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KTM to contest 250cc series in 2005

KTM to contest 250cc series in 2005

KTM to contest 250cc series in 2005

After making steady progress since their debut in the 125cc class last season, Austrian manufacturer KTM have announced plans to contest the 250cc World Championship in 2005. Stefan Pierer, managing director of KTM Sportmotorcycle AG, confirmed the factory's plans, stressing that the first season would be for development.

"It is very clear that we have a lot of work in front of us to prepare a competitive bike within the next six months," explained Pierer. "Nobody can build a winning bike behind closed doors, so we will follow our successful philosophy of developing bikes under the hardest conditions. This can only be in the World Championship."

Whilst negotiations with possible riders are still at a very early stage, Pierer added that he was hopeful of persuading Australian youngster Casey Stoner to remain with the factory after an impressive first year with them in the minor class. "At the moment it looks like Casey Stoner is committed to developing this project along with KTM," he said.

Concerning the continuation of their 125cc effort, Pierer added: "Following the entry season in 2003 and our success this year, we want to fight for the World Championship crown in 2005. At the moment we have not defined the riders that will take to the 125cc start line."

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250cc, 2004

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