KTM has come to MotoGP to stay. The signing of the austrian, who for several seasons he probed her entry in the category queen, has landed in the premier class at a time that is conducive to regulatory level. In 2017, KTM will compete with two RC16 officers piloted by Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith, although the structure is headed by Stefan Pierer has confirmed that one of his major goals is to have at least two bikes satellite in 2018, thus fulfilling the fast track one of the premises of Dorna and that passes through each of the six manufacturers present in MotoGP with two motorcycle officers and two satellite to form a bracket 24 bikes.
After an intense testing program in 2016 and to formalize its entry in MotoGP this year with two KTM RC16, program you can add Mika Kallio with a third bike in a timely manner as ‘wild card’, Stefan Pierer has made it clear that KTM wants to expand its presence in the premier class in 2018: “In the first year, we focused on the factory team, but we have a five-year contract with Dorna, and we have agreed that in the second year, as we will provide material and bikes to a private team. That is our two-year plan view, while we want to fight for the podiums as much in three years”.
At present, MotoGP has 23 motorcycles and six manufacturers, although KTM, Suzuki and Aprilia at the moment, only have factory bikes. This condition is fully compensated by the presence of up to eight Ducati thanks to the team of the factory of Borgo Panigale and the private teams Pramac Racing Avintia Racing and Aspar Team. In this aspect, if KTM happens to have two bikes satellite in 2018, will take the lead to Suzuki and Aprilia, who joined MotoGP in 2015 and 2016 and yet they have not drawn any plans to have bikes that are managed by private structures.