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German firm launch KTM 790 Duke powered GP2 racer

Published: 05 October 2018

German specialist race bike builders Krämer Motorcycles have revealed they are developing a new GP2 concept, which uses KTM’s parallel twin 790 Duke engine within an all-new tubular steel frame.

Set to be unveiled to the public at Barber Motorsports Park Vintage Festival, Alabama, which takes place this week, this latest bike follows the firm’s past success in developing the HKR EVO2 single-cylinder project, which used a KTM LC4 single lump within a bespoke chassis.

Alongside a new frame, this latest motorcycle also receives a re-developed metal swingarm designed around KTM’s claimed 104bhp twin-cylinder, as well as specially designed WP suspension and damping components.

Two versions

Krämer are hoping to reach the production stage of the GP2 within the next 12 months, with the aim of creating two versions; one for trackdays and another dedicated to racing.

The race machine has a target weight of around 135kg and is hoped to be ready in time for the 2020 British GP2 season. Data recording has also already begun to develop a specific electronics package to partner the bike, with machines available for a handful of teams and private customers.

A slightly heavier, 140kg trackday variant is also said to be on the cards, offering what Krämer say is: "Immense potential on the circuit and at a very favorable cost.

"Appropriate levels of engine performance are offered, according to the orientation of the two different versions. Anticipated final performance values are yet to be established," Krämer say.

Taking the next step

Speaking about the project in a statement, Owner of Krämer Motorcycles, Markus Krämer, said: "This is an important moment for our still young but already established company. It’s time to take the next step using the experience from the past five years.

"KTM, with its 790 Duke, offered an engine that was predestined to inspire us to go ahead with the 'GP2' project. Our know-how in construction and our production competence assured we were able to develop a fantastic racing bike based on the twin-cylinder concept."

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