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.