KTM’s RC16 MotoGP machine has been ridden in anger for the first time on track in advance of the Austrian Factory’s entry in the 2017 MotoGP championship.
Test rider Alex Hoffmann put the bike through its paces during a three-days of at Austria’s Red Bull Ring, which returns to the GP calendar next year. The bike has been developed exclusively in-house by the Mattighoffen-based manufacturer and features KTM’S signature steel trellis frame, 17in wheels, carbon brake discs and Brembo calipers, and WP Suspension, a KTM-owned company.
KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer said: “This, and the start of the project on the racing circuit are just as important as any lap time. A very big thanks to Alex and the entire team for the excellent performance. The feedback and the fact that we were already able to put in very many laps without any problems gives us a lot of motivation for the next steps in this long journey towards our entry into MotoGP in 2017.”
The test comes on the back of the Factory team announcing it had signed veteran MotoGP rider Mika Kallio as its test rider and he will be tasked with developing the bike along with Alex Hofmann.
The team may be new, but it has substantial backing from energy drink manufacturer Red Bull, and the partnership between the Austrian powerhouse has already paid dividends in the competitive Moto3 class.
More tests are planned for later in the year and Kallio is expected to race the RC16 as a wildcard at next year’s Austrian Grand Prix.