News 18 Oct 2021

Milner departing KTM in favour of EnduroGP opportunity

Multiple Australian champion confirmed to be heading overseas in 2022.

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KTM has confirmed that Daniel Milner will depart the group following five years together, the multiple national champion to head overseas for 2022.

While Milner’s future has yet to be revealed, it’s understood that the 30-year-old will contest the EnduroGP World Championship next season.

“The five years that I’ve been with KTM have been the most memorable of my career,” Milner said. “We’ve won nearly every race entered and have been very successful together.

“To be able to win as many titles that we have and also to win the ISDE – one of my biggest dreams since starting off-road – has been a really special part of my career. We achieved a lot with the KTM Group and I’m really thankful for those times as part of the team, with so many great people involved along the way.”

In 2017 when Milner initially joined KTM, it was an instant success. On-board a KTM 450 EXC-F, he went on to dominate the Australian Off-Road Championship in the E2 class and outright, becoming the first person to clean-sweep the series. Also during that first year with KTM, he rode a 500 EXC-F to victory in the Hattah Desert Race on debut.

Milner backed up this success in 2018 after stepping up to the 500 EXC-F full-time, again winning the AORC outright title, along with the E3 championship this time around. He captured the Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) outright and took individual honours at the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Chile, in addition to winning the World Trophy with Team Australia.

Further victories followed for the KTM and Milner combination, claiming the 2019 AORC E2 championship after entering both KTM 350 EXC-F and 450 EXC-F machinery at times that season, also storming to victory in the Hattah Desert Race once again riding a 500 EXC-F.

In the shortened 2020 season, Milner won the AORC title outright and another E2 championship equipped with the 450 EXC-F. Bringing the successful relationship to a close in 2021, he once again stood atop the podium at Hattah, as well as claimed both E3 and outright AORC round wins at Golden Beach on a 500 EXC-F prior to the series cancellation.

Kyle Blunden, KTM Group Australia and New Zealand motorsport manager added: “Daniel has done a fantastic job during the five years that he’s been with the KTM Racing Team and he has been a pleasure to work with.

“Achieving unparalleled success, both locally and internationally, during his time with KTM, Daniel has showcased almost our entire EXC-F range at the front of the field, regardless of where he was competing.

“We thank him for his incredible effort and unrelenting drive towards success and wish him and his family well as they set their sights on the next chapter in his career.”