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KTM announce MotoGP plans for 2005

KTM announce MotoGP plans for 2005

KTM announce MotoGP plans for 2005

KTM officially announced their plans to enter the MotoGP World Championship in 2005, starting with an assault on the 125cc title next season. The Austrian manufacturers, who have a long and glorious history in off-road competition, will turn their attentions to the asphalt surface next spring when their new road racer takes to the track for the first time in the February IRTA tests at the hands former 125cc World Champion Roberto Locatelli. Revered engineers Harald Bartol and Warren Willing have also been signed up to the ambitious project, backed by sponsors Red Bull, which will culminate in a V4 four-stroke machine already under development.

`It is our ultimate aim to be as successful in road racing as in the off-road segment,´ said KTM CEO Stefan Pierer, who was welcomed to MotoGP by Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. `At the beginning it is important for us to get as much experience as possible and to commit talented people to KTM, who then will be heading together with KTM for MotoGP. Ten years ago we were selling 6,000 bikes a year, and last year we sold 62,000. We are convinced we can progress in the same way in MotoGP´.

Mr Ezpeleta added: `It is a real pleasure to welcome KTM to MotoGP. They have a long history in all categories of off-road racing and have been very successful. Hopefully they can transfer this to MotoGP. To have a new manufacturer is very important for our sport and we are very pleased´.

MotoGP, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

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