KTM quits GP racing

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KTM_Quits_125GP.jpgKTM has announced that it will not field a factory team for the 2010 125GP season, effectively ending its involvement in GP racing. KTM will continue to participate in the Red Bull Rookie’s cup, largely because those machines require no further development and are largely funded by sale of energy drinks made from extract of bovine testicle. The money saved by quitting 125GP will be redirected to campaigning the KTM RC8 R in Superbike racing, but no word of anything outside the German IDM series.
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Thumbing its nose at Dorna, KTM stated:

KTM has decided to adjust its motor sport strategy in the area of road
racing for the coming racing season. As well as an expansion in the
area of youth development programs at both international and national
level, the Austrian sports motorcycle manufacturer is strengthening its
activity in the area of series near motorcycles.

Oh snap. The impetus of that oddly worded paragraph seems to be “near
motorcycles.” Hinting that 125GP in general and Dorna in particular has
lost touch with the kind of motorcycle racing motorcyclists want to
watch.

This effectively leaves 125GP as a promotional tool for Piaggio, which fields bikes under the Aprilia, Gilera and Derbi banners.

This is the latest in a long run of things that KTM has quit, first
there as 250GP, the The Dakar, now this. Is this part of a money saving
strategy or a recognition that road racing, at least at non-MotoGP or
SBK levels, has little impact on sales?

  • Roman

    It seems that alot of manufacturers are putting their eggs in the WSBK basket. BMW, KTM, Kawasaki and (to a lesser degree) Aprilia seem to all be concentrating their road racing resources on WSBK. Not that I’m complaining, should make for some top notch racing next year!

  • TeeJay

    Well, no offense, but they do not really achieved a WC victory. Okay, they won the manufacturers championship because of Talmacsi and Kallio, but since Talmacsi is not there the star of KTM is just falling.

    On the other hand I do not see the potential in the RC8R – of course it is a fine bike, but not the same leage as Ducati, Aprilia, Yamaha and Honda.

    • lfC

      I suggest that before you play a down the Rc8 , you do your re search, also check your spelling, The rc8 r has won 17 out of the 10 races it has entered in the Australian extreme series.

  • TeeJay

    Well, no offense, but they do not really achieved a WC victory. Okay, they won the manufacturers championship because of Talmacsi and Kallio, but since Talmacsi is not there the star of KTM is just falling.

    On the other hand I do not see the potential in the RC8R – of course it is a fine bike, but not the same league as Ducati, Aprilia, Yamaha and Honda.

    • ryan

      You must be looking with closed eyes then.

      The KTM stable is at least on par with ducati and aprilia.

      • http://www.dainese.com DaineseDan

        I wish I could agree with you as I think the RC8 is a brilliant bike as well, but to put it on par with the Aprilia and Ducati is rather blind. KTM has had trouble even developing the RC8 into a succesfull Superstock bike, and has done poorly in German SBK as well. The RSV4 is an amazing machine that has proven itself it’s freshmen year out, and the might of Ducati Corse is menacing in WSBK. I truly hope KTM can develop the RC8 to the point that it is competetive as I really admire the company, but they have one hell of a hill to climb.

  • Marco

    Damn, I didn’t know that every time I drank Red Bull I was swallowing bulljizz…

  • Sean

    Yep. Tasty, tasty bull jizz. Oh, and the RC8? It’s one bad bike. Same power, same weight, innovative features like a plastic tank with integrated sliders, stunning good looks, and KTM engineering to back it all up. Last I heard, the RC8 is dead even with a 1098S.

  • http://muthalovin.com the_doctor

    oh snap indeed. win on sunday, sell on monday has not held true for a long time, but its more likely that KTM will be able to by winning WSBK on sunday rather than 125s. At least in America. Since we can watch WSBK races. Wait…

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/235157/energy_drinks_made_from_bull_testicles.html Corey

    Taurine is in those drinks is not made from bull testes. It is synthetic and vegetarian friendly (like a KTM).

  • Zac

    “energy drinks made from extract of bovine testicle” Actually its synthetic ox bile. Different, but not necessarily better:

    Taurine:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taurine