News 22 Feb 2016

KTM continues RC16 MotoGP development

Kallio, Hofmann and de Puniet on track in Spain.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

The KTM MotoGP Factory Racing Team has carried out further testing of its RC16 MotoGP machine at Jerez in Spain, with official factory test riding trio Mika Kallio, Alex Hofmann and Randy de Puniet.

Held in difficult conditions, it was the first time of the year that KTM has held MotoGP evaluations, including the addition of ex-Suzuki MotoGP team test rider de Puniet.

“Unfortunately this time we had less luck with the weather, but we still made good use of the changing conditions to work at the circuit for the first time with both of our crews and partly also under time pressure,” explained Mike Leitner, KTM MotoGP consultant.

“We gathered our first experience in the wet and were therefore able to take important steps in matters of the electronics and ride-ability. Randy de Puniet gave us very important input for the further development of the KTM RC16 on the third and last day, which was in the dry.”

De Puniet said: “As I haven’t sat on MotoGP machine for more than a year, I immediately felt very good on the bike. As usual we first adjusted it to suit my personal needs. Then in the short time left we tried a few things with the electronics. We are now well prepared for the next test in a few weeks.”

The KTM MotoGP Factory Racing Team will use the short time up until the next test at the beginning of March to further develop both of the KTM RC16 bikes and make the preparations for their next laps.