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No KTM participation in 125cc World Championship in 2010

No KTM participation in 125cc World Championship in 2010

Austrian manufacturer KTM has overhauled its racing policy, and will continue to focus its efforts on the Red Bull Rookies Cup.

KTM has decided to overhaul its strategy on asphalt for next season, with an expansion in its youth development area and a reinforced commitment to its motorcycle racing projects. The manufacturer has confirmed however that it will not continue with a factory team in the 125cc MotoGP World Championship category.

KTM will next season maintain its strong focus on its supported programme, the Red Bull Rookies Cup, in its quest to continue aiding the development of potential future MotoGP riders as they prepare for racing careers on KTM 125cc machines.

In conjunction with Red Bull, KTM has devised an ideal infrastructure to be able to do this, and the Red Bull KTM factory will continue with its current commitment until the end of the present season, with riders Marc Marquez and Cameron Beaubier both being supported until the end of the 2009 campaign.

The Austrian manufacturer won the manufacturers’ World Championship title in the 125cc class in 2005, and has recorded 22 victories, 46 podium finishes and 19 pole positions in both the 125cc and 250cc classes.

Harald Bartol will continue as technical chief for KTM, supporting Marquez and Beaubier as well as bikes in other national and international championships.

“The current situation in motorcycle racing and in the entire industry has resulted in us adapting our motor sport strategy on asphalt,” the KTM Motorsport Department commented. “KTM has made a conscious decision concerning the topic of youth development. We will continue to maintain this by providing maximum support and training for young talent, also in difficult times. At the same time we must be responsible for fielding saleable KTM street bikes in competition. Strengthening the racing activity around our street Superbike, the RC8 R is a logical step.”

125cc, 2009, Red Bull KTM Moto Sport

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