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Peter Clifford reveals KTM option

Peter Clifford reveals KTM option

Peter Clifford reveals KTM option

The WCM team could use the engine 990cc V4 engine designed by KTM and previously used by Team Roberts in the first half of the 2005 season. The Austrian manufacturer decided to stop its MotoGP project mid-way through the season, a decision which was partly motivated by the announcement of an engine capacity reduction which will be enforced in 2007 and which will see the MotoGP engines sized down to 800cc.

However, several parties manifested interest in taking over the KTM project, as the V4 990cc will still be eligible to race in the premier class in 2006.

The WCM team, which had initially planned to enter a V6 prototype developed by Blata, could use the Austrian V4 for 2006, as team-manager Peter Clifford confirmed that "(they) have been offered the KTM MotoGP engines," stressing that "these are complete and ready to race so there is no need for immediate development."

Even if it's still too early in the pre-season to confirm the team plans for 2006, Clifford indicated that the plan to have two riders. Despite multiple delays in the V6 project, Clifford also commented that "if Blata complete a race ready MotoGP machine, (they) will look at it very seriously."

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MotoGP, 2005

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