KTM Racing took part in their very first MotoGP race as a wildcard entrant. Initially, the Austrian-based team was surprised by the offset in pace between them and other teams. Eventually, KTM RC16 began improving and closing the gap with the satellite teams.
Mika Kallio was piloting the KTM RC16 race machine at the 2016 Valencia GP. Kallio started the race from 20th position and was constantly improving. Unfortunately, on the 19th lap, KTM RC16 witnessed a technical difficulty thus ending their race development early on.
Both Mika Kallio and KTM Racing wanted to see the chequered flag at Valencia GP. The RC16 faced a sensor issue that resulted in over spinning of the rear wheel. Kallio explains that the KTM RC16 was unmanageable and felt as though the traction control went off.
Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will now take over for 2017 MotoGP season development. The duo will get to ride the KTM RC16 for the very first time on November 15-16, 2016. Smith and Espargaro have MotoGP experience with Yamaha and will be a valuable asset to KTM.
KTM Racing will be extremely interested to see if Espargaro and Smith could shed a few seconds on their first outing. The first pre-season testing for 2017 begins at Valencia, Spain. All riders will be jumping onto their latest machinery, stay tuned for updates.