KTM's RC16 MotoGP machine has made its track debut ahead of the company's entry in the 2017 world championship.
Test rider Alex Hoffmann carried out three days of testing at the Red Bull Ring, venue for next year's return of the Austrian Grand Prix.
The RC16 has been 'completely developed' in-house by KTM and the test went 'exactly according to plan'.
“Thursday was a very emotional moment, not only for me but also for the company, and I believe for many KTM fans in Austria and all over the world,” declared Motorsport Director Pit Beirer.
“This, and the start of the project on the racing circuit are just as important as any lap time. A very big thanks to Alex and the entire team for the excellent performance.
“The feedback and the fact that we were already able to put in very many laps without any problems gives us a lot of motivation for the next steps in this long journey towards our entry into MotoGP in 2017.”
The test comes 15 months after KTM, a race winner in the former 125 and 250cc class and frontrunner in the present Moto3 category, first announced its MotoGP entry.
“There was of course a great deal of tension and pressure on the team and the roll-out took place earlier and on a larger scale than originally planned,” revealed technical director Sebastian Risse.
“The fact that it all went as smoothly as it did, and the data that we have been able to gather makes us very optimistic about the further development of the KTM RC16. Although we are still far removed from the detailed work, these three days were a very positive and instructive test for us.”
Former MotoGP racer Hofmann added: “A big respect for what KTM has already achieved in this extremely short time. I think you can not only see it in my face, but also among all those who have worked here with such enthusiasm and professionalism.”
Another outing with Hofmann and new test rider Mika Kallio is planned for later this year.