A few images of the KTM RC16 MotoGP race bike prototype have been shared on social media by Heinz Kinigadner, KTM Sporting Director. The machine which is destined to enter the pinnacle of two-wheeled motorsports in 2017 season is being developed with former MotoGP racer Alex Hofmann and current Moto2 racer Mika Kallio as the test riders.
Videos of the prototype ripping through the Red Bull Ring circuit at Spielberg, Austria have emerged. To be built entirely in Austria, the KTM MotoGP racebike will feature traditional elements that also identify the brand’s road going motorcycles such as a trellis frame and WP suspension system. Power comes form a 1,000 cc V4 liquid-cooled engine.
It’s been a good few years for MotoGP as Suzuki made its comeback this year as a factory outfit and most races are culminating in a nail biting fashion. KTM’s arrival would add a new dimension to the battle between OEM teams. One additional factory backed team is also a great opportunity for highly talented riders to prove their mettle. The new comer will lock horns racing equipment from Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Aprilia and Ducati.
KTM is most likely to have experienced riders on board for its MotoGP campaign to begin with, so that they can expedite the development of the race bike.
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Images – Heinz Kinigadner