LAIA SANZ: “I’VE GROWN AS A RACER WITH HONDA”
Last week was a big one for Laia Sanz with news breaking that she’d signed a factory contract with KTM for both rally and enduro.
After turning a few laps on orange machinery, Sanz explains the reason behind the move…
“After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided to start a new stage and I’m thrilled about it. Sport is all there is behind my choice. I really like KTM project because I can run races and receive a good training with a reliable factory structure that gives me peace of mind.
“KTM’s good conditions offered for the World Enduro championship and being able to learn from champions such as Marc Coma and Iván Cervantes swayed the balance in their favour.
“For me, this environment will be of great help. I am happy and thankful for their confidence and I only wish to give them good results in return.”
“I have grown as a racer with Honda. I appreciate all the opportunities I had. I close this chapter of my career with great joy because I can shake hands with the people I used to work with.
“During the past weeks, Honda executives offered me good sports, technical and financial conditions to stay. I am aware of how valuable this is but I’d already made my mind.”
“I want to thank not only the brand but also the people at Honda who trusted and supported me, especially Johnny Campbell, Katsumi Yamazaki, Martino Bianchi, Hide Hanawa, Albert Cavero, Egidio Motta, Filippo Gioia, the Mecteam guys, HRC Japanese technicians and my partner Helder Rodrigues.”
The EWC GP of Spain, May 8-10 in Jerez, Spain, will be Laia Sanz’ first international competition with KTM.