This year KTM won three races (2 with Miguel Oliveria and one with Brad Binder), finished 4th in the constructors’ championship (a handful of points behind Suzuki and Yamaha and ahead of Honda) and, to the sound of results, entered right in the ranks of the best manufacturers, losing concessions for the first time since his entry into MotoGP.
The RC16 is a project that has reached its maturity and the top management of the Austrian company are ready to take the next step: to fight for the world championship.
To declare it, in no uncertain terms, at Speedweek is the CEO of KTM Stefan Pierer: “in 2020 we have achieved and exceeded our goals. We now have a technical basis that allows several drivers to win and be in the top positions and, for the first time, it offers the best opportunities for rookies, as Binder and Lecuona have shown. Already for next year our goal is to fight for the world title and, if possible, win it “.
Pierer is not the only one to think so, Hubert Trunkenpolz, grandson of one of the founders of KTM, wants the same thing.
“I agree with Pierer, at one point the title is the goal. It doesn’t matter which league we participate in, a certain point is what we want– he has declared – I wouldn’t say we won’t have the chance to do that. We are in a good position, with three drivers who have won a race this season: Oliveira, Binder and Petrucci. Miguel and Brad have been around for quite some time, if they want to win the World Championship they will have to do it soon, otherwise it will never happen, there are some dangerous young riders, like Morbidelli, Quartararo, Mir and Rins. If our two guys are fit, I guess they will fight for the title. Pit Beirer also expects a lot from Petrucci “.