Erzbergrodeo 2007 - Motorcycle Offroad Event - Dirt Rider Magazine

Press Release****ERZBERGRODEO XIII.
June 7th - 10th, 2007
Press/Media Information 2.07 (April 16th))Record attendance for the Erzbergrodeo 2007
More than 1200 drivers out of 19 nations from 4 continents have applied for the Erzbergrodeo until the end of March 2007 - a new record for the world's biggest motorcycle offroad event! The starting grid of the Erzbergrodeo (which is limited to 1300 starting positions) shines in its thirteenth run with unrivaled internationality. Enduro riders from all over Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa face up with the challenge Erzbergrodeo once again.KTM at the Erzbergrodeo
The Erzbergrodeo paddock will certainly take proper interest in this news from Mattinghofen: until now we don't know if the winner of the previous years, David Knight (UK) will show up at the start of the Erzbergrodeo 2007. Knight, who showcases his exceptional talent at the American GNCC-series during the 2007 season, secured victory in both in the 2-cylinder kings class on board the new KTM 950 Super Enduro R and the Red Bull Hare Scramble last year.The issue , who will take over from Knight and win the notorious Red Bull Hare Scramble, will certainly steer the conversation in the groups of regulars of the international Enduroscene.KTM is providing a whole armada of famous champions to start at the Erzbergrodeo 2007 and apart from international topstars and Erzbergrodeo regulars like Cyril Despres (F), Giovanni Sala (I) or Darryl Curtis (RSA), the Finnish KTM superstar Juha Salminen will return to Europe and to the Erzberg after two extremely successful seasons racing the GNCC series in the USA. Salminen will be joined by his fellow KTM-teammate and reigning E2 Enduro World Champion Samuli Aro from Finland, who will make his first appearance at the "Iron Giant" in the heart of Austria.Amongst all the international top stars there is also an Austrian rider to be named as one of the main favourites: four time European Enduro Champion Werner Mller has already secured a handful of top-ten finishes at the notorious Erzbergrodeo during the last years, but is still lacking a victory at the Red Bull Hare Scramble. Mller also plans to pilote the 2-cylinder KTM 950 Super Enduro in the Prologue races at Erzberg 2007, so the Austrian fans can be sure to see their local favourite at insane speeds.BMW at the Erzbergrodeo 2007
After the impressive presentation of the BMW HP2 at the Erzbergrodeo 2005, the Erzberg offers again the scenery for another offroad-milestone from Bavaria. Apart from the 2-cylinder HP2 BMW will also use their all new 650 X Challenge at the Erzbergrodeo and attack the "Iron Mountain" on a single-cylinder weapon for the first time.Similar to 2005 and 2006, BMW team riders Chris Pfeiffer (GER) - stunt riding World Champion and 4-times winner of the Erzbergrodeo - and Simo Kirssi (FIN) will hold up the blue-and-white Bavarian flags at this year's Erzbergrodeo.NEW: The Erzbergrodeo Prologue starts right out of the Erzberg Arena
Another novelty at the Erzbergrodeo 2007 is the transfer of the Prologue starting area into the Erzberg Arena. The Erzberg Arena is the undisputed centre of all actions at the event, featuring the main festival tent as well as the Rodeo-Night clubbing location, race office, VIP-area, press & communication area, the Freestyle MX-area and a lot of vendors who display the latest offroad accessories.Race promotor Karl Katoch could finally put his long-time cherished plan into action - by means of a specially constructed bridge over the approach to the Lake Erzberg the start of the Prologue races takes place close to the festival tent and all the other attractions of the Erzberg Arena- a remarkable advantage for the spectators.