Motorcycle Industry News
KTM has formed a partnership with Athena, a leading manufacturer of motorcycle cylinders, gasket and pistons, the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer announced Thursday. Athena also is the maker of GET ECUs, which are data acquisition systems and video devices for motorsports.
Pit Beirer (Head of KTM Motorsports) says: “What started with a good relationship when Claudio de Carli joined the KTM factory team management structure when Tony Cairoli first signed with us in 2010 has now developed into a productive and rewarding global partnership.”
Beirer also confirmed that a solid partnership with Athena also represents a further strengthening of the three-way thrust of KTM’s factory racing activities: with De Carli as manager of the MX1 World Championship factory team, Stefan Everts as head of the MX2 World Championship factory team and Roger DeCoster as manager of the Red Bull KTM factory team for SX and MX in the USA.
He said Athena’s high tech devices are instrumental in helping to maintain and monitor the on-track activities of the factory teams and suggests to KTM dealer network outlets and enthusiasts that they use them.
KTM, trading as KTM Power Sports AG is a leading international manufacturer of motorsports vehicles. KTM has already achieved 203 world championship titles and has won the Dakar Rally ten consecutive times. The operational core business develops and produces race-ready offroad and street motorcycles. The KTM-Sportcar GmbH is the company for the super lightweight sports car, the X-BOW, with which KTM has taken the first step into the automobile area.
Athena Spa works out of three plants in Alonte, Italy, occupying a total area of 40,000 square meters of factory floor where it manufactures gaskets, stamped and pressed metal components, aluminum cylinders for internal combustion engines and other engine hard-parts. The dedicated R&D plant is home of the finest developments and the GET technology products. Athena also has manufacturing and/or sales and distribution facilities in Spain, Brazil, India and the USA.