KTM Confirm MotoGP Plan For 2017

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KTM, the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer has confirmed their participation for the MotoGP in the year 2017.

After KTM stopped racing in the GP class almost a decade ago, the factory has had great success in the smaller and lighter segment of the races. Pit Beirer, KTM's motorsports head, confirmed the company is working towards full participation in the MotoGP class.

Beirer, absolutely confirms that there was a board decision at KTM that they could take the big step into this class. He says there were plans to go first to the Moto2 grow in small steps, but it will not make sense to build a KTM with a Honda engine inside. He says it would never be an original KTM.

So KTM decided to make the big leap and go into MotoGP. The company is already very busy with this plan and are working hard to get ready for 2017.

Speaking about the machinery, the head of motorsports for KTM said that it will be a real KTM, the engine concept is sure going to be a V4. He says it will still be in a tubular frame with WP Suspension. The bike will be 100 percent built and made in Austria with KTM. He added saying that they will not be looking for external suppliers to build the bike.

Speaking more about the project, he said the company want to make it a real KTM motorcycle and make it go the hard way. It will be a really tough project for KTM and the company will need years now to step into the MotoGP class. KTM is sure with their engineers in Austria, it will be possible and know it is a long term project.

KTM is at the beginning, but are looking forward to being a part of the biggest races in the motorcycle world as MotoGP is a dream for any two wheeler manufacturer to be part.

Beirer says that the prototype will be ready for tests end of next summer.

Story first published: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 15:14 [IST]
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