KTM no stranger to GP glory

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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.

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