READY TO RACE is no mere tag line for KTM; these are the words that the Austrian company abides by in everything it does. The READY TO RACE claim was born in the dirt, where its products claimed title after title on motocross tracks, indoor arenas, enduro courses and, of course, the Dakar Rally. 2017 has been no different to any other year, with Sam Sunderland kicking the year off in style, becoming the first British rider to win the Dakar event and extending KTM’s unbeaten record in the Rally to an almost unbelievable 16 years. Ryan Dungey, Antonio Cairoli and Pauls Jonass then each scored championship wins, further cementing KTM’s reputation on the rough stuff.
2017 has, however, differed to other years in one crucial arena – MotoGP. KTM has form in the series, winning races and titles in the 125cc/Moto3 championship since 2003, supplying engines to the Kenny Roberts Proton KR team in 2005, and taking nine wins in the 250cc championship between 2005 and 2008. But 2017 saw KTM’s presence in the MotoGP championship grow massively, by supplying machinery for the Red Bull Rookies championship, competing in the white hot heat of the Moto3 series, debuting a stunning new machine in Moto2 and unveiling the new RC16 machine to compete in MotoGP in the hands of Pol Espargaro and Britain’s own Bradley Smith. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team’s freshman’s year has been tough, but the teams, riders and machinery have met the challenge head on, competing against the world’s finest and making progress with every revolution of the RC16’s wheels.
KTM is proud to present Sam Sunderland’s KTM 450 Rally, Antonio Cairoli’s KTM 450 SX and Jonny Walker’s KTM 300 EXC on its main stand, but to celebrate KTM’s presence in MotoGP, the firm is assembling all of its weapons in each class as a separate feature stand for Motorcycle Live visitors to enjoy and appreciate – proving that now, more than ever, that KTM is a manufacturer that truly is READY TO RACE.