BIGG IN MOTOGP
already able to put in very many laps without any problems gives us a lot of motivation for the next steps in this long journey towards our entry in 2017.”
It may not take until 2017 before the machine sees a race track in anger, though, with KTM suggesting after the success of the Valencia test that the team may in fact make a wildcard appearance at the final round of 2016, most likely with Kallio onboard.
And with many of the top names in the sport up for grabs in 2017, it seems to be a fortuitous time for the team to be producing strong results on track.
Already linked to a number of names in the paddock, possibly the most surprising rumour is Honda man Dani Pedrosa’s interest in the project. Already linked by sponsor Red Bull, the experienced Spaniard would be an ideal rider to help KTM develop their new machine into a race winner.
But with Pedrosa tipped to be a dark horse for title glory in 2016 as many of his rivals fear that changes to tyres and electronics may well play into his hands, it could well be that his performances see him remain with Repsol Honda.
And with top satellite riders like Bradley Smith admitting that the factory ride would be a tempting option, KTM are set to be well-placed in terms of riders for their Motogp debut.