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By Swiss Innovative KTM

Lowes and Lecuona ready for 2018

A new challenge awaits the Swiss Innovative KTM team

Swiss Innovative KTM riders Sam Lowes and Iker Lecuona will fly the colours of the team on their brand new KTM in 2018, a bike that finished on the podium twelve times last year including three wins in the last three races of the 2017 calendar.

Lowes, the 2013 World Supersport Champion, has been a regular contender for the title since his first steps in the intermediate class back in 2014. With eleven podiums and eight pole positions, the Brit will come back to Moto2™ after a difficult year in the premier class – looking to take the crown. With him, 18-year-old Iker Lecuona is about to take part in his second year on the world stage. Despite a hectic season and several injuries, the Spanish rider quickly adapted to the KTM during the first winter tests last November.

The team will also contest the European Moto2™ Championship in the FIM CEV Repsol with Jesko Raffin, Champion in the category in 2014, and will compete in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship with Pedro Acosta, who has just won the Spanish Pre-Moto3™ title.

“Since the beginning of our adventure, we have always taken risks and moved forward,” says Fred Corminboeuf, Team Principal. “For example, we were among the first to choose WP suspension in 2014. We have noticed that the WP-KTM relationship works wonderfully and it seemed logical to join KTM for the 2018 season. I am convinced that we will be able to keep our title contender status with Sam Lowes and Iker Lecuona, two talented riders. Behind them, we will do our utmost to achieve this goal we have missed over the past two years. The team will also compete in both CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship and Moto2 European Championship. Pedro Acosta, a young Spaniard just crowned champion in Pre-Moto3, will be flying our colours in Moto3, while Jesko Raffin tries to grab the crown he already won in 2014.”