“We have decided for the GP 125 cc class because contrary to the 250 cc class, its existence is secured in the medium to long term. KTM is focusing its efforts on the 125 cc Grand Prix class for the future of the road racing world championship. The Red Bull KTM Team, under the technical leadership of constructor Harald Bartol, will be a newly formed factory squad,” Winfried Kerschhaggl, head of KTM Racing, explained the decision in the same press statement.
“The company, which has for years encouraged the next generation with intensive activities in offroad and road racing activities, thus re-affirms this strong and long-term commitment to the smallest cubic capacity within the world championship competition,” it is also mentioned.
KTM is currently the third in the overall constructor standings with a total of 214 points, 45 and 88 points behind Gilera and Aprilia respectively. KTM had quite acceptable results this season with M. Kallio finishing among the top then riders on a regular basis.
For instance, Kallio arrived the third in the Australian Grand Prix, 14 seconds behind the leader Simoncelli. Moreover, Kario is also third in the overall world championship table with 49 points behind the already-crowned champion, Marco Simoncelli.