KTM plans to enter MotoGP Championship and is currently developing its prototype machinery. The Austrian-based manufacturer plans on joining MotoGP in 2017 and is expected to make wild card entries during 2016 Championship as well.
Now KTM has announced that Thomas Luthi and Randy de Puniet will help in the development of their MotoGP project. Previously, KTM was using the expertise of Alex Hoffman and Mika Kallio. KTM MotoGP team will have four test riders before entering 2017 MotoGP Championship.
Randy de Puniet recently was helping Suzuki develop their motorcycle. The Japanese team offered him a role in WSBK for his excellent work. The French rider has vast experience in MotoGP and will be an excellent asset for KTM's MotoGP project.
Currently, Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha are the factory teams in MotoGP. KTM will be the latest factory team to join the MotoGP Championship. So far, the Austrian-based team has not announced who will be their official riders next year.
2017 MotoGP Championship will be the most exciting with several top manufacturer's fighting for the title. Several riders contract is ending this year and KTM will surely have an interesting rider option. We expect one of the top riders to join the new team, in an attempt to prove their critics.