius (LTU) Story Contest SRO + 31:33:03
80 Kevin Durand (FRA) RS Hot Racing Team + 31:43:44
81 Diego Gamaliel Llanos (ARG) The Rieju Xrai Experience + 33:41:30
82 Rachid Al-Lal Lahadil (ESP) Melilla Sport Capital + 33:52:30
83 Fernando Dominguez (ESP) Diputacion de Cuenca + 36:43:26
84 Carlos Alejandro Verza (ARG) Verza Rally Team + 37:07:40
85 Morrison Hart (USA) American Rally Origins +41:17:55
86 Marcelo Medeiros (BRA) Taguatur Racing Team + 42:20:35
87 Alejandro Fantoni (ARG) Dragon +50:19:56
88 Zhang Min (CHN) Wu Pu Da Hai Dao Rally Team + 61:56:13
89 Eufrasio Anghileri (ITA) RS Hot Racing +76:59:34
90 Ruben Saldana Goñi (ESP) The Pedrega team + 155:33:53