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KTM set for 250 debut at Donington

KTM set for 250 debut at Donington

KTM set for 250 debut at Donington

Austrian manufacturer KTM will make its 250cc Grand Prix debut in this weekend's British Grand Prix. The team sat out the first half of the season in order to carry out a proper development schedule instead of rushing the debut of the bike, and team director Harald Bartol is now confident ahead of the racing debut of the new quarter litre machine.

"The bike went very well in the first test we had two weeks ago at Vallelunga and from what we learned we were able to develop a few things," said Bartol on the eve of the British Grand Prix weekend.

"It's still too early to talk about the performance of the bike and I'm looking forward to this weekend's Grand Prix to see where we are, but anyway I'm confident about the potential of the bike. Moreover, Anthony [West] may need some time to get up to the speed again after a long break."

Two-stroke guru Bartol chose a very distinct path compared to the rival factories. While Aprilia and Honda have V2 engines, the 250cc KTM is powered by an innovative inline bicylinder.

"We went for a different architecture compared to the other 250cc manufacturers, with an inline bicylinder. The usual Vs have some advantages, but I believe our engine can deliver more power," explained Bartol. "We are now working with two different firing orders and we'll see with time which path we take to develop the bike."

Australian rider Anthony West is in charge of the development of the bike and said he was confident about the potential of the machine, after giving positive feedback about it to his new crew.

"I'm really happy to be back and finally starting to work with KTM. Things went very well in our first test session and now I can't wait for our first Grand Prix," said West, who rode for privateer teams at le Mans and Mugello.

"I had a very good feeling straight away with the bike, there wasn't any major flaw with the engine or the chassis. The handling of the bike is really good, it's really easy to ride and the engine has a lot of potential. The whole thing came together very well, I'm also pleased with the team, we get along very well."


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