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KTM RACING AHEAD

Coinciding with the test-track debut of its RC16 MotoGP bike, KTM has unveiled yet another set of record financial results for the first three quarters of 2015.

In this nine-month period to 30 September, the Austrian brand’s revenue rose by 18% to £540.6m. Resultant operating profit grew by a muscular 24% to £54.2m, yeilding an operating margin of 10%. Sales volume was up by 17% to 135,332 bikes. With scooters out of the equation, such a total again reinforces KTM’s status as the leading motorcycle manufacturer in Europe.

A successful three-day outing for the RC16 at Austria’s Red Bull Ring in Spielberg (formerly known as the Osterreichring) was described as “a very emotional moment” for the company by KTM motorsport supremo Pit Beirer. 

Test riders Alex Hoffman and Mika Kallio are scheduled to make another appearance on the bike this year, as its development programme accelerates. KTM intends to complete a triumvirate of European marques — alongside Ducati and Aprilia — challenging the three Japanese MotoGP contenders in 2017.

 

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