MOTOCROSSTIME - NEWS FROM KTM
A hugely positive partnership that spanned more than 16 seasons, Gio spent his entire professional racing career competing for KTM. During that time he won numerous world titles while helping to progress the Austrian brand to where it is now – at the very top of the offroad world stage.
KTM would like to wish Gio all the best with his future endeavours.
Pit Bierer – KTM Motorsport Director: “Giovanni Sala is a true enduro legend and a rider KTM are honoured to have worked with. Spending his entire enduro and rally career on KTM machinery is something very special – it highlights the exceptional relationship KTM had with him. In his own way Gio wrote a chapter in KTM’s sporting history, and for that we are truly thankful. During his time as a KTM factory rider his fun-loving personality, dedication to his sport and unquestionable professionalism combined to make him the hugely well-liked and successful rider he became. Few riders have enjoyed such a strong bond with their fans as Gio did with his. We wish Gio all the very best for the future.”
Giovanni Sala (born 23 November 1963) is an Italian enduro rider and a six-time World Enduro Champion (including the overall world championship title in 1998). He is also a four-time winner of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) World Trophy with Team Italy (in 1992, 1994, 1997 and 2000), and was the fastest overall in the competition in 1992, 1996 and 1997.
Sala competed his whole world championship career with KTM. He won his first title in the 500 cc class in 1993, and went on to take the 250 cc two-stroke titles in 1994, 1995 and 1998. In 1999, he won his final WEC title in the 400 cc world championship. Sala retired from the World Enduro Championship after the 2004 season, but has continued competing in the Italian Enduro Championship, where he has won several titles, and in the motorcycle class of the Dakar Rally. At the 2006 Dakar, Sala finished third.
|1991||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||KTM||2||3rd|
|1992||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||KTM||7||2nd|
|1993||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||KTM||9||1st|
|1994||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||KTM||7||1st|
|1995||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||KTM||7||1st|
|1996||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||KTM||4||2nd|
|1997||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||KTM||3||2nd|
|1998||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||KTM||5||1st|
|1999||World Enduro Championship||400 cc||KTM||6||1st|
|2000||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||KTM||0||4th|
|2001||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||KTM||0||5th|
|2002||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||KTM||0||4th|
|2003||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||KTM||2||2nd|
|2004||World Enduro Championship||E2||KTM||0||8th|
|1991||Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia||World Trophy||Italy||14th|
|1992||Cessnock, Australia||World Trophy||Italy||1st|
|1993||Assen, Netherlands||World Trophy||Italy||14th|
|1994||Tulsa, United States||World Trophy||Italy||1st|
|1996||Hämeenlinna, Finland||World Trophy||Italy||2nd|
|1997||Brescia, Italy||World Trophy||Italy||1st|
|1998||Traralgon, Australia||World Trophy||Italy||4th|
|1999||Coimbra, Portugal||World Trophy||Italy||2nd|
|2000||Granada, Spain||World Trophy||Italy||1st|
|2001||Brive-la-Gaillarde, France||World Trophy||Italy||2nd|
|2003||Fortaleza, Brazil||World Trophy||Italy||2nd|
|2004||Kielce, Poland||World Trophy||Italy||2nd|