KTM are continuing their program to develop their RC16 prototype bike after another successful test in Valencia just three weeks after their last outing in Jerez.
The machine from the Austrian manufacturer was back at the circuit where it first broke cover back in November of last year and they have made significant strides forward in this latest track test.
Test riders, Mika Kallio and Randy De Puniet took to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo over three days and KTM’s Mike Leitner, says they are making positive moves towards a potential wildcard entry for the RC16 at the end of the 2016 season ahead of the full launch next year.
“A big compliment to both riders and all credit to the team who all managed extremely good work over these three very different and difficult days. Despite all this we were able to carry out a lot of tests and work in various directions.” He said.
Throughout the test the team were able to assess the handling of the bike under overcast skies, in wet conditions and in the glare of the Spanish sun which allowed them to get an idea of how the electronics could be utilised in the changeable conditions.
“The team again made progress in the area of the electronics and we are able to get a better understanding of the tires and to set the bike up accordingly. As regards to the performance, we were able to take a clear step forward compared to the test here in November of last year.” Leitner explained.
The riders themselves were also happy with how their machine handled with De Puniet particularly pleased with the options available to him throughout the test.
“For me this was a very important test, I am happy with the bike and we were able to try a lot of new parts. Unfortunately, because of the weather conditions and the other things we tested, I put in fewer laps than Mika. But with the experience we both gathered we will be able to start even better in the next test.”
Kallio however concentrated with the feeling he has on the bike and says that he is happy with how things are steadily progressing.
“When it comes to the feeling we discovered a couple of important issues on the final day, where we worked on the front and the balance of the motorcycle. I am feeling more and more comfortable on the bike and although we are still taking it rather easy on the track, step by step we are working towards the limit.”