Martin Bauer’s 2011 title victory on the KTM 1190 RC8 R in the prestigious International German Superbike Championship (IDM) was an important step in KTM’s planned progress as it moves closer to participation in other major international Superbike series. KTM and Bauer now move on to future steps.
Bauer has now signed to stay with KTM in the capacity as a test rider and he and the team led by Konrad Hefele will dedicate themselves in 2012 to moving the development of the ‘Made in Austria’ two-cylinder Superbike into the next logical stage.
Wolfgang Felber, Head of KTM Road Racing said by retaining the skills of an experienced and winning rider like Martin Bauer as a test rider, KTM had already made a valuable step forward in the further development of the RC8 R. “With Martin as test rider and Konrad and his team behind him we will surely reap the same rich benefit for developing the Superbike as we do from our factory riders’ input into the development of our offroad bikes. KTM is proud of its ‘Ready to Race’ philosophy and it goes without saying that the experience we gain on the track is directly reflected in the development of our series model machines.”
Bauer, Hefele and his team will fully concentrate on the next stage of development of the KTM 1190 RC8 R. The move is considered timely, logical and necessary to move the Austrian brand one step closer to its goal of being a future force in top ranking Superbike competition.
While no commitment has been made concerning future competition, all options are also open. The first step is to dedicate 2012 to further developing the RC8 R and identifying to potential to compete in other top ranking race series. It is also possible that Bauer will compete in some series as a wild card entry during the 2012 season and to this end his team boss Konrad Hefele will be compiling a calendar of test events and possible wild card entries.
Racing icon Jeremy McWilliams will be onboard a third KTM RC8R Superbike contesting the remainder of the IDM season for the KTM-Akrapovic Team as of Assen. McWilliams joins KTM’s Stefan Nebel and Kai-Boerre Anderson, who stands in for the injured Didier van Keymeulen on the starting line at the traditional Dutch circuit.
KTM thus deploys a third officially-supported motorcycle in the IDM (International German Superbike Championship) together with the exhaust systems manufacturer Akrapovic. The renowned Slovenian manufacturer has been one of the closest partners of the Austrian sports motorcycle manufacturers for many years. The brand with the distinct “scorpion” emblem has accompanied the development of the first KTM RC8R IDM Superbike right from the beginning of the project. A unique Akrapovic design has been created for the third KTM Superbike as an expression of the very special relationship between the two companies.
McWilliams on board for KTM-Akrapovic
With Jeremy McWilliams, KTM-Akrapovic has one of the most renowned road racing exponents in the sport. The 45-year-old from Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland has celebrated a great deal of success in road racing and because of his high level of technical and racing competence, has been a test rider and racer for many MotoGP and Superbike teams. McWilliams, who today runs his own racing school and supports young talent in their careers, is to contest the next IDM races in Assen (23.8.) as well as the season’s Superbike finale in Hockenheim (13.9.) onboard the Akrapovic-KTM RC8R.
Limited Edition Replica
To crown this unique cooperation, KTM is offering for sale in autumn just 100 units of a “Limited Edition” replica of the Jeremy McWilliams IDM Superbike. Thanks to its special Club Race Kit including the Akrapovic EVO4 exhaust system and the machine’s 180 hp performance, this is an elegant race replica that is both licensed for use on the road and a potent Superbike on the racetrack.
Anderson standing in for injured van Keymeulen
Kai-Boerre Andersen will also make his debut in the saddle of the orange Red Bull KTM RC8R at the same time as racing icon McWilliams. The Norwegian is the official replacement for the regular team rider Didier van Keymeulen who must undergo surgery on his injured hand and is therefore out for the rest of the season. The official KTM team and its team boss Konrad Hefele are hoping for a quick recovery of the Belgian rider and have meanwhile put their trust in the 34-yar-old Andersen who, as an ex Supersport champion and vice IDM Superbike champion, brings with him the necessary experience and skills.
A new racing chapter: the KTM RC8 R, two top riders and the IDM. KTM enters another chapter in the company’s rich racing history this coming weekend when it competes with a KTM Germany factory supported team in the opening race of the Int. German SBK Championships (IDM) at Lausitz onboard the new KTM 1190 RC8 R.
The KTM Superbike Team Germany is managed by Konrad Hefele who brings with him 20 years of first hand knowledge and experience in street bike and GP racing. Between 2004 and 2006 Hefele managed the KTM Junior Team riding the 125cc two-stroke machines resulting in three consecutive championship 125cc titles for KTM in the IDM.
Wealth of experience
The team also has at its disposal two very experienced riders – Stefan Nebel, 28, of Germany: three times German Superbike champion and Didier Van Keymeulen, 25, of Belgium who won the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup title in 2005. In the hands of these experienced riders the orange KTM RC8 R will be put through its paces in the opening event of the championship held at the EuroSpeedway Circuit in Lausitz. This is the tenth consecutive year that Lausitz has hosted the opening of the IDM season.
“We have an ideal choice of riders with Stefan Nebel and Didier Van Keymeulen,” Hefele said. “Both are very experienced and both are absolute professionals. They are mostly within two tenths of each other during tests so they are both as fast as each other. That is the ideal constellation for a new project. They will push each other,” he added.
16 exciting races on top racing circuits
For the IDM the KTM riders will compete in an 8-race event series with two races per weekend at top locations in Germany, on the famous Salzburg Ring close to KTM’s factory in Mattighofen and at the renowned Assen GP circuit in the Netherlands.
New chapter for Orange racing
Entry into this challenging and very competitive competition is another chapter in the history of the Austrian manufacturer that is always “Ready to Race” and follows on from KTM’s first venture in the FIM Superstock 1000 World Cup last season with the first ever KTM RC8 machine. Now the R (for “racing”) version has been further developed and refined and project development leader Wolfgang Felber is looking forward to a good performance in the IDM. “I am confident that we will we will make a showing in the Superbike IDM,” he said, adding “We are breaking new ground with this project and we need time to overcome the advantage in experience of our competitors. But we are really looking forward to our first Superbike IDM season.”
Follow the KTM Superbike Team Germany at the following race weekends:
24-26 April, EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Germany
15-17 May, Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Germany
29-21 May, Nürburgring, Germany
19-21 June, Sachsenring, Germany
3-5 July, Salzburgring, Austria
31 July – 2 August, Schleizer Dreieck, Germany
21-23 August, TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands
11-13 September, Hockenheimring, Germany
KTM presents KTM RC8 R Superbike Team for 2009 IDM Series
KTM on Friday introduced the KTM Superbike Team Germany that will contest the IDM (International German Championship) Superbike series in 2009 onboard the brand new KTM 1190 RC8 R, a move that underscores that KTM is always “Ready to Race”.
The team presentation took place in Dortmund, at “Motorräder 2009” the biggest regional motorcycle fair in the German-speaking region, not only throwing the spotlight on the team’s brand new, sports-oriented, four-stroke series machine but also on riders Stefan Nebel (Germany) and Didier Van Keymeulen (Belgium) and KTM team boss Konrad Hefele. KTM also took part in the IDM with the KTM Junior Team in 2004, 2005 and 2006 snatching three 125cc titles in succession and opening the way for Michael Ranseder, Stefan Bradl and Robin Lässer to enter the world of GP racing.
IDM participation a unique opportunity
The IDM is a series that is very good for Superbike racing and our participation in these races gives us the opportunity to further develop the RC8 R and to expand our team work together with KTM Germany. For these reasons we are pleased to present the RC8 R and our IDM Superbike team at this important fair. With this action we want to make an important statement to Germany and send a strong signal to all our KTM markets about our commitment to the development of technical excellence in sports-oriented road bikes,” said KTM spokesperson Thomas Kuttruf.
Rich lineup of talent and experience
The KTM Superbike Team Germany team, an official factory-supported team, can draw on the past experience and success of its two riders Nebel and Van Keymeulen but also on the wealth of personal experience in both racing and team management of team boss Konrad Hefele, responsible for organization and technical development. Both Nebel and Van Keymeulen came to the German fair straight from concentrated training in Spain. With just six weeks to go to the start of the eight race season, the new KTM team has pulled out all the stops to ensure an optimal pre-season preparation.
About the KTM Superbike riders Stefan Nebel, 28, Germany. Professional racer: active in Supersport and Superbike racing since 1998 including three German titles; KTM test and development rider for the 1190 RC8 in 2008. Didier Van Keymeulen, 26, Belgium. Professional racer: active in Superstock and Supersport since 2000.
2009 IDM Calendar:
25-26 April Eurospeedway Lausitz
16-17 May Oschersleben
30-31 May Nürburgring
20-21 June Sachsenring
4-5 July Salzburgring (Austria)
1-2 August Schleizer Dreieck
22-23 August Assen (Netherlands)
12-13 September Hockenheimring