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GP Week : Issue 208
KTm TO GO mOTOGP IN 2017 KTM has announced a MotoGP program that will see it on the track in 2017. The Austrian manufacturer will supply an undisclosed number of teams a year after Michelin returns to the sport and new technical rules are instigated. KTM CeO stefan Pierer (left) confirmed the new in an exclusive interview with the German website speedweek. He confirmed that the bike, codenamed RC16, will feature a 1000cc V4 engine housed in a tubular steel trellis frame with suspension from WP, a KTM subsidiary. The engine us due to commence dyno testing in May next year, and track testing at the end of the 2015 season, though Pierer did not rule out wildcard entries before the end of the 2016 season. The engine development will be overseen by Kurt Trieb, whose team developed the Moto3 powerplant. Pierer also outlined an unusual way of financing the project. Rather than field a factory squad the racing will be conducted by customer teams, in much the same fashion as KTM’s Moto3 effort, but there will also be a production version of the bike produced. Rather than offer a down-specced GP bike as Honda has done with its RC1000V, KTM will develop a track day bike based on its GP racer. That is expected to cost less than us$250,000 and be sold in much greater numbers than Honda’s $1m ‘production’ racer. The program will be KTM’s second in MotoGP. The first, in 2005, was to partner Kenny Roberts’s Team KR and its engine, also a V4, was a failure. MOTOGP >>> nEWs 16 GPWEEK.com // 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: