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.
KTM Factory Racing - Team Structure
Type: 4-cylinder, V configuration
Valve train: Pneumatic
Gearbox: Seamless shift
Power: 250 hp +
Rev limit: 19,000 rpm
Exhaust: Akrapovič, four-into-two,
Electronics system: Magneti Marelli
Electronics strategies: Drive-by-Wire,
Engine Braking, Traction Control,
Wheelie Control, Quickshifter +
Main frame: Steel tubular trellis
Wheelbase: 1,400 mm
Height: 700 mm
Minimum weight: 157 kg
Fuel capacity: 22 liters (maximum)
Front suspension: WP
Rear suspension: WP
Braking components: Brembo
Tires: Michelin, 17 inch, front and back
Bodywork: Wethje Carbon Composites