KTM commit to MotoGP until 2026

KTM has officially signed a contract extension with MotoGP organisers Dorna, which will keep them on the grid until the end of 2026.

The Austrian manufacturer joined the premier class grid in 2017, achieving their first podium at the end of the 2018 season, and earning their maiden victory in 2020.

KTM currently runs four bikes on the grid, with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and KTM Tech3 Racing, with the former finishing 2020 third in the Team Standings.

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In a press release, Pit Beirer, the KTM Motorsport 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.”

KTM’s time in MotoGP has come on in leaps and bounds since joining the grid, and this confirmation that the manufacturer will remain in the premier class for the next five years proves the positive direction the team is headed.

Across both KTM teams, eight podiums were scored during the 2020 campaign, including three victories.

With backing from Red Bull, KTM has the funds which will allow them to develop upon their successful 2020 season, and will look to fight at the front on a regular basis.

Miguel Oliveira moves up to the factory KTM team for the 2021 season, after a strong year in 2020, and this news will bring confidence to the Portuguese who will be confident he can be a championship contender.

With the announcement revealed, KTM will now be looking ahead to their next five years in MotoGP, with the aim of being at the front of the grid.