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Old 10-17-2008, 05:20 AM   #1
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KTM Pulls Out Of 250 GP

This just in from KTM:

KTM Factory Road Racing Team to focus on 125 class in 2009

KTM reopens activities in the 125cc Grand Prix factory team for 2009. Official withdrawal from the 250 cc World Championship.

KTM is focusing its efforts on the 125 cc Grand Prix class for the future of the road racing world championship. The Red Bull KTM Team, under the technical leadership of constructor Harald Bartol, will be a newly formed factory squad.

Next to the Spanish youngster Marc Marquez, American Cameron Beaubier, the successful protégé of the KTM MotoGP Academy, will be officially appointed to compete for the Mattighofen (Austria) factory. A further developed version of the 125 FRR will be deployed as a replacement motorcycle.

"We have decided for the GP 125 cc class because contrary to the 250 cc class, its existence is secured in the medium to long term", said Winfried Kerschhaggl, head of KTM Racing.

The company, which has for years encouraged the next generation with intensive activities in offroad and road racing activities, thus re-affirms this strong and long-term commitment to the smallest cubic capacity within the world championship competition.
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:09 AM   #2
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With the 600s coming, it makes sense to pull the plug and save some resources. I hate it, but it makes sense.
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Does anyone know why they are killing the 250 class instead of the 125?

It doesn't make that much sense to me to jump from 125 to 600.

250, 600 and 800 cc make more sense to me.
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Originally Posted by ileono918 View Post
Does anyone know why they are killing the 250 class instead of the 125?

It doesn't make that much sense to me to jump from 125 to 600.

250, 600 and 800 cc make more sense to me.
This is how I understand the situation:

DORNA is talking about replacing the prototype 2-stroke 250's for production based 4-stroke 600's in the GP series. The chassis would still be prototype.

KTM does not have a production based 600 and I am guessing that they are also making a statement by refusing to play.

For the time being 2 stroke 125's are staying in the series. So the career of new GP riders would be starting out in the Red Bull Series, then get a 125 ride and so forth. The reason to keep the 125's is to allow for rider development. The smaller bikes are excellent for teaching corner speed and set up skills. Both very important skills for future MotoGP talent.
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