Sébastien Loeb with Romanian actress Mihaela Radulescu (above) and with the new KTM RC8 R and his Citroen rally car (below). The man is a seven-time WRC champ!!!
Seven-time World Rally Championship winner, French driver Sébastien Loeb, who currently drives for the Citroën World Rally Team in WRC, is also a big-time sportsbike enthusiast. The reigning WRC champ, who won his first WRC title in 2004 and who has won seven consecutive world championships since then, recently swapped his 2008-model KTM RC8 for a 2011-spec KTM 1190 RC8 R, fitted with Michelin tyres and an Akrapovic exhaust system. Loeb then proceeded to put in some fast laps at the Circuit de la Bresse, in France.
‘I was out on my RC8 here back in April 2009 and how it compares to the new model is really interesting. The way the power unfolds in the RC8 R is smoother. It has more power and at the same time, less vibration. The new bike is more agile, it’s lighter, and suits this very technical circuit much better,’ said Loeb, after putting in four laps on the RC8 R.
‘KTM is very pleased to have Sébastien Loeb in the Orange family. He is a real champion and role model and also a great inspiration. We’re very proud to be able to support him in his passion on two wheels,’ said Jerome Delziani, KTM’s marketing manager for Southern Europe.
If he’s happy with his new RC8 R, we wonder what Monsieur Loeb would think of the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC and BMW S1000RR!