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Bartol assesses new KTM working method

Bartol assesses new KTM working method

KTM boss Harald Bartol has seen his factory take the early advantage in two tests on Spanish soil in 2008, with Mika Kallio a particular standout in the 250cc class.

KTM boss Harald Bartol has seen his factory take the early advantage in two tests on Spanish soil in 2008, with Mika Kallio a particular standout in the 250cc class. The Austrian spoke to motogp.com in Valencia, typically a KTM-friendly circuit, to give his thoughts on the pre-season so far and the new teams supported by the factory.

"I'm quite pleased with our development on the chassis side especially. In Valencia we are always fast, but Jerez (where Kallio topped the quarter litre timesheets) was very important for me," noted Bartol, who did however refuse to get carried away in his appraisal.

"The most important thing is to be ahead at the first race; at the test you don't know who is doing what out of our rivals. At the moment things seem to be going well."

New additions to the KTM umbrella come mostly in the 125cc category, where bikes are outsourced to the likes of the Repsol-backed team run and Alberto Puig. Bartol is aiming to create parity between all teams and riders, aware of the difficulties that some of the new additions are facing.

"For the new riders it has been a very short time for them to get prepared. The bikes were late in being ready, but we look at the times people like (Tomoyoshi) Koyama and the little guy from Repsol (Marc Marquez) are doing and they are already going fast."

"I know that we still have something to develop on the chassis side of things, but at the moment all the bikes are going to be the same," concluded the experienced boss.

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250cc, 2008

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