For those who watched the Austrian MotoGP, you could not have missed the entire area surrounding the iconic raging bull at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg coloured a very distinct shade of ORANGE! KTM race goers that came out for the Project RC16 unveiling were treated to sensational weather and the spine-tingling experience of being part of an 8000-strong KTM family supporting the brands iconic return to MotoGP.
General Manager of KTM Australia Jeff Leisk has seen a fair few milestones for the KTM brand in the past 20 years. Championships won both nationally and internationally, the introduction of sensational new generation models and the first Australian to win the Dakar.
The return of KTM to the pinnacle of motorsport competition – the MotoGP – was the logical next step for the company that is READY TO RACE. And for Jeff, being present at the official public unveiling was something that sent chills down his spine.
“It was a great experience to be a part of,” Jeff states. “Seeing the sea of ORANGE and all the support for the KTM brand. MotoGP fans have such passion and KTM fans have that same passion, so for them to be able to cheer for KTM at the highest level of motorsport racing, it’s great.”
With around 200,000 people through the gates over the 3 days of MotoGP action, the unveiling of the RC16 at the Austrian #HomeGP was embraced enthusiastically by fans.
Since Alex Hoffman first rode the KTM RC16, nine and a half months have passed, with nine development tests taking place. In 2017 KTM will have a presence in all classes of the sport from Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to Moto3 and Moto2, right up to the premiere class of the world championship series, the MotoGP.
And now that we’ve had a taste of cheering the KTM RC16 around a MotoGP circuit – – we can’t wait for the wildcard entry at Valencia, the final round of 2016 in November. The orange family is certainly READY TO RACE!
The KTM BLOG takes a closer look at the #AustrianGP !
THE DOUBLE MOTOGP COMEBACK
Last weekend, the Red Bull Ring played host to two comebacks at once. Austria is back on the MotoGP calendar. And KTM presented its MotoGP plan for 2017. The Red Bull Ring, formerly known as the Österreichring, was the perfect stage for both.
HARDCORE MOTOGP FANS FROM HARTFORD
They’d been waiting for this Austrian Grand Prix, their home race, so very eagerly. Fritz Dorn and his 130-man troop are a special kind of MotoGP fans. Hard-drinking? You bet. But creative too. A visit to the campground at the Red Bull Ring.