Tim Farr - Factory KTM ATV Racer / FRE Race
Farr has become somewhat of a legend in his
own time. Thriving on variety and change, Tim
has had huge success as an ATV racer in many
different types of racing, and has the championship
trophies to prove it. After winning 13 ATV Pro
National championships, Tim decided to take
on yet another new challenge working with KTM
as their team manager and being heavily involved
in the R&D of their new XC and SX race ATV’s.
though Tim Farr has stepped back a bit from
racing himself, he still likes to indulge
in new challenges. Tim recently set a new
record for ATVs at the coveted Erzberg Iron
Road Prologue where he finishing 60 places
higher than any other ATV rider through out
the history of the event. In addition, after
a 10-year absence, Tim Farr and the FRE KTM
race team just returned from Pont de Vaux,
where they made an incredible charge to second
place after being several laps down, and more
recently Adam McGill & Taylor Kiser have
been on the GNCC Podium.Recently we had the
opportunity to talk candidly with Tim Farr
about about Pont de Vaux, the team, and his
position with KTM.
Were you excited about going back to Pont
de Vaux for the first time in 10 years?
I was excited but I knew it would
be tough. I also knew it would be fun and
it was very exciting being there for the first
time with KTM and doing our best to be competitive.
I was confident that we could make the podium
as long as we didn’t have too many troubles.
How did everything go for the team at Pont
Everything went really well. We
had a really good shot at winning, but we
ended up with second. We were really fast,
but we had a few technical issues. We had
one issue with an oil cooler cracking on us.
That brought us into the pits, and that’s
where we lost it. We were leading and pulling
away, but that brought us to stop. Once we
got the repairs done we had to make up laps
and had to battle back up.
Farr's FRE KTM Race Team (Tim Farr,
Adam Mcgill, Taylor Kiser) finished
2nd in the 2008 Maxxis 12 Hour Ponte
de Vaux ATV Endurance Race
The team took second overall, do you think
if you wouldn’t have had to make that
extended pit stop with the oil leak that you
could have taken the win?
For sure. The time we had to spend
in the pits really put us back.
You did amazingly well at Erzberg, and now
again at Pont de Vaux. It must feel pretty
good to go to a different country and not
only compete, but do so well against some
of the best riders in the world.
in May 2008, KTM's Tim Farr finished
2nd overall at the Iron Road Prologue
in Austria, which was the best finish
ever for an ATV
For sure! It’s really cool
because I’ve done so many different
types of racing and been doing it for so long
and the things I get to do with KTM are new
and fun. It’s very exciting for me to
be able to go to different countries and compete.
It’s very challenging.
What did Adam McGill & Taylor Kiser think
about going to France?
It was a really good experience.
Adam and Taylor had a blast. They were a little
nervous about going at first, because they
didn’t know what they were in for but
they really wanted to go. When we first got
to Paris and got our rental cars, we were
driving for about an hour and everyone was
hungry, so on purpose, I pulled off at this
tiny little restaurant out in the middle of
nowhere where I knew that no one was going
to speak English and it was going to be difficult.
I thought it would be kind of funny because
it would be a challenge to get through it.
I thought it would be cool to just shock them
a little bit.
So how did that work out?
1998, Tim Farr won the 12 Hours of Pont
de Vaux with Harold Goodman and Shane
Farr giving Adam McGill & Taylor
Kiser a crash course in learning French
at a local restaurant in France
Well, there wasn’t much to
chose from on the menu and we had no idea
what we were ordering. Adam and Taylor kind
of freaked out a little. It was a bit of a
culture shock for them at first. Pont de Vaux
is a really old town and the hotels are more
like a bed and breakfast kind of set up, like
someone’s house. I had a room with a
shower and everything, but Adam and Taylor
didn’t. They had a community bathroom
that they had to share. It was pretty funny!
Besides the oil leak, how did the KTM 525XC
perform? Were you happy with it?
Very happy! The bike ran great and
had plenty of power. There were actually a
lot of KTM’s there and every one of
them finished the race. There were a few of
the new SX’s there, which surprised
me because I didn’t even know they were
out yet over there.