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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.

Kal­lio in ac­tion on the KTM dur­ing a pri­vate test at Va­len­cia

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