KTM RC8 R: World Superbike Progress

2011 World Superbike

The KTM 1190 RC8 R has proved its high-performance merit by taking the 2011 International German Superbike Championship (IDM) with Martin Bauer at the controls.

The next step for the Austrian manufacturer? World Superbike. And the work has begun; Bauer has signed to remain with KTM as a test rider. The team led by Konrad Hefele will dedicate itself in 2012 to developing the two-cylinder RC8 R for World Superbike competition.

Wolfgang Felber (Head of KTM Road Racing) says: "With Martin as test rider and Konrad and his team behind him we will surely reap the same rich benefit for developing the Superbike as we do from our factory riders’ input into the development of our offroad bikes. KTM is proud of its ‘Ready to Race’ philosophy and it goes without saying that the experience we gain on the track is directly reflected in the development of our series model machines."

The KTM team has not committed to any racing series for 2012, although the team reports that its options are open. Throughout the year, the team will test and prep the RC8 R for World Superbike competition, and other top motorcycle racing series.

The KTM Superbike team also reports it will possibly compete as a wild card entry in various series.

The RC8 R also debuted in AMA Superbike competition at Mid-Ohio this year. Chris Fillmore piloted the KTM RC8 R to a 7-9 finish at Mid-Ohio, but suffered to DNFs at the season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Photo credit: Buenas Dias