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KTM completes successful Spanish test

KTM completes successful Spanish test

KTM completes successful Spanish test

Almost a month after Mika Kallio's win in the final round of the 2005 World Championship season at Valencia, the Red Bull KTM team were back on track last weekend at the Almeria circuit, in Spain. Alongside 125cc riders Mika Kallio and Julian Simon, Manuel Poggiali made his debut on the Austrian manufacturer's 250cc machine, starting preparations ahead of his return to the quarter-litre class.

"We tested at the Almeria circuit, working with the 125 and the 250 bikes, with Mika and Julian on one side, and Manuel on the other testing the 250cc bike for the first time," explained Harald Bartol, the team's managing and technical director.

"For a first test things went pretty well with Manuel, he was happy with the work we did. Basically, we just did some set-up work on our new chassis and he also tested some new engine parts," continued Bartol. "Manuel also had the opportunity to try last season's bike to make back-to-back tests and it was pretty interesting to compare the two machines."

While Poggiali, who will team-up with GP winner Hiroshi Aoyama next season, completed his first run on the 250cc KTM, Kallio and Simon worked on the development of the impressive RRF 125, the most successful machine in the 125cc class last year with eight wins.

"Some new material was available for Mika and Julian - some engine parts, but mainly a new chassis," revealed Bartol. "Both riders tried it and the outcome of the test was positive. That's basically the chassis we will use next year. Things look pretty good but we'll now have to wait until January so we can test new components."

The manager of the 125cc Team Champion also confirmed that two other KTM machines would join the minor class next year. While Kallio and Simon will spearhead the factory team, Michael Ranseder and Stefan Bradl will ride for the KTM Junior Team, now ready for a full-scale World Championship effort.

"Next year, the team will line-up Mika and Julian, while the Junior Team, which entered a few Grand Prix last season and also competed in the Spanish Championship, is set for a full World Championship campaign in 2006, with Michael Ranseder and Stefan Bradl."

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