KTM Joins FIM Superstock Series

KTM is stepping up to large displacement road racing this weekend by taking part in its first professional FIM Superstock 1000 World Cup race.

Piloted by 21-year-old Austrian Rene Maehr, racing for the KTM Maehr Superstock team, KTM's 1190-RC8 Superbike will be on track in Valencia on Sunday, April 6.

Part of Research and Development
KTM says it is entering the 10-event FIM Superstock 1000 World Cup season as part of its on-road research and development program.

Apart from racing fairing, tires and exhaust, the Superstock World Cup allows almost no modifications to the series machines. "As such it represents a perfect 'living laboratory' for the KTM R&D department to study the 1190-RC8 and its performance in the rarefied atmosphere of the racing circuit," KTM said in announcing the undertaking. The company has already spent a number of years gaining R&D experience via its 125cc and 250cc road racing teams.

Following Valencia the Superstock Grand Prix series visits most of Europe's top racing circuits: Assen, Monza, Nuerberg, Misano, Brno, Brands Hatch, Donington, Magny Cours and concludes in November in Portmao in Portugal.