The CEO of KTM, Stefan Pierer has confirmed KTM's presence in 2017 MotoGP season. KTM will start testing the 1,000cc V4 RC16 from May 2015 and roll out the first variant by September 2015. The bike will be made available to the lesser mortals and will be priced somewhere between €1,50,000 and €2,00,000 (Rs. 1.22 crores and Rs. 1.63 crores). Pierer also expressed his desire to have Stefan Bradl as one of the team's racers as Germany is a very important market for the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer.
KTM's return to the premier class after almost a decade (KTM supplied engines to Team Roberts in 2005) is a good thing for most of the MotoGP fans including us. Suzuki is also returning to the MotoGP in 2015 and Aprilia in 2016, and with KTM's arrival in 2017 the things will just get tougher and tougher.
Red Bull's involvement also cannot be ruled out from this development as both the companies are from Austria and Red Bull has been a partner in a number of motorcycling events KTM takes part in including the world famous Dakar rally. Well, it seems that KTM has finally taken 'Ready To Race' seriously.