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KTM increase paddock presence for 2008

KTM increase paddock presence for 2008

KTM will have an increased presence in the World Championship in 2008, with their factory activities being supplemented by new arrangements to supply machinery to several private teams and expansion of their involvement in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

KTM will have an increased presence in the World Championship in 2008, with their factory activities being supplemented by new arrangements to supply machinery to several private teams and expansion of their involvement in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

Making the official announcement of their 2008 plans at the company's headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria, Winfried Kerschhaggl, head of KTM Motor Sports, commented: "In keeping with our well-known policy to be always ‘Ready to Race', we are making a dramatic increase in our international road racing activities for the 2008 season. This indicates our firm commitment to be active and successful in major road racing competition and is aligned with our market move into the road bike sector."

Under the watchful eye of KTM racing director Harald Bartol, the Red Bull KTM 250cc factory team for the new year retains the services of Japan's Hiroshi Aoyama and Finland's Mika Kallio, both race winners in 2007, while Switzerland's Randy Krummenacher remains with the Austrian manufacturers in the 125cc class - as part of a new one-man team configuration.

In a further bid to develop young riding talent KTM will now also begin to support private teams, Konrad Hefele having been appointed to oversee the fledgling relationships with Alberto Puig's new Repsol KTM set-up in both the 125cc and 250cc categories, along with additional new partners Seedorf KTM 125 and Scot Racing Team in the single cylinder class.

Under Puig's guidance, Spain's Julian Simon returns to KTM machinery having contested the 2006 season as a full factory rider for the Austrian mark, with the Repsol KTM racing stable completed in the 125cc championship by two more Spaniards; Esteve Rabat and Marc Marquez. Puig will now also use KTM 125 bikes for his activities in the Rookies program of the MotoGP Academy.

The Seedorf KTM 125 team will comprise popular Japanese rider Tomoyoshi Koyama, a race winner for Red Bull KTM in 2007, and 20-year old Italian Lorenzo Zanetti who will be contesting his fourth full 125cc World Championship season in 2008.

Also in 125cc, the Scot Racing Team line-up consists of another 20-year old Italian rider, Raffaele De Rosa, and 27-year-old Spanish rider Pablo Nieto.

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup expands in 2008, with the European competition continuing and an American series commencing - 23 riders in each series using 46 identical KTM machines in total.

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250cc, 2007

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