KTM signals Moto3 entry with an exclusive motor

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

KTM signaled its return to top level road racing with a new engine designed exclusively for the Moto3 category. The motor draws all on the power and experience of the company’s proven research and development expertise and experience of the KTM Racing Department.

KTM’s return to the new MotoGP Moto3 class and the development of the engine by KTM engineer Wolfgang Felber and his team is supported by a strong partnership with KALEX Engineering of Southern Germany, the company that will be the exclusive chassis manufacturer for the KTM engine. The constructor of the newly unveiled M32 racing motor is Kurt Trieb, who among other important tasks was responsible for the construction of the KTM MotoGP V4 motor.

KTM’s exclusive partnership with KALEX Engineering represents a joint combination of skills and passion to develop two different but parallel concepts for the 250cc single cylinder four-stroke bike. The fully Mattighofen developed KTM machine will feature an innovative KTM frame, and will be in the hands of Ajo Motorsport headed by experienced Finn Aki Ajo, while the KALEX-KTM machine is being offered to various customer teams.

The ‘made in Austria’ road racing bikes are no strangers to the MotoGP paddock. KTM competed in the 125cc and 250cc classes until these categories were phased out in favour of Moto2 - and subsequently from 2012 - the Moto3 classes. In fact, KTM has continued a presence in the paddock through its ongoing commitment to the highly successful Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup competition. KTM supplies the 125 RR bikes for the youngest competitors in international level road racing as they launch their careers.

KTM has already proven their expertise in the smaller MotoGP categories. The company not only has a Manufacturer’s World title to its credit in the small bike category, it is also proud to have played an important role in nurturing young riders of the caliber of Casey Stoner, Mika Kallio, Hiroshi Aoama and Marc Marquez who all competed for the KTM factory team. By returning to competition in Moto3, KTM also signals its passion to continue to support talented young riders, a core value of the company’s philosophy.

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer:
“We are pleased to return to the MotoGP paddock with a product that reflects the all engineering and technological development expertise that has earned our brand 203 world titles. But we are also passionate about supporting talented young riders - not only because of KTM’s racing DNA but also because they represent the future of top level motorsports.”

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