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KTM to cease MotoGP engine supply

KTM to cease MotoGP engine supply

KTM to cease MotoGP engine supply

Austrian motorcycle company KTM has announced that it is no longer in a position to act as engine supplier to Team Roberts in the MotoGP World Championship. The decision was taken after careful consideration by KTM management but does not impact on KTM's participation in other FIM Road Racing categories.

KTM Chief Executive Officer, Mr Stefan Pierer, has confirmed that the company will continue to enter factory teams in the 125cc and 250cc world championships.

In 2006, the KTM 250cc team will be expanded to a two rider squad following the successful debut of the new machine which finished second on the podium at last month's British Grand Prix.

And KTM's three-rider 125cc grand prix team is currently dominating that championship, with three riders in the top six of the points. KTM have won five of the nine GPs so far this season.

The decision to end the supply of the KTM 990cc, V4 engine is based on a number of factors, including the change to the new 800cc MotoGP engine regulations in 2007. For 2005 KTM's sole aim was to be an engine supplier to a fully operational team. The company's primary interest was engine supply, and not to support a factory-backed KTM MotoGP team.

Team Roberts were free to raise additional sponsorship and funding for the project. KTM recognises that this undertaking has not been an easy task. To assist the project further KTM made available significant, and additional funding, over and above the cost of engine supply.

KTM contracted and paid team rider Shane ‘Shakey' Byrne and agreed to fund the supply of Michelin tyres for the MotoGP season. KTM's current budgets do allow for any request for funding over and above these three key areas -engine supply, rider contract and cost of tyres.

KTM management also considered the impact of short-term investment in further development of the 990cc motor, which would become extinct at the end of the 2006 season. For 2007, another significant investment would be required for an all-new 800cc motor for the MotoGP championship.

For these reasons, and in an effort to focus on their 125 and 250 GP projects, KTM has decided to cease MotoGP engine supply. In light of the new 800cc regulations any future involvement in MotoGP will be taken after a further assessment of the competition requirements best suited for the promotion of the KTM brand.

MotoGP, 2005

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