24. September 2012
At the last round in Germany, Austrian KTM rider Matthias Walkner, who uses an Akrapovič exhaust system, placed second and third, thus winning the title of world’s best motocross rider in the MX3 class.
The champions in the MX1 and MX2 classes, Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings, were already decided in the previous race at Faenza, Italy, but the title of the best rider in the MX3 was still up in the air until the very last round. Placing second and third, Matthias Walkner (Hillinger KTM MX-Racing) won the title with a triumph for both the Orange team and the producer of the best exhaust systems for Austrian sports motorcycles.
The twenty-five-year-old Austrian commented after the race: “It was clear to me that a good result at the end of the season was possible when everything went well, even though I didn’t think about the world championship title when the season began. It was a dream, unbelievable!”
This is the first Austrian title after the 1984 and 1985 seasons, when Heinz Kinigadner was racking up victories on his KTM. Matthias, congratulations from your exhaust producer!
Unfortunately, Klemen Gerčar, who had also been one of the title contenders before the German Grand Prix, had some back luck and only placed thirteenth and twenty-fifth, ending in fourth place overall. Matevž Irt (another Slovenian rider using an Akrapovič exhaust) finished the 2012 season in the MX3 class in sixth place.
Photo: Matevž Hribar