Chambly, Quebec – KTM Canada, Inc. is proud to introduce its prestigious lineup of 2020 special edition Enduro models with the announcement of the all-new KTM 300 XC-W TPI SIX DAYS and KTM 500 EXC-F SIX DAYS models.
Developed on the toughest climbs, gnarliest terrain and in the deepest mud with KTM’s factory racing stars, the benchmark-setting KTM offroad and dual-sport machines have just raised the bar again for the 2020 lineup. This range of KTM EXC-F and XC-W TPI models boasts the very latest in innovation with new and more efficient high-performing engines, a re-developed chassis with improved WP XPLOR suspension, improved handling, new bodywork, new air filter box, new cooling system and new exhaust systems.
These features are combined with the high-quality premium parts package offered on the flagship KTM SIX DAYS models, making these the best competition machines on the market. With the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) at the core of the design of the SIX DAYS models, they celebrate the sport of enduro and have a wide range of well-thought out KTM PowerParts fitted over the standard KTM EXC-F and XC-W TPI models.
SIX DAYS MODELS
When it comes to offroad motorcycle racing, no other brand comes close to the success or even just the presence of KTM. And year after year, one of the events where this becomes especially plain is the biggest competition on the calendar, the International Six Days Enduro. From the humble beginnings of a few daring riders in the Scottish border region testing the mettle of what was then emerging technology, the ISDE has turned into the team world championship of the Enduro scene, with more than 500 riders from over 30 nations expected on the grid. This Enduro marathon demands as much from the bikes as it does from the riders, and year after year, more than half of them show up in Orange.
The 2019 International Six Days Enduro will be held in Portugal. The rocky terrain and the dusty and worn tracks are bound to once again place extreme demands on all brave riders and machines that take on the battle. No chain is stronger than its weakest link. Thus, compromise of any kind has no place in their equipment if they strive to even cross the finish line, much less emerge victorious from the ordeal with their compatriots and teammates.
KTM also once again rises to the challenge with the latest, limited SIX DAYS edition of extra-tough machines. Easily identified as premium models by their special SIX DAYS design, these bikes are also upgraded and equipped with an extended list of top-of-the-line components, specially designed and refined by KTM’s own research and development department for the exceptional event, making them the ultimate Enduro bikes.
SIX DAYS FEATURES LIST
· Silencers with new SIX DAYS logo
· New rims with new SIX DAYS logo
· Engine guard
· Front axle puller
· Stealth rear sprocket (XC-W TPI)
· Handlebar with new SIX DAYS logo
· Solid rear brake disc
· Floating front brake disc
· Orange frame
· Orange CNC triple clamps
· Orange chain guide
· SIX DAYS seat
· Brake pedal safety wire
· Map select switch (XC-W TPI)
· WP XPLOR forks with preload adjusters
· Exclusive SIX DAYS graphics
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 20:16 Published in News
Red Bull KTM picked up more MotoGP points as both Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco finished 11th and 14th respectively at a warm Brno for the Monster Energy Ceske republiky today. Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliviera was the third RC16 rider in the top fifteen with a creditable 13th.
MotoGP clicked into the second half of the 2019 campaign with the visit to the popular and demanding Automotodrom Brno circuit and where a wet and complicated day of qualification changed to largely summery conditions for the tenth round of nineteen.
The 50th Grand Prix at Brno started brilliantly for KTM with the manufacturer’s best qualification results in their short two-and-a-half year spell in the premier class: Johann Zarco obtaining the KTM RC16’s first front row position with 3rd and Pol Espargaro equalling a previous best with 5th place.
On Sunday afternoon a freak shower on part of the track caused a 40 minute delay and plenty of consternation among the teams and riders as the grid formed up. The race was shortened from 21 to 20 laps and declared a ‘Flag to Flag’ sprint.
Espargaro initially ran within the top five as Zarco could not ace a start to head the pack. The Spaniard struggled with rear tyre grip to slip just outside the top ten while Zarco defeated Stefan Bradl to place just behind Oliveira. The Portuguese’s teammate, Hafizh Syahrin, crashed out in the first laps.
Pol Espargaro: “Qualifying went very well, and today we could keep the rhythm near the front for the first four-five laps after making a good start in very tricky conditions. Then we had some wheel-spin as the tyre dropped, mostly on the straights, and it meant we lost some positions. I tried to go with Valentino [Rossi], [Danilo] Petrucci and [Cal] Crutchlow but it was complicated. I was losing a lot each lap. So, some positives and negatives today and we’re looking forward to tomorrow to see if we can make some improvements. We have a big target for next weekend.”
Johann Zarco: “Not the plan we had. The start was a disaster. I think I had some spin because I was on the right side of the track where there were some wet patches. It was the right decision to wait forty minutes and start the race with the slick. I messed-up the start but it was good to fight and I did my best to be as constant as possible. In the end it was good to be in the points and to beat the guy I was racing with at the end. I want to say I am happy but it is because I did not finish the last two races and that is the most disappointing thing. Compared to yesterday 14th is not so satisfying but it’s where I am at the moment.”
Miguel Oliveira: “It was a nice race: difficult for everyone, especially to manage the grip of the rear tyre. The pace was the best I could do. We did a great job after having only one day of practice in the dry, the team gave me a nice bike to ride, so I’m really happy for that. The gap to the first is not so big, it’s the second-best gap that we had all season. We are definitely on a line of improvement and we just need to keep working like this.”
Hafizh Syahrin: “I’m very disappointed. It was a really good race. I felt confident and I was one of the only three riders to choose the hard tyre in front but for some reason we suddenly lost the front. Plus, the start was strange. I tried to put in the launch control, but it was not working and also the dashboard was a bit confused, so I needed to start without launch control, which was very difficult for me. But on the first lap I was really strong and on the second one, I caught back up with the group. I arrived in 15th and knew I would be able to pass Aleix [Espargaro], but first I tried to stay with Maverick [Viñales] and to pull away a little bit and then the crash happened. That’s racing, I feel sorry for everyone.”
Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Team Manager: “In general the weekend for KTM was not so bad but for sure our target was the top ten. Pol nearly did it but lost the rear tyre quite dramatically after mid-race distance and could not keep his position. He did a great job and we need to work harder so our tyre life stays longer. Johann rode well to get a good position on the grid but the bad luck with the weather meant it was very wet on that side and it affected him to focus and make a good start. He scored two points and all of us are not so happy with that but it’s where we are right now. Miguel had a decent race and we had three bikes in the points. Tomorrow we’ll test and try some items to improve lap-times and stability for the race. Next week is our home GP and we are focussed on our target there and to finish in a good position.”
Moto2 & Moto3
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder tumbled from a top ten position in Moto2 while teammate Jorge Martin rode to 13th place. Iker Lecuona was the highest RC12 runner with 10th spot. Moto3 featured at least twelve riders in the leading group and tussling for podium honours. Victory went to Sterilgarda Max Racing Team’s Aron Canet for the fifth time this season and Bester Capital Dubai’s Jaume Masia registered 4th. Canet leads Moto3 by 3 points from Lorenzo Dalla Porta. Brno saw Can Öncü in action with his twin brother, Deniz, for the first time in Red Bull KTM Ajo colours. Can continues to improve his speed and was at the back of the principal gaggle, eventually coming home in 14th for just his second batch of GP points in 2019. Deniz managed 18th on his FIM World Championship debut.
Brno cannot rest just yet. All the MotoGP teams will gather for the IRTA test on Monday and then a busy and eagerly awaited home Grand Prix lies in store for KTM next week; the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, taking place once more at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.
Sunday, 04 August 2019 22:26 Published in Rider and Team Releases
It was an extremely hot day of racing at Sand Del Lee for RD5 of the Triple Crown Series. All three KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team members dug deep and finished strong in the tough conditions.
In the MX2 class, Jess Pettis and Tanner Ward both had consistent starts; getting out front early was key in the hot conditions. Pettis got out front early and led most of Moto 2 before getting passed by Dylan Wright. Ward clenched a holeshot in Moto 2 and also
stayed on pace with the top riders for most of the race. Unfortunately the heat got to him at around the half-way mark and he dropped a few positions. Pettis finished 3-2 for 2nd overall while Ward finished 4-7 for 5th overall. It takes incredible strength
to race at this level in 40+ degree heat, hats off to all of the riders who competed on Saturday.
Pettis - KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team 250 Rider: "RD5
at Sand Del Lee was a hot and humid one. I was happy with how the day went. I was able to have two consistent motos with 3-2 moto scores for 2nd overall. The team and I have continued to make progress and I am ready to battle for wins and fight for this championship."
Ward - KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team 250 Rider:
"It was a pretty good weekend for me at Sand Del Lee. I was happy with my consistent starts and holeshot in Moto 2. It felt great to keep on pace for most of the Moto after my holeshot. The heat got to me near the end and unfortunately I lost a few positions.
I am taking away the positives from this weekend as we go into RD6 in Moncton this weekend."
In the MX1 class, Cole Thompson remained positive despite some set backs. In Moto 1 he had a first turn crash and charged from last to 7th place. In Moto 2 he got the holeshot and lead for five laps until he lost energy and had to step back in order to finish
the race. Thompson has been suffering from a back injury and has had to take a break from training and riding between rounds. He is excited to get back to 100% in order to finish the season strong.
In the WMX class, Orange Bleeder Eve Brodeur had some bad luck. In Moto 1 Brodeur was caught in a crash 20 feet from the start gate. She worked her way from last to 4th place. She went down again in Moto 2 and worked her way from last to 8th place for 6th overall.
Despite going down in both motos, Eve remained positive and showed great sportsmanship on and off the track. We look forward to watching her get back on the podium in Moncton.
On behalf of everyone here at KTM Canada, we want to extend a big congratulations to all KTM riders mentioned for their impressive performances in these challenging conditions.
The MX series will continue on July 27th in Moncton, New Brunswick at Riverglade MX.
The results below are subject to change based on the pending appeal in the MX1 class.
Next race: Moncton, New Brunswick - July 27th, 2019
450 Pro Series Results – 5/8 Rounds
1. Colton Facciotti, Honda - 238 Points
2. Mike Alessi, Honda - 220 Points
3. Phil Nicoletti, Yamaha - 212 Points
4. Cole Thompson, KTM - 200 Points
5. Shawn Maffenbeier, Yamaha - 191 Points
250 Pro Series Results – 5/8 Rounds
1. Dylan Wright, Honda - 243 Points
2. Jess Pettis, KTM - 210 Points
3. Luke Renzland, Yamaha - 205 Points
4. Tyler Medaglia, Kawasaki - 197 Points
5. Marshal Weltin, Husqvarna Motorcycles - 190 Points
WMXE Series Results (West) - 2/4 Rounds
1. Isabelle Thibault, Husqvarna Motorcycles - 117 Points
2. Eve Brodeur, KTM - 98 Points
3. Brittany Gagne, Yamaha - 92 Points
4. Sarah-Kim Villeneuve, KTM - 90 Points
5. Liz Burke, Kawasaki - 87 Points
Monday, 22 July 2019 19:51 Published in Rider and Team Releases
KTM RED BULL THOR FACTORY RACE TEAM WITH IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCES AT RD1 OF THE TRIPLE CROWN MX SERIES IN CALGARY
Chambly, QC – The KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team had a successful start to the outdoor season on Saturday. Cole Thompson finished the day on top of the podium with an impressive first place finish in the 450 pro class. After finishing third in Moto 1, he really got on the gas and turned things around in moto 2. He made the pass into first in lap four and didn't look back. Thompson will have the red plate going into round 2 in Prince George this coming Saturday.
Cole Thompson - KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team 450 Rider: "I'm so pumped to win the overall at round 1. Started my day by qualifying the fastest, then Moto 1 had to battle hard for 3rd. Regrouped for Moto 2 and put in my best performance by passing all the top riders and grabbing the win! So happy to give back to my team what they deserve for all their hard efforts and looking forward to a great MX tour."
KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team Members Tanner Ward and Jess Pettis had successful performances in the 250 class. The duo fired out of the gate and got up front right away. Tanner landed on the podium in Moto 1 with Pettis close behind. The two finished the day in 5th (Tanner Ward) and 7th (Jess Pettis).
Tanner Ward - KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team 250 Rider: "It was a good day for me, a lot of positives to look at. A small mistake in the second moto cost me an overall podium, but happy to start the season on the right foot!"
Jess Pettis - KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team 250 Rider: "Round 1 is in the books and I am happy with how it turned out, with the position I am in. I have been dealing with an arm injury for the last month and haven't had much time on the bike. Having been able to get two holeshots and salvage some good points with 5-7 moto scores was a win in my eyes. I am excited to heal a bit more and move onto the next round."
Jean-Sebastien Roy – KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team Manager: Luck was on our side for the first round of the outdoor season. The smoke cleared just in time and the clear air made for a great day of racing. All three KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team riders did very well. I am proud of their performances and am looking forward to a successful season.
In the WMX class, KTM swept the podium. Avrie Berry from Washougal, WA went 2-1 for 1st overall. She was followed closely by Canadian Orange Bleeders Shelby Turner and Eve Brodeur who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
On behalf of everyone here at KTM Canada, we want to extend a big congratulations to all KTM riders mentioned for their impressive performances. #READYTORACE
The MX series will continue next weekend in Prince George for round 2 of the 8 round series.
Next race: Prince George, British Columbia – June 8, 2019
Results 450 Pro – Calgary, Alberta
1. Cole Thompson, KTM
2. Colton Facciotti, Honda
3. Phil Nicoletti, Yamaha
4. Mike Alessi, Honda
5. Shawn Maffenbeier, Yamaha
Results 250 AX Class – Calgary, Alberta
1. Josh Osby, Yamaha
2. Luke Renzland, Yamaha
3. Dylan Wright, Honda
4. Marshal Weltin, Husqvarna Motorcycles
5. Tanner Ward, KTM
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 10:11 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Developed on the toughest climbs, gnarliest terrain and in deepest mud with our FMF KTM Factory Racing stars, the benchmark-setting KTM offroad models have just raised the bar yet again. The 2020 lineup includes the new KTM 150 XC-W TPI, KTM 250 XC-W TPI and KTM 300 XC-W TPI 2-strokes, as well as the new offroad-only KTM 350 XCF-W and KTM 500 XCF-W 4-strokes. Rounding out the new models are the KTM 350 EXC-F and KTM 500 EXC-F dual sports.
Building on the constantly evolving and advancing technology found in KTM’s enduro machines, this wide range of KTM models boasts the very latest in innovation. These 2020 machines feature updated high-performance engines, a new chassis with improved WP XPLOR suspension, improved handling, new bodywork, new air filter box, new cooling system, and new exhaust systems. These improvements and refinements, combined with the high-quality NEKEN handlebar, Brembo brakes, No-Dirt footpegs, and CNC-milled hubs with Giant rims fitted as standard equipment, ensure that the new KTM EXC and XC-W machines are the best performing and most extreme offroad and dual-sport bikes on the market.
To get the very best out of the new KTM EXC and XC-W model lineup, KTM has continued to develop its high-quality selection of KTM PowerParts, which enables riders to customize their machines to take it to new heights. KTM enduro fans can also find a wide range of riding gear, protection and casual wear in the KTM PowerWear collection, ensuring they can be READY TO RACE both on and off the bike.
Bikes will be arriving in North American dealers this summer. For more information visit www.ktm.com.
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:12 Published in Industry News
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – It was a monumental night in Las Vegas for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team as Cooper Webb secured his first-career 450SX Championship at the season finale, giving the brand its fourth premier class title aboard the 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, finished second on the night and third in the overall championship after a hard-fought performance in the 2019 AMA Supercross Championship.
Webb, a two-time Western Regional 250SX Champion, joined the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team at the end of 2018 and the North Carolina native immediately went to work to pair himself with an all-new motorcycle and team. With 5-10 finishes in the first two rounds, Webb quickly found his stride with the team as he earned his first-career 450SX victory by Round 3. He repeated the win once again at Round 4, before going on to secure a total of seven Main Event victories as he carried big momentum into the final round in Las Vegas.
Coming in with a 23-point margin over Eli Tomac, Webb played it safe at the final round. Qualifying fifth, the newly-crowned 450SX Champion secured the holeshot in his heat and assumed the lead early on. With two laps to go, Webb felt some pressure from Tomac and he quickly settled into the second-place position, shifting his focus toward the Main Event. With a solid gate choice for the main, Webb powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into third off the start. From there, he maintained a consistent pace throughout the Main Event to secure a third-place podium finish en route to securing the prestigious 2019 AMA 450SX Championship.
Cooper Webb: “It’s been an incredible journey. This KTM team believed in me, they took me in and transformed me back to where I always knew I could be. This year was not expected at all and I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity to get back into this level and to do it this way is unreal. It’s a dream come true, I’ve had it since I was a little kid. It’s an incredible feeling.”
Red Bull KTM Team Manager, Ian Harrison: “It’s a little surreal right now to win this championship with Cooper. I’ve been through it before many times with Roger [De Coster] but to be in this position – it hasn’t quite sunk in. Going from finishing ninth in the championship last season, we weren’t expecting too much from Cooper in the beginning – we were hoping for one win. Once he got the one, then he did it again and his confidence went up from there and he really managed his races well. I think he was outstanding but last round in New York when he wasn’t feeling well and he came through in the clutch time with a win, that’s the test of a true champion and he did it.”
Musquin, the second-place qualifier, lined up in 450SX Heat 1, where he put himself into a top-three position off the start. He quickly worked his way into second early on and made a big charge in the final laps to go after the heat race win but he ultimately secured a second-place transfer into the Main Event. He got off to a second-place start in the Main Event and he maintained a consistently fast pace to ultimately finish second on the night. After putting up an audacious fight this season, Musquin ultimately finished third overall in the 450SX Championship with two victories under his belt.
Marvin Musquin: “I was looking for one more step than last year but overall it was a decent year. I gave my best this season and that’s all I could do. A little bit of mistakes and the end of the year took me out of the fight but I’m looking forward to next year and getting ready for outdoors.”
Harrison: “Marvin was super impressive this season. He started the year off with a knee injury and not riding very much and I was amazed at how well he kept his fitness up and how well he adapted to the surroundings and the championship chase and he got himself in there quickly. For a while there, he was in the hunt for the title, too. At the end, he had a few things that didn’t go his way and he lost a little steam but I think it was an outstanding season for him and I’m super proud of him.”
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team will enjoy one weekend off from racing before jumping into the opening round of the 2019 AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, May 18.
Results 450SX Class – Las Vegas 2019
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 22 laps
2. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, +12.061
3. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +17.466
7. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM
10. Justin Bogle (USA), KTM
11. Henry Miller (USA), KTM
Standings 450SX Class 2019 after 17 of 17 rounds
1. Webb, 379 points
2. Tomac, 361
3. Musquin, 350
5. Baggett, 290
9. Bogle, 171
Results 250SX East/West Shootout – Las Vegas 2019
1. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha, 16 laps
2. RJ Hampshire (USA), Honda, +01.805
3. Cameron Mcadoo (USA), Honda, +02.858
19. Mitchell Falk (USA), KTM
Standings 250SX East Class 2019 after 9 of 9 rounds
1. Chase Sexton, 193 points
2. Justin Cooper, 180
3. Austin Forkner, 152
13. Jordon Smith, 70
15. Mitchell Falk, 40
Standings 250SX West Class 2019 after 10 of 10 rounds
1. Dylan Ferrandis, 226 points
2. Adam Cianciarulo, 211
3. Colt Nichols, 180
8. Shane McElrath, 123
13. Sean Cantrell, 72
15. Jess Pettis, 66
19. Jerry Robin, 34
Sunday, 05 May 2019 19:12 Published in Rider and Team Releases
The world-beating KTM SX motocross range just got better. From the junior KTM 50 SX right up to the KTM 450 SX-F powerhouse the model year 2020 KTM SX line-up, which will be arriving in dealers soon, has received refinements and performance updates to ensure these machines are more READY TO RACE than ever.
After the race is before the race and when it comes to competing in the most prestigious championships around the world, this mantra is an important one to live by. KTM’s desire to win in AMA Supercross and the FIM Motocross World Championship continues to be demonstrated with outstanding performances in each series thanks to KTM’s focus on creating the sharpest weapons for the toughest battles. This READY TO RACE mindset and development in the most challenging arenas is translated directly into our serial production models.
Following on from last year’s ground-breaking introduction of a new KTM SX generation, for model year 2020 the 2-stroke KTM 125 SX, KTM 150 SX and KTM 250 SX, and the 4-stroke KTM 250 SX-F, KTM 350 SX-F and KTM 450 SX-F have received performance enhancing engine updates to ensure they remain at the fore and as battle-ready as ever. These detailed refinements, that have been developed with KTM´s test riders in Europe and the USA along with factory racers around the globe, complement the high-quality serial components that the KTM SX range already boasts.
New graphics and colors give the range a fresh look for the new season, while an E-starter and a map select switch with integrated traction control and launch control on 4-stroke machines, premium brakes supplied by Brembo, No-Dirt footpegs are fitted as standard to KTM’s class-leading line-up. High quality exhaust systems, plastics and seats join the reworked WP XACT suspension with the proven AER technology, which offers enhanced handling for model year 2020.
Designed by the very same engineers that are responsible for the bikes raced by the likes of Jeffrey Herlings, Antonio Cairoli and Cooper Webb, the KTM sportminicycle line-up continues to set the benchmark in out-of-the-crate performance for junior riders. For MY2020 the KTM 50 SX, KTM 65 SX and KTM 85 SX have a new look and feature the WP XACT suspension for precise handling and stability in the toughest motocross terrain.
All of the junior models boast premium components such as high-quality Formula brakes, a high-strength steel frame, ergonomically designed bodywork and high-performance engines. For model year 2020 the KTM 65 SX has a reworked ignition curve for improved performance, while the carburetor has been optimized for better power delivery. Its bigger brother, the KTM 85 SX, has a new transmission drive shaft fixing for safer sprocket fixation. The KTM 85 SX also has a reworked muffler with improved packing wool, which saves weight.
In addition, the KTM SX-E 5 will join the sportminicycles as another competitive option for junior riders. Based on the KTM 50 SX with its high-end chassis, but powered by an electric motor, the KTM SX-E 5 is easy to ride, has zero emissions, low noise and requires minimal maintenance – giving riders more options for places to ride, whilst being easy to use. The height of the bike is also completely adjustable, and it is aimed at riders aged from 4 to 10 years old, making it an exciting new model in the KTM line-up. The KTM SX-E 5 will be launched this summer.
“To be the consistent performer at any level of racing, you have to continue to progress in development. The work never stops – whether that’s here in Mattighofen, or with our engineers in the USA. The KTM SX range model year 2020 has received a number of updates to complement last year’s groundbreaking new generation models, and we can see that our continued efforts in development are paying off – our athletes both in Supercross and Motocross have enjoyed some fantastic results so far this season. Utilizing the same R&D team as their bigger brothers, the KTM sportminicycle models remain at the very forefront of junior racing competition with detailed refinements for MY2020. In addition, we are excited for the highly anticipated launch of the all-new KTM SX-E 5 electric minicycle, which will arrive this summer,” said KTM´s Senior Product Manager Offroad, Joachim Sauer.
To intensify any new KTM SX and KTM sportminicycle with either aesthetic individualization or performance upgrades, look no further than the KTM PowerParts range. Designed by the engineers in Mattighofen, Austria, these premium components can take any KTM SX to new heights.
In addition, adult and junior riders alike can stay READY TO RACE with the KTM PowerWear collection. High-quality riding gear, premium protection and casual clothing created by KTM and with partners are included in the KTM PowerWear line-up, ensuring KTM fans can state their stance whilst gearing up to ride to the limit.
Check out the new KTM SX model year 2020 at the local dealer soon or visit www.ktm.com.
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 15:26 Published in Industry News
The time for tests, talk and tentative speculation is over. MotoGP 2019 begins this weekend and will see KTM’s biggest and most ambitious assault on the FIM World Championship fire into life as the factory hopes to dazzle under the Losail lights.
For the fifteen year in a row the Losail International Circuit will welcome MotoGP. The Grand Prix paddock will gather again less than two weeks after the second IRTA test of the pre-season period took place at the same flat, pacey and demanding facility close to the ever-changing metropolis of Doha.
In those final rapid laps of experimentation and refinement of the Red Bull KTM RC16 Pol Espargaro got to within half a second of the best time while new teammate Johann Zarco – who will mark a notable career milestone after first gracing a Grand Prix circuit as a Red Bull Rookie in the 2007 inauguration of the series – continued his adaptation to the factory bike.
Red Bull KTM will tackle only their third year as part of the MotoGP grid and with memories of their maiden podium finish at Valencia for the final fixture of 2018 not yet faded. Espargaro boasts a best result of 7th at the Qatari circuit in five years of MotoGP competition while Zarco has a 8th: 2019 will be just his third term in the premier class.
KTM presented their full line-up in a comprehensive launch event in Austria last month, and will watch the first round of nineteen with interest through the categories. Like many race fans the ‘orange family’ and KTM followers will have their own questions: how far will Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin push into the pack? Will Brad Binder start the new Moto2 era with a trophy? Will Can Öncü make another immediate impression in Moto3?
2019 gets underway with the first Moto3 Free Practice sessions at 11.50 CET this Friday. The races themselves will occur at 15.00 (Moto3), 16.20 (Moto2) and 18.00 (MotoGP) CET on Sunday.
Pol Espargaro: “Losail is a strange track and pretty different to all the others; mainly because it is the first grand prix and everyone wants to start the season well. There is a lot of pressure. Racing in the night means the temperatures are usually quite low and the humidity is high, from one hour to the other or from the start of the race until the end the track can change a lot so you have to adapt fast. We’ll look to do our best and get the race set-up fixed as quickly as we can.”
Johann Zarco: “I first raced at Losail in 2009, so ten years ago. I remember leading race here in Moto2 and I had a mechanical problem and had to finish the race in third gear and missed the win! My first race in MotoGP was also nice. It is a fast track and of course what makes it special is to ride at night. It’s also the first race so it has a different kind of pressure: you start a long season here but then when you arrive to the end it always feels like it has passed so fast from this first moment.”
Miguel Oliveira: “I think the approach for the first GP is always quite simple, it’s to do my best and try to do my job as always, plus making the team happy with my performance. I feel it’s important for me to finish the race, to get experience and to get to know where to improve my riding. The most important thing is to gather this experience in my first race in MotoGP, I don’t think about any result in specific.”
Hafizh Syahrin: “I’m looking forward to the first race very much! We had some tough pre-season tests, where we tried to adapt to the bike step by step. It was pretty good and I felt better and better with the bike. So we keep on working hard, try to understand everything and keep the mind fresh to be ready for race day. Let’s see what we can do.”
Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Team Manager: “The target is to reach the top positions as much as possible but we have to be realistic and this is just the third year for us. We are still fighting against manufacturers with many more years in this business. We are pushing to improve our package on many different aspects and this will of course take some time but racing is racing and we will always look for good results. Doha has been a difficult track for us. We started our project here two years ago and that’s why we are really happy to see the test lap-times closer than they have ever been to the fastest. I think for the race we can be optimistic and find the good set-up in the four sessions. The challenge there is that the track conditions can change day-to-day. We just have to be open and adapt to what we find.”
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 15:47 Published in Rider and Team Releases
KTM ended a busy pre-season after three evenings of laps and testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar and can now set their sights on the first round of the 2019 MotoGP season at the same track on March 10th. Today Pol Espargaro further improved his pace to classify just half a second away from the fastest lap.
Day three of the second and last IRTA test of the 2019 MotoGP pre-season took place in windy and cool conditions at Losail. The climate permitted around four hours of work and laps as the grid took the final opportunities to try ideas and race set-up adjustments with one eye on the fifteenth Grand Prix of Qatar.
Red Bull KTM’s Pol Espargaro again made qualitative gains with the KTM RC16 and ran consistently among the leaders through the timed period. His 27th lap (of 37 in total) was his best of the test at 1min 54.770 and the former world champion capped a decent month of work by sitting just half a second away from countryman Maverick Viñales. Pol’s lap was also a second faster than his best at the same test twelve months earlier.
Teammate Johann Zarco’s evening was effectively halted by a crash at Turn 2. The Frenchman was one of many riders to slide into the Losail gravel as the temperatures dropped below 20 degrees. Zarco (who finished the session down in 19th) continues his quest to find more corner speed but was also pleased with his ability to post regular lap-times.
Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira (20th) was another to go even faster but also fell while Hafizh Syahrin posted 42 laps and tried a race simulation to further acclimatise to the RC16 for what will be just his second term in the premier class of Grand Prix.
Three days in Qatar completed 2019 tests that also included five days at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia earlier this month. In just over a week the KTM teams will be travelling back to Doha and to Losail to launch the 2019 season for the first race of nineteen.
Pol Espargaro: “I’m impressed by the potential of our bike and what we have done here. This is normally a track where we have struggled the last two years but to see us just half a second away is great. We did a good job, a good lap and a good rhythm. The conditions can change for the race but we can take a positive feeling from this test and have a good target for the GP. We still need to work carefully and concentrate on what we are doing. The conditions at the end were tough with the humidity going up and the temperatures dropping. There were a lot of crashes. Anyway, I think we can think big, and we have to do the best we can in the race but also be safe to not lose those first points of the season.”
Johann Zarco: “A bit sad with the crash. It was colder and the Medium tyre was not good enough for me so I could not improve my performance. It was a shame because it was then hard to make another step. Anyway, I got more information and experience and maybe we found a limit, so we need to work more and move that onwards. I’m too slow at the moment – for the final day here anyway – but in consistency I am not too bad and we’ll see where I can be for the race weekend. I’m quite impressed by Pol’s performance today and I’m happy for him.”
Miguel Oliveira: “Today we definitely found harder conditions than the two previous days because of the wind. We started a bit slow in terms of lap time but then I was picking up the pace and riding quite good. Unfortunately, a crash ended the test, but I felt I was coming stronger and also the team made quite a few changes to the bike, with which I was very satisfied.”
Hafizh Syahrin: “I’m very happy to improve my lap time and as well about the work on the last day with the team. We know, that we are still very far, although we were quicker. I started to understand a little bit how to adapt to the bike. We tried a race simulation, which was not really bad, but also not very fast, as we needed to understand the bike. At the same time, I did a race distance for the very first time with the KTM. We need to push harder during the race weekend, this is sure. Let’s see what we can do there.”
Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Team Manager: “I think we did a great job over these six test days in total. It was tough for the riders and also the company to deliver all the parts and suggestions we wanted but everyone was pushing hard and there were not many runs where we used the same bike spec! The last day was about focussing more on race set-up and looking for a good lap-time but Johann still wanted more from our bike so we looked at more ideas. He understands now what he will mix together for the GP. The Tech3 team also did a great job. Losail has not been an easy track for us but we started our project here two years ago and it is really good to see how much closer we are to the fastest lap: before we did not manage anything better than 1.2 or 1.3. It’s still hard for us here and especially for a single fast lap but this shows we made a great improvement. The goal now will be to make better results and to start the season strongly when we come back here.”
Qatar IRTA Test Day Three final times
1. Maverick Viñales (SPA), Yamaha 1:54.208
2. Fabio Quartararo (FRA), Yamaha +0.233
3. Alex Rins (SPA), Suzuki +0.385
4. Marc Marquez (SPA), Honda +0.405
5. Valentino Rossi (ITA), Yamaha +0.443
7. Pol Espargaro (SPA), Red Bull KTM +0.562
19. Johann Zarco (FRA), Red Bull KTM +1.508
20. Miguel Oliveira (POR), Red Bull KTM Tech3 +1.565
23. Hafizh Syarin (MYS), Red Bull KTM Tech3 +2.163
Monday, 25 February 2019 22:36 Published in Rider and Team Releases