Grand Prix wins and world championships mean that Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró know all about the spoils of MotoGPTM but 2017 was the first year for both as factory riders. We asked them about the experience …
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Impressive, magnificent, and a whole host of other superlatives – that’s the kind of thing you’d have heard when talk turned to the Red Bull KTM MotoGP Factory Racing Team following the MotoGPTM 2017 season finale. In its very first season, KTM has become a heavyweight on the Grand Prix-circuit. There were, of course, some setbacks along the way, but the final standings after all that hard work show a team heading in the right direction – and straight for the top.
Could one of the greatest motocrossers ever be eying a career change? Tony Cairoli’s appetite and curiosity to try a new MotoGPTM machine was satisfied last week in Valencia. We’ve seen the images so now hear what the Sicilian had to say on his KTM RC16 debut.
It was only last year that the MotoGP™ returned to Austria for the first time in 19 years and it was that event where KTM for the first time presented its KTM RC16 project to the public. One year later, more than 201,580 people came to see and cheer their heroes during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, the second highest number of fans attending a race so far in 2017.
The last eight years of Ajo Motorsport have produced remarkable results: six world championship titles and ten world championship medals. After having won the double last year with victories in both Moto3 and Moto2, the team, at the start of the 2017 season, is now poised for more success and is recognized as the one that everyone wants to beat.
Over a year, tens of thousands of track kilometers, five tests with rivals for company and a first wild-card race appearance: KTM has certainly built the foundations for their first MotoGP season in 2017 but after all the images, soundbites, assessments and output with the RC16 what is the actual state of play with the project? We asked the open and jovial Crew Chief Paul Trevathan for some information at the Jerez shakedown …
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.
The Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring was the perfect stage for KTM to officially present its MotoGP project. Starting in 2017, riders Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith will represent KTM on the track in the premier class of motorcycle racing.
It is a long and difficult journey from a family garage in the small Finnish village of Valkeakoski to becoming MotoGP test rider for KTM Motorsports, even if you have made the successful transition through the various categories of MotoGP. For Mika Kallio, it has been both far-reaching and very demanding.
5.4 million inhabitants. 20 different motorcycle world champions in eight different disciplines, over 200 world championship solo medals. The world´s most successful country in motorcycle sport compared to the number of inhabitants. What is their secret? We travelled to Finland to find out more about this country of silent success.