The MotoGP grid grows in 2017 with KTM joining the worldwide road racing tour with its RC16. The Orange Brigade’s prototype made its debut last week at the Red Bull Ring in southern Austria with ex-MotoGP racer Alex Hoffman at the controls.
No word on how many laps were spun, or times, but Onroad Technical Director Sebastian Risse said it was a positive initial test.
“The fact that it all went as smoothly as it did, and the data that we have been able to gather makes us very optimistic about the further development of the KTM RC16,” he said. Although we are still far removed from the detailed work, these three days were a very positive and instructive test for us.”
Technical details on the new bike are also scarce but KTM proudly touts its new prototype as being engineered and built in-house at its two facilities in Mattighofen and Munderfing.
“Thursday was a very emotional moment, not only for me but also for the company, and I believe for many KTM fans in Austria and all over the world,” said Pit Beirer, KTM’s Motorsports Director. “This, and the start of the project on the racing circuit are just as important as any lap time. A very big thanks to Alex (Hofmann) and the entire team for the excellent performance. The feedback and the fact that we were already able to put in very many laps without any problems gives us a lot of motivation for the next steps in this long journey towards our entry into MotoGP in 2017.”
KTM says its planning a follow-up test later this year with a second bike ridden by current Moto2 racer Mika Kallio.