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KTM up for 250cc title challenge in 2007

KTM up for 250cc title challenge in 2007

KTM up for 250cc title challenge in 2007

The KTM team have their sights firmly set on 2007, where they have the aim of challenging for both the 125cc and 250cc titles. Team Manager Harald Bartol gave an exclusive interview to this week to talk about the teams future chances and present form.

How did it feel to have two winners at the last Grand Prix?

Winning in Japan was a very special thing, seeing as it's the home for many tyre factories. To win in the two categories was a one-off, and I feel very proud, most of all for the team. Our bike is entirely self-built and developed, and in a short space of time we've made them into winners. We are in a constant state of development.

A few days after the race you confirmed that Koyama would sign for the KTM 125cc team. What qualities do you see in the young Japanese rider?

Koyama attracted my attention last year when I saw him fighting amongst a lead group at a couple of races. He has shown a lot of potential, he has a great attitude and fantastic riding spirit, so I think he'll fit in perfectly with our bike and team. I have a lot of hope for him.

As regards the KTM Junior team, we will announce shortly the riders who will join us, under the guidance of KTM Sportmotorcycles CEO Stefan Pierer.

How do you assess the development and results of Hiroshi Aoyama en his first year with the team?

Our relationship is working perfectly. Hiroshi has done an enormous amount of work for the 250cc project. His experience has given us valuable information every step of the way this season.

What are your expectations for 2007 in the 250cc category? A title fight is surely on the cards…

I sincerely believe that we are going to have a clear chance of fighting for the quarter litre title next season.

250cc, 2006

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