KTM and WP Performance, who assisted Johann Zarco’s Championship winning run last year, today announced that they will be developing a Moto2 machine.
WP Performance and KTM are both part of Cross Industries AG, with the KTM racing division headquarters next door to WP Performance’s base. The company produces suspension elements, cooling systems, frames and exhausts and has a strong presence in the Moto2 class, supplying teams such as Speed Up, Pons Racing and the Ajo Motorsport Squad.
WP has already developed the chassis for KTM’s successful Moto3 bike and also for the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Now, WP Performance will develop an entirely new bike for Moto2, a class dominated by the Kalex chassis. The bike got its first roll-out at the Almeria Circuit in Spain today.
The CEO of Cross Industries, Stefan Pierer, believes that “The Moto2 project has a great significance for us. Through our growth and long-term investments, we are in a position to close this final gap in our activities in the sport of Grand Prix road racing.
A young rider can gather his first experience in the Rookies Cup and then advance to our own in-house Moto3 team, then further, via the new Moto2 project into the MotoGP class. These are concepts that have repeatedly proved to be successful for KTM and WP in professional racing, and in the future, we want to have riders for our MotoGP project that have advanced right through the entire KTM Academy.”
KTM will move into the MotoGP World Championship in 2017, with Zarco being a possibility for one of the seats on the team.