KTM 1190 RC8 Superbike: 11 Championships
KTM Motorsports is thrilled with the Superbike racing results from the 2010 KTM 1190 RC8 R race machine. In its first full year of racing at a regional level the KTM 1190 RC8 took home an impressive 11 Championships from four different riders.
KTM support rider Ty Howard wrapped up the first three championships in the Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association (CMRA) Series. Howard won the A Superstock, A Superbike and Formula One Championships.
On his route to victory he went undefeated winning 30 superbike races in a row. In addition to his 3 Championships he was also awarded the CMRA Expert #1 plate which is awarded to the expert rider with the most points at the end of the season. He also paired up with his RideSmart/RPM Cycle/KTM Team and took the victory in two endurance races.
The first endurance victory was won over a 4-hour period and the second over a 6-hour interval. In addition to his racing victories, Howard also set three track records at Texas World Speedway, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit and Eagles Canyon Raceway.
Out in California, fellow KTM support superbike rider James Randolph achieved incredible success on his RC8 R machine winning two Championships in the WERA Series. In the final round of the series, Randolph wrapped up the A Superstock and Heavyweight Twins Superbike titles. Randolph went up against Eric Bostrom in the A Superstock class at the final round taking the early lead off the start.
While Randolph rode his own race out front Bostrom ran off the track which allowed Randolph to pull a large lead and clinch his first Championship of the day. In the Twins class Randolph led every lap from start to finish and won the race by over 20 seconds to secure his second Championship. In addition to Randolph’s Championships he also won the final Formula One race with a repeat of his Twins run leading flag to flag.
The third KTM pilot is Illinois’ very own Joel Spalding. The multi-time road racing champ picked up a record breaking 4 titles on his KTM RC8 in 2010.
Spalding’s earned the 2010 Great Plains Unlimited Superstock Championship, 2010 Great Plains Supertwins Championship, 2010 Mid-West Supertwins Championship and his most prestigious title the 2010 ASRA Pro National Superstock Championship. Spalding has always been a twins rider and began following the RC8 superbike years ago when it was just a concept bike.
Joel Spalding says: “I always knew KTM was a “Ready to Race” brand and when I heard they were making a Superbike I had to get my hands on one. I jumped all over the chance to race the bike this year and have not been disappointed.”
Continuing the win streak was KTM’s very own Brian Healea. The Ohio native, took home 2 Championship titles in 2010. Healea participated in the AMA Road Race Grand Championship Series where he was awarded the National #1 plate in the Mega Twins and Triples Superstock class.
In addition to the 11 recorded championships, KTM also supported the HMC Racing Team which racked up a number of wins. HMC’s top rider Chris Fillmore competed in 15 races this year of which he earned 13 race wins and landed on the podium in the other two.
With so much success in its first year, it is exciting to think what the future holds in store. Stay tuned for the latest racing updates on KTM and its Superbike efforts at ktmusa.com.