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KTM in grand prix racing: 2003-2009

24 November 2009

Having withdrawn from the 250cc class at the end of last season, KTM suffered a disappointing end to its 125cc grand prix project when Marc Marquez was bumped off track while battling for a podium on the last lap of the Valencia finale.

“I planned to make a final dash for a podium finish. But then, Olive and I touched, and I crashed. I am very disappointed, because I so desperately wanted to give the team a good result on their final race,” said the 16-year old, who crossed the finish line in 17th place.

"This was a sad end,” added team director Harald Bartol. “It's a pity that Marc crashed out of a promising position in his home race after touching another rider, but these things happen in racing. He's got great talent though, and I'm sure that he will make his way to the top in motorcycle racing.”

KTM won the 125cc Manufacturers' title in 2005, but never won a Riders' title - finishing runner-up with Mika Kallio in the 125cc class in both 2005 and 2006. KTM's highest placed 250cc rider was also Kallio, who finished third overall in 2008.

KTM also made a short-lived entry in the MotoGP class, as an engine supplier to Team Roberts for part of the 2005 season.

After its final grand prix, KTM released the following statistics and highlights from its time in grand prix racing:

“We would like to thank KTM and Red Bull, all our partners, sponsors, suppliers, media, friends and of course our riders for their support and all efforts over the last seven years. Without you all development and success would not have been possible! Thank you in the name of all Red Bull KTM Moto Sport staff!” the statement began.

Statistics: 125 FRR (2003-2009)
13 x Victory
20 x 2nd Position
13 x 3rd Position
46 x 125cc Podium
15 x Pole Position
6 x Circuit Best Lap
8 x Fastest Lap
1 x Constructor Title (2005)

Statistics: 250 FRR (2005-2008)
9 x Victory
6 x 2nd Position
9 x 3rd Position
Total 24 x Podiums 250cc
5 x Pole Position
4 x Circuit Best Lap
11 x Fastest Lap

Construction team (125 and 250):
Harald Bartol - Technical Director
Mario Galeotti - Chassis Development
Warren Willing - Chassis Development
Xavier Palacin - Engine Design
Javier Soldevila - Chassis Design

KTM grand prix highlights:
• 2003: First podium for 125cc after only 14 rounds (2nd position by Mika Kallio in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang).
• 2004: First KTM win (by Casey Stoner in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang)
• 2005: Constructors Title in the 125cc class.
• 2005: Podium in 250cc at first race participation (2nd position by Anthony West in the British Grand Prix at Donington Park).
• 2006: First victory in 250cc (by Hiroshi Aoyama in the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park) .
• 2006: Victories in the 125cc and 250cc Japanese Grands Prix at Motegi (Mika Kallio in 125cc and Hiroshi Aoyama in 250cc).
• 2007: 250cc one-two during the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring (1st position by Hiroshi Aoyama and second position by Mika Kallio).
• Total of 22 Victories/70 Podiums.


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