We continue to put the board of directors under the spotlight and this month we catch up with the 55 year old Chief Operating Officer to talk some nuts and bolts of KTM.
Category: Interview of the month
Sebastian Risse is in charge of KTM’s MotoGP project from a technical point of view. When the RC16 lines up on the premier class grid to take on the world’s fastest prototype motorcycles, ultimately he made the big decisions that shaped the creation of this bike. No pressure then …
From 125cc Grand Prix racer to World Championship-winning crew chief, Mike Leitner has a career in the MotoGP paddock that has lasted over four decades. After retiring at the end of 2014, he was tempted back to the premier class by KTM’s ambitious RC16 project to become Vice President Onroad for the Motorsport department.
There are few more emphatic success stories in the wide breadth of motorcycle racing than Pit Beirer’s stewardship of KTM Racing. We asked the insanely busy but chatty German for his time to explain how some of that achievement was possible, what he had to go through and learned and a few teasers on racing matters for the future …
Friday night at Le Mans and the MotoGP paddock has finally quietened. Mechanics and staff are busy toiling in the claustrophobic pit garages and the odd bike engine revs in the distance. There might be an eight-hour time difference to the west coast of the USA but – in contrast our situation – the AMA Supercross series is on the edge of wrapping.
In Catalan the word ‘bo’ also means ‘good’ or ‘of quality’. Rookie Dutchman Bo Bendsneyder has been catching attention just four Grands Prix into his greenshoots career. As his name would indicate to some of his team and those in the Granollers town there is something special about the ‘64’.
Quiet but with an easy smile, poster boy looks and a determination that is hard to match in a Grand Prix paddock already full of purposeful and dedicated athletes; Glenn Coldenhoff is a prospect.