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.
The third and final test of the MotoGP ‘pre-season’ is just around the corner at Qatar next week with the 2017 championship getting underway also at Losail on March 26. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team colors have been shown and the countdown to a momentous day for the company is hotting up.
KTM expend a vast amount of resources and cash to enter tracks from Dakar to Doha. Like most companies they take valuable benefit from their racing exploits. We asked the Vice Presidents in R&D at Mattighofen for some more details …
It’s been a very successful season for the Red Bull KTM Factory Teams. Be it in America, Europe, Africa, on Supercross, Motocross, Enduro, Rally, Moto3 or even MotoGP, the success and participation has been what we have come to expect from the very strong Austrian company.
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.
Orange – this mixture of yellow and red is much more than just a color to KTM; it has also been the company’s philosophy for two decades now. In the world of motorcycles, KTM Orange carries the same meaning as “Ferrari Red” for motor vehicles, and when other manufacturers paint their motorcycles orange, the motorcycle world thinks only of KTM.
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.
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.