KTM CEO confirms entry into 2017 MotoGP

KTM to enter with 1000cc V4 called the RC16

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has said KTM will be racing in MotoGP by 2017 on a 1000cc V4 machine called the RC16.

Speaking to Speedweek, he explained they plan to test the V4 engine in May 2015 and have the first roll out of the RC16 by Autumn that year. The bike will then be available to purchase by the end of 2016 after a year’s testing.

Pierer said the RC16 will likely cost between €150,000 and €200,000 but still expects to sell up to 100 a year.

Speaking of which rider could become part of the 2017 KTM MotoGP project, Pierer hinted that Stefan Bradl certainly wasn’t one to dismiss, saying that Germany is the main market in Europe and if he has Honda experience, all the better.

Information is thin on the ground right now but KTM UK has told us a press release revealing more details will soon be released.