News 18 Oct 2016

KTM Factory Racing's extensive MotoGP test schedule complete

Next stop Valencia for wildcard race appearance with Kallio.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing has completed its final test with the RC16 MotoGP bike in Spain prior to a wildcard entry at Valencia’s grand prix next month.

Regular test rider and wildcard entrant Mika Kallio rode the bike at the Valencia circuit last week for its 12th test of the year, where the team made further developments on the motorcycle throughout three days of testing.

Kallio explained that there are still further improvements to be made, however he feels they are at a good level after being able to gauge off Ducati, who were also present throughout the test.

“Everyone in the team can really be proud about the work this year but in motorsport we never really reach the finish,” he said. “Luckily we can see that there are still many possibilities for improvements. I would say our level is good.”

“With Ducati here we had a good reference again but the race will show us where we really are. Naturally I’ll be pushing even more with the fans at the circuit and riding with all our competition but our goal must be to see the finish line.”

The Finnish rider is maintaining a realistic outlook for the RC16’s racing debut, admitting that outside pressure for them to perform will be high, although concentrating on making further developments on the motorcycle is what ultimately needs to be achieved.

“Perhaps we could even pick up one or other point, and when everything goes perfectly maybe even a bit more is possible. Our own demands are extremely high and so are the expectations from outside but we have to be realistic, and we have to continue to concentrate on our work,” he added.

The Valencia grand prix will mark KTM’s first racing appearance in the prestigious MotoGP category before making a fulltime assault on the series in 2017 with riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro.