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Tag: Moto3

Sebastian Risse (GER) 2015

Interview of the Month #3: Sebastian Risse – Speed Leader

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 …

Mike Leitner (AUT) 2015

Interview of the Month #2: Mike Leitner – Leitspeed

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.

Kurt Trieb (GER) 2015

Interview of the Month #1: Kurt Trieb – Grand Prix Power Provider

Interview with KTM Motorsport Chief Engine Designer Kurt Trieb.

Ales Hofmann (GER, #66) & Mika Kallio (FIN, #36) Red Bull Ring Spielberg (AUT) 2016

Presentation at the Red Bull Ring: KTM returns to MotoGP racing

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.

Romano Fenati (ITA) 2016

Romano Fenati: Give this man a promotion!

For five long years, Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) rode in Moto3. Quite possibly the fastest and most talented rider in the field, he’s now moving up to Moto2. It’s about time.

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Alpinestars: MotoGP’s second skin

Alpinestars provides some of the most advanced racing equipment in the MotoGP paddock and Red Bull KTM’s Bo Bendsneyder is under the company’s umbrella. We asked the motorcycle safety specialists what goes into protecting a Grand Prix athlete …

Pit Beirer (GER) 2016

Interview of the Month: Pit Beirer & KTM Racing – A bit of the past, present and future

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 …

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Alone among men: Maria Herrera

As the only woman in the Moto3 world championship, KTM’s Spanish rider Maria Herrera faces great adversity in her second season. Women have never had an easy time in the motorcycle world championship, as history has shown time and again.

Nicolò Bulega (ITA) KTM RC250 GP Jerez (ESP) 2016 © Marco Campelli

Backsides up!

Take a close look whenever you watch Nicolò Bulega in action: the KTM youngster is rarely sat properly on the saddle. Yet his unconventional posture is obviously no barrier to success. Despite being in his debut season, Bulega is causing a storm in the Moto3 world championship.

Ludwig Apfelbeck (l.)

#inthisyear1956: Engineer Ludwig Apfelbeck starts working for KTM

Spectacular racing success and popular production machines: there is often a whole team of engineers behind successful designs, but things were different right up to the 1970s. Just as the name Kiska now represents the distinctive design of KTM models, many motorcycles were previously closely associated with their designer’s name. Precisely six decades ago, Hans Trunkenpolz, the head of KTM, succeeded in bringing the famous designer Ludwig Apfelbeck to Mattighofen.