KTM RC8 makes track debut

Published: 18 February 2008

The first racing version of KTM’s new RC8 got on track last week for shakedowns at Cartagena in Spain, the factory has revealed.

The race bike was piloted by Austrian rider Rene Mahr, who has been confirmed as an official KTM rider for the World Superstock Cup this year.

Despite being dogged by bad weather during the test, which prevented any representative times from being set, the team came away happy, having suffered no technical failures.

KTM spokesman Thomas Kuttruf said: “It was a two day test, the first with the bike in set up to meet superstock regulations.

“During earlier tests we just had race tyres and a race exhaust.”

He added that the team also tried British Superduke Battle champion, Pauli Pekkanen, on an RC8 during the test, saying: “We will also use a second rider during the 08 season.

“Pauli Pekkanen is not confirmed to be that rider, but he is a good candidate and impressed us on a stock RC8 with race tyres.”

The firm sees the superstock bike as a key part of the road version’s development.

Thomas Kuttruf said: “It’s the last step in development of the standard bike.

“The superstock project is linked to the KTM factory and R&D department, and the technical leader is Wolfgang Felber, who is in charge of road bike development.”