Following the decision for the deployment of 450cc motorcycles, which are unthinkably unsuitable for use in long-distance rallies, KTM can no longer economically justify a commitment to be engaged in the Dakar in the future. KTM Motorsport Director Winfried Kerschhaggl remarked, "Rally sport serves to prove the efficiency and stability of the KTM large volume series single cylinder. There is no question that we will remain active in rally sport. Having said that, for KTM, the rally in South America is now history. We will now concentrate on the Rally World Championship and we will seek out alternatives. Maybe we will soon again see full KTM Rally engagement on African soil - back to its roots."