The 2022 season marks KTM’s sixth season in MotoGP, having made its debut again in 2017.
From 2019 the Austrian model has fielded 4 bikes on the grid for its manufacturing facility squad and Herve Poncharal’s Tech3 group.
In what was a largely tough yr for KTM in 2021, it nonetheless registered two victories courtesy of manufacturing facility group riders Miguel Oliveira on the Catalan GP and Brad Binder – who gained the Austrian GP after boldly staying out on slicks within the moist ultimate laps of the race.
Nevertheless, KTM solely managed 5 extra factors throughout an 18-round 2021 over its tally from the 14-round 2020 marketing campaign – through which it gained three races – on its technique to fifth within the constructors’ standings, solely beating Aprilia and ending up 152 factors adrift of champions Ducati.
On Thursday in a joint presentation in Austria, KTM pulled the covers off of its manufacturing facility and Tech3 bike liveries – which stay largely the identical as its predecessors.
Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing and KTM Tech3 bikes livery
Picture by: KTM Pictures
Binder and Oliveira stay on the manufacturing facility group, whereas Tech3 discipline an all-rookie line-up of Moto2 world champion Remy Gardner and runner-up Raul Fernandez.
KTM’s administration has additionally had a reshuffle within the low season, with former Pramac group boss Francesco Guidotti changing Mike Leitner as group supervisor for the manufacturing facility squad.
“2021 was essentially the most profitable motorsport season ever in our group. It’s wonderful what we now have carried out in a single yr within the street racing paddock: profitable the Moto3 world championship and the Moto2 world championship and ending sixth in MotoGP,” KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer stated.
“It’s super-motivating for all the things sooner or later.
“Once you begin a challenge like this in MotoGP you wish to win a race someday and to say that sounds fairly easy however to really do it’s such an unbelievable effort from so many individuals concerned.
“We did it. It’s on paper, however we additionally needed to be taught it the exhausting approach; you win one weekend in that class however the subsequent weekend you might be preventing to qualify for Q2 as a result of it’s simply so tight.
“The goal for us now could be to be there constantly each weekend, get in that prime 5 and struggle for the rostrum on the finish of season standings.
“That have to be the objective for this season. I do know it’s a very excessive one as a result of the opposite producers have bold targets as properly however we’re robust now: we now have the group, the bottom, the bike and we now have the riders.”
As did the remainder of the grid, KTM started its preparations for 2022 within the two-day November post-season check at Jerez.
Gardner – who broke his wrist in a coaching accident earlier this month, however ought to be prepared for the Sepang check subsequent week – and Fernandez could have three additional days from 31 January to 2 February to check the RC16 within the shakedown, which is open to rookies, check riders and Aprilia riders owing to the marque nonetheless working as a concession producer.
Pre-season testing correct begins on 5-6 February at Sepang, earlier than three days of working in Indonesia on the new Mandalika observe on 11 -13 February.