KTM RC16 MotoGP Racebike Makes Track Debut

KTM RC16 MotoGP machine begins testing at Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria. Testing the latest motorcycle was Alex Hoffman, who has tons of experience with various MotoGP machines and teams. He last contested in the 2007 MotoGP Championship, riding the Ducati Desmosedici for Pramac d'Antin.

On the sponsorship front, it looks like Red Bull might sponsor the KTM factory racing team in MotoGP. The motorcycle does not reveal its racing livery and sports a flat black base with white KTM, Red Bull, and RC16 logo and lettering across the side panel and front cowl.

Mika Kallio is the official test rider elected by KTM for their MotoGP project. Initial tests will be carried out by Alex Hoffman for KTM and their RC16 prototype. Mika Kallio will take on the testing role from 2016 MotoGP Championship and is expected to have the bike ready by mid-season.

KTM will be utilising a tell trellis frame chassis for their RC16 prototype machine. Powering the motorcycle will be a V4 machine developed by KTM engineers in Austria. Honda Racing Corporation uses a similar V4 engine in MotoGP.

From the pictures of the KTM RC16 prototype motorcycle, a few details are noticeable. KTM is using Brembo brakes for braking, along with WP suspension system, a double Akrapovic exhaust system, and an orange steel trellis frame.

KTM will enter MotoGP Championship in 2017; however, they could take part in the next season as wild card entrants. Riders for 2017 Championship have not been confirmed; we feel Mika Kallio could get first priority. KTM would also like to acquire a rider from the current MotoGP lineup.

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Story first published: Monday, November 2, 2015, 12:46 [IST]
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