By Dennis Chung ‘s getting ready to race, with its much anticipated RC16 MotoGP prototype undergoing its first shakedown test at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.
Retired MotoGP racer Alex Hofmann was given the honor of taking the RC16 out on the track. Here he is screaming down the start/finish straight:
KTM Sporting Director and former Motocross World Champion Heinz Kinigadner posted these photos of the RC16 on his personal Facebook page, giving us a good look at the prototype.
The RC16 is powered by a V-4 engine mounted to a steel trellis frame. We can sen an Akrapovic exhaust on the tail but we expect a second exhaust somewhere further down. KTM-owned WP provides the suspension while the brakes are from Brembo.
KTM isn’t supposed to enter the MotoGP championship until 2017 so there’s quite a bit of development to go. Along with Hofmann, KTM has signed Mika Kallio to help with the RC16’s development.
[Photos by Heinz Kinigadner (Facebook)