Dorna is renewing contracts with all constructors and teams for the next five years. One of the first to sign was KTM, which officially announced that it will be racing in the MotoGP until 2026.
Throughout the course of its history in the world championship, the Austrian constructor has raced in the 125, 250, Moto3, and Moto2, entering the premier class in 2017. KTM also lends its bikes to some of the prep championships dedicated to young riders, such as the Northern Talent Cup and the Rookies Cup.
Pit Beirer, KTM’s Motorsports Director said: “I’m extremely happy to be able to announce this new five-year contract with Dorna. I want to take this opportunity to thank Dorna, especially, and Mr. Carmelo Ezpeleta and his whole team, because we’ve had four great years together already, and they are a really professional partner in this important sport. After only a few seasons, we have put this project on a very solid base, so it is a positive step to continue our MotoGP involvement up to 2026.”
Hubert Trunkenpolz, member of the board of directors of KTM AG, added: “Entering the MotoGP was a big move into a big championship, and we knew the odds were against us, but the energy and the ideas and the desire from our side was never a doubt. In just four short years, we have become part of the establishment and have pushed the orange further up the standings. We are proud of the profile and the prestige of not only being in the MotoGP, but having an impact at this level. We can see the influence of the MotoGP success across the business, as well as the significance for the brand on a global stage. We’re only too happy to remain part of the MotoGP paddock with our current structure and some promising projects ahead.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna’s CEO, concluded: “We are very satisfied with the renewal with KTM because, not only are they an amazing partner, but because they also chose the platform of the FIM MotoGP World Championship as a marketing tool they consider to be ideal for their products. This is not only good news for the championship, but also for our sport, thanks to their involvement in all three racing categories. This extension tops last year’s epic season with three victories in the MotoGP class – one win by South African Brad Binder at the Czech Grand Prix and two historical wins by Miguel Oliveira, the first one in Styria and the last at his home Grand Prix in Portugal, which proves their achievement in the most demanding category of motorcycling.”