KTM spreads Moto3™ technology to feeder classes

Monday, 11 March 2013

The Moto3™ class is only a year old in the World Championship, but has already made a major impact in terms of racing action and excitement. And with a raft of future talent just waiting in the wings for their chance at the big time, KTM is making sure demand is being met.

The Austrian company has produced a run of 40 RC250R machines, a replica of Sandro Cortese’s winning bike in 2012, at its plant in Mattighofen, to be sold to teams in such feeder championships as the Spanish CEV, the Italian CIV, the German IDM and Britain’s BSB.

Senior Engineer Wolfgang Felber explains that the difference between this production racer and the actual Moto3™ bike used in the Grand Prix comes from the little details. "The GP bike for example runs with the regulation enforced Dell’Orto electronics unit, has a different Akrapovic exhaust system, magnesium wheels, and modified brakes, as well as WP factory suspension parts, which help save more weight."

The so-called RC250R will however not just be used in local championships, but also in another feeder class to the world stage, the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Championship. Parts for 27 further bikes are sent to the Rookies Cup HQ near Barcelona in Spain in unassembled form, to give the mechanics in the series a good chance to familiarize themselves with the machines.

This means that up to 67 KTM Moto3 racers will be competing around the world in the hope to find the names of the future for MotoGP™. Competition will be fierce from the likes of Honda, Suter and Kalex, yet this should only push the young series to new levels of competitiveness and entertainment.

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