KTM mourns company icon

Son of company’s founder led winning rally program

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Sep. 01, 2009
Hans Trunkenpolz, KTM’s former rally racing manager, and son of the company’s founder, died Aug. 30.

A trained runner, Trunkenpolz died from a heart attack suffered while competing in a half marathon in Altotting, Germany. He was 65.

The son of KTM’s founder, also named Hans, Trunkenpolz led KTM to eight consecutive Dakar Rally victories before retiring in Dec. 2008. The rally team’s success at Dakar helped build KTM’s reputation into a top rally sport brand.

Hans Trunkenpolz, 65, suffered a heart attack during a half marathon.A lifelong motor sports enthusiast, Trunkenpolz is credited for discovering and nurturing two-time 250cc Motocross World Champion Heinz Kinigadner.

“The news of the completely unexpected death of Hans Trunkenpolz has been received by KTM with dismay and sadness,” KTM says in a statement. “KTM above all mourns the loss of a wonderful human being. Our sympathy goes to the family of the unforgettable ‘Trupo’.”