KTM no stranger to GP glory
KTM might be coming into Motogp for the first time with their own full factory programme, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the manufacturer’s first foray into on-road racing – or even into Motogp!
KTM decide to make their debut in the 125GP class for the 2003 season, and are rewarded with their first win by one Casey Stoner at the 2004 Malaysian Grand Prix.
The team expand into the 250GP class – and Anthony West takes second place at Donington Park at the team’s very first wildcard race appearance. They also supply engines to Kenny Roberts’ Team KR, with Shane Byrne taking a single point from nine races until the two companies unexpectedly split on the eve of the Czech Grand Prix.
KTM take their first manufacturers’ title, with Mika Kallio, Gábor Talmácsi and Julián Simón all contributing victories to a 30-point title victory over 250 class veterans Honda and Aprilia.
KTM leave the world championship at the end of the 250GP era and at the height of the global economic crash, with an impressive record of 22 victories, 46 podiums and 19 pole positions.
KTM return for the inaugural Moto3 championship, and take both the riders and manufacturers’ title with Sandro Cortese and new partner Ajo Motorsport.
KTM dominate Moto3, taking a clean sweep of every single victory and the top four spots in the title, as Maverick Viñales takes the championship from Álex Rins and Luis Salom.
The Austrian manufacturer reveals plans to make their debut in both Motogp and Moto2 in 2017, testing the RC16 for the first time and revealing the Moto2 machine built alongside suspension partners WP.