It seems that KTM is taking MotoGP’s new Moto3 class seriously.
Not only has the Austrian manufacturer developed a new motorcycle from scratch for the 250cc four-stroke series, they’ve also signed three riders to a factory team.
The riders are a mix of youth and experience; 21-year-old Sandro Cortese already has seven years of experience in racing 125GP, finishing fourth in the standings last season. The team’s other two riders, Arthur Sissis and Danny Kent, are both in their teens and graduates of the Rookies Cup series.
We’ve known for a few months that KTM is planning to build more small bikes in the future and now it looks as if they’ll have a strong Moto3 presence – they’re also working with engineering firm Kalex to help them build a bike for the series, and the Red Bull AJO team is also going to run KTM’s bikes in the series. With the technology KTM should acquire through this venture, they could soon be building some pretty hot 250s or 350s for the street.