KTM Factory Racing

Competing in Grand Prix motorcycle racing isn’t new for the Austrian brand. In the modern era of KTM, under the direction of Stefan Pierer, KTM officially began its MotoGP participation in 2003 with a factory team running in the 125cc class, joined later by an equally asserted entry into the 250cc class from 2005.

Also in 2005, it supplied 990cc 4-stroke V4 engines to Team KR in the MotoGP class to use within the Kenny Roberts team’s own chassis, but the project was abandoned mid-season. From 2003-2009 the factory in Mattighofen, Austria, had the pleasure of working with some of the best short circuit road racers in the world, including Casey Stoner, Marc Márquez, Mika Kallio, Julián Simón and Hiroshi Aoyama.

Although a riders’ title escaped the European manufacturer during this time, KTM won its first constructors’ championship in 2005. Upcoming changes to the smaller GP categories and a concentrated effort on its RC8 Superbike saw the factory withdraw from 250s in 2008 and 125s the following season, having amassed 22 victories, 46 podiums and 19 pole positions across both
2-stroke championship classes.

KTM powered back into Grand Prix racing in 2012 when the 2-stroke 125cc class was reborn as Moto3, driven by 250cc 4-stroke engines. Its RC250 GP machine clinched the inaugural rider’s title, before following up again in 2013 along with the constructor’s title for the next two seasons.

“MotoGP is a dream for any manufacturer to be a part of. This is just the beginning of a very long-term project and for sure we cannot just enter and play with the big boys. We know it will be tough, but we will not give up until we play with them that’s for sure. We decided to make the big jump and go into MotoGP and now we are almost READY TO RACE with the RC16 that is 100% built and made in Austria with KTM. The guys have made the team so strong already. When we started, I had the people to make the milestones but not those able to fine-tune a bike to lure a top MotoGP rider. The combination of all these people now is fantastic. Engineers from our company who have outstanding ideas and technology but have not worked with a MotoGP bike on that level and the combination with the track guys … you should see it. The fire is reaching the roof!”
PIT BEIRER - Motorsports Director

KTM Factory Racing - Team Structure

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