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 

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.

Career summary

Season Series Class Team Wins Final placing
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


Season Location Class Team Final placing
1991 Czechoslovakia Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia World Trophy Italy 14th
1992 Australia Cessnock, Australia World Trophy Italy 1st
1993 Netherlands Assen, Netherlands World Trophy Italy 14th
1994 United States Tulsa, United States World Trophy Italy 1st
1996 Finland Hämeenlinna, Finland World Trophy Italy 2nd
1997 Italy Brescia, Italy World Trophy Italy 1st
1998 Australia Traralgon, Australia World Trophy Italy 4th
1999 Portugal Coimbra, Portugal World Trophy Italy 2nd
2000 Spain Granada, Spain World Trophy Italy 1st
2001 France Brive-la-Gaillarde, France World Trophy Italy 2nd
2003 Brazil Fortaleza, Brazil World Trophy Italy 2nd
2004 Poland Kielce, Poland World Trophy Italy 2nd