2nd place on MotoGP (an impressive position, considering over a third of the 2022 GP grid was Team Red), is accompanied this year by an additional six World Champ titles won for KTM in MX2 Motocross (Tom Vialle), Hard Enduro (Manuel Lettenbichler), Flat Track (Gerard Bailo) and Moto2 (Augusto Fernandez).
Bottom line, it’s obvious KTM means business; question is, what’s next in store for KTM as a brand?
Given the recent debut of the brand’s insane supersport RC8C, we’re thinking a win in MotoGP is a big short-term goal, second only to increasing distribution of their bikes on a global scale. They’re here to show off “purity of design and uncompromising function” as a priority, with any titles won being a cause-and-effect perk of that equation.
Expect to see the Austrians hard at work as 2023’s season fast approaches; 2022’s quadruple-category monopoly may have been a big achievement for Team Orange, but we’re expecting more for 2023 – especially given their recent activity with Chinese brand CFMoto.
Stay tuned for updates, drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as always – stay safe on the twisties.
Prima Pramac Racing’s Johann Zarco made it a French one-two while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) was back on the podium, profiting from a collision between Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in the podium scrap, after his winning exploits in Argentina a few weeks beforehand. Despite missing out on the top three, Suzuki’s Alex Rins put in the ride of the day, and arguably the season so far, by coming from the back of the grid at lights out to claim P4.
Others present included 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Champion Alvaro Bautista as he celebrated his WorldSBK title and represented another Ducati success, as well as 2022 Finetwork FIM JuniorGP™ Champion Jose Antonio Rueda. Rueda made history as the first rider to take that crown and win the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2022, and he’ll move into the Moto3™ World Championship next year.
Jonathan Rea statements after Jerez Winter Test: “It has been a very worthwhile test because we had to make decisions on some ‘hard’ parts for the off season, so that we can start in a good way next year. We just had three or four of these important items to say yes or no on. Riding the 2023 bike is good. There are some areas we need to improve, because we are still doing the early work, especially from the electronics side. But step-by-step we will put the package together. The track was never in perfect shape as there were still some damp patches out there but we were able to make some decisions. I am happy to go into the off season healthy and happy. I look forward to a few weeks holiday now.” Source: Jonathan Rea On Facebook
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Got to ride my 2023 bike today. Even the track wasn’t perfect we have been able start working for next season. Thanks to all my team for the big effort. Now some holidays for me!
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