about matthias

Matthias Walkner was born in 1986 in Kuchl in the province of Salzburg. As a teenager, he aspires to a career as a ski racer. However, at the age of 14, he swaps his skis for his first motocross. Only 3 weeks later Matthias wins his first podium at the Carinthia-Cup. In 2012, he becomes the first Austrian to win the world champion title in the MX3 class and in the following year he achieves the vice world champion title.
In 2015 Matthias finally transfers to the rally sport on the recommendation of Austria motocross legend Heinz Kinigadner and stunningly wins his first ever rally: the Hellas Rally in Greece. In 2016, Matthias secures the Rally Raid World Championship title and signs a 3-year contract with the KTM factory team. His participations in the renowned Rally Dakar Dakar end early with food poisoning (2015) and a femur fracture (2016). In his comeback year of 2017, Matthias earns his first Dakar trophy with a second-place finish. Finally, in 2018 he achieves what no Austrian ever before has managed: Matthias wins the Rally Dakar title in the motocross ranking.

milestones
2012

MX3 World Champion

The MX3 World Championship title is the highlight of his career so far. For Matthias, the title of MX3 World Champion is almost comparable to his Dakar title. The entrepreneur Wolfgang Hillinger, his supporter and good friend, backs Matthias for 5 years and continues to do so.

2018

Rally Dakar Champion

The key day is the tenth stage. Matthias makes the right choice in navigation on the decisive note and secures a lead of 45 minutes. He maintains his lead the finish and on January 20th, 2018 he makes Austrian sports history: Matthias wins the 40th edition of the most legendary and certainly toughest rally in the world.

2017

2nd place Rally Dakar

Without any expectations, Matthias makes his comeback. After 14 exhausting stages he is grateful to receive the Bedouin on the podium for the second place in Buenos Aires. A very emotional moment.

2016

heavy fall at Rally Dakar

His second appearance at the Rally Dakar ends abruptly. A heavy crash on the seventh stage forces him to give up. After a femur fracture he receives life-saving surgery still in Bolivia and enters long months of rehabilitation at the Red Bull Training- and Diagnostic Center.

2015

World Rally Champion

Already in his first year competing at the World Rally Championship, Matthias crowned his second World Champion title. Unexpectedly and very surprisingly, he wins the overall ranking of the FIM Rallye Raid Series. At his first Dakar appearance, food poisoning forces him to give up. A victory of the third stage, however, confirms his great potential.

blog

2nd Place Rally Dakar 2019

What a tough Rally Dakar 2019 I am really glad that this fight is over now … In the morning of the last stage, I already knew that the stage is was extremely dangerous. With long hard to see edges and valleys. We mostly rode with about 100km/h average. Nonetheless, I’ve been pushing hard, but

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Irgendwie ist heute alles etwas leichter gegangen 😂😅 Es wird von Tag zu Tag besser...

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The #rehabilitation felt a little bit easier and „lighter“ today 😂🤔 Everything goes...
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.... Wahnsinn!!!

Jetzt wo es schon über 1 Jahr her ist hab...

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When the curve is more tight than you think....🤷🏻‍♂️😬#Dakar #2018 <a...
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