The tide is turning and our favourite sport, MotoGP is poised for a vast number of changes that are sure to change the game and the players. The season of 2017 will mark the mandatory usage of the Spec Software supplied by Magnetti Marelli, with all manufacturers to use a same software, the race field will come to more or less same level, and it is said to be cost effective as compared to current rules. Bound to entice newer manufacturers this step by MotoGP should prove beneficial to make the grid more competitive and with more number of makers on the grid would mean a greater depth of rivalry that is always great for the sport.
Now, we are well aware that Aprilia is present as a factory tam in MotoGP and is destined to shift to a full factory prototype in 2016 from the current CRT era bike and sometime back we also informed that KTM has declared its intentions to create a bike for MotoGP which will be sold to teams willing to participate in MotoGP with a KTM machine. KTM has been calling the under development bike as the RC16 and a version of it will be sold to probable customers around a price tag of for €140,000, and it should be a slightly detuned version of the racer for MotoGP which will be a V4 powered race prototype.
In recent interviews the KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has said, that the market for traditional superbikes is decreasing, however, there has been huge demand for collectible niche motorcycles and KTM will be gunning for such elite niche collectors with the street version of the RC16 MotoGP prototype.
Now, after much speculation, the KTM RC16 has finally made its first debut at the Red Bull Ring Circuit and it looks purposeful from the onset. The Bike bears a striking resemblance to the Honda RC213V MotoGP bike. However, the KTM has a steel trellis frame as against the Aluminium twin spar one on the Honda. But, the front intake, swingarm and the exhaust assembly does share some similarities to that of the Honda's beast of a MotoGP powerhouse.
To make sure that the KTM MotoGP project keeps moving towards a right direction, KTM has hired Mika Kallio as a test rider for the KTM RC16MOtoGP Project and having a firsthand experience of MotoGP, Mika Kallio’s input on the KTM RC16 will be of great benefit to the race team developers, however, din the video and the pictures that have originated from the spied outing of the KTM on the Austrian Circuit owned by Red Bull, it seems the bike was ridden by Alex Hofmann, current KTM test rider.
The KTM RC16 should come with specification that will be online with the MotoGP rules and regulations which would mean that the bike will have 17" wheels as against the current 16.5" wheels being used, the reason for it being Michelin wanting to have tyres that will be able to be relatable for the majority of the two wheelers which are sold across the globe. The bike should also feature carbon disc brakes alongwith the top of the line Brembo products. It can also be considered with certainty that the RC16 will see WP Suspension components doing duty on the MotoGP prototype, WP being owned by KTM.
Also, it was interesting to see the Red Bull logo on the RC16's fairing when spied on the circuit which could be meaning that the two local giants from Austria, Red Bull and KTM seems to e working together on the project and this could mean big since these two companies have fared big time through their collaboration in Moto3. Also, add to it. the Red Bull Ring Circuit in Austria is infact as the name suggests owned by Red Bull and will be organizing its first MotoGP race in 2016.
In coming days we are expecting to see more details coming out form the project and it shall be interesting to see what results from this joint effort between these two companies working together, also, how the RC16 grows and is developed against the field it is set to compete in 2017.
As always only time will tell, however, KTM has not put a foot wrong in recent years and creating a bike for MotoGP might just turn out to be a masterstroke!!
Watch the KTM RC16 testing Video below which has been uploaded on Youtube by - 3Gasti3 and Keep your earphones handy, the RC16 sounds amazing!!!