KTM could make its World Superbike Championship debut in 2012 after revealing it is evaluating the possibility of entering international competition in the near future.
The Austrian manufacturer has been linked with a move to World Superbikes ever since it launched its twin-cylinder 1190 RC8 machine in 2008, but has so far limited its involvement to the Superstock 1000 series and the German-based IDM Superbike series.
Though it struggled on the Superstock stage, KTM was recently crowned IDM Superbike Champion with the experienced Martin Bauer on the machine, success that is prompting it to consider graduating to World Superbikes as early as 2012.
Indeed, with Bauer turning his attention to full-time test riding, KTM's Head of Road Racing Wolfgang Felber intimates that KTM is seeking the next step for its bike, which could include WSBK wild-card appearances in 2012.
“With Martin as test rider and Konrad and his team behind him we will surely reap the same rich benefit for developing the Superbike as we do from our factory riders' input into the development of our off-road bikes. KTM is proud of its 'Ready to Race' philosophy and it goes without saying that the experience we gain on the track is directly reflected in the development of our series model machines.”
KTM has already confirmed it will be part of the inaugural Moto3 series in 2012.