Tragedy has struck the KTM Factory Racing Team with the news that promising MX2 rider, Rene Hofer, was killed while skiing in Austria.
Shortly after midday on December 4th 2021, during an alpine skiing trip with 10 friends, the 19-year-old Austrian and seven others in his group was caught by an avalanche. Rene and two of his friends did not survive the incident.
Rene Hofer, a multi-time junior champion and GP winner with a bright future in Grand Prix ahead of him.
Hofer joined the KTM Factory Racing Team in 2020 with a two-year contract. The KTM family say he will be remembered not only for his talent on the track, but also for his approachable, fun-loving and friendly personality, along with his ever-present smile.