After a very successful 2004 season the KTM supermoto factory racing team again goes for victory in the world championship. 2005 brings some changes for the team: Ivan Lazzarini and Fabrice Lecoanet left the team, so world champ Thierry van den Bosch and european champ Bernd Hiemer will race in the S1 (unlimited) class. Boris Chambon changed to the S2 class using the new 450 cc engine - one of thedevelopments of the KTM engineers.The goals for the KTM supermoto factory racing team are set: Winning the championship titles in both classes!
TEAM MANAGER KTM SUPERMOTO RACING TEAM - KLAUS KINIGADNER
How are the chances for the KTM riders in the S1 class?
Thierry van den Bosch is even more motivated to defend his title than last year when he had to fight health problems. Anything else than this year's world champ title would be not satisfying for Thierry. Our second rider Bernd Hiemer is for sure one of the big talents of supermoto. Bernd should finish among the top three.
How could it work to get the title in the S2 class this year?
Boris Chambon is strong enough to go for the title in the S2 class although competition is tougher than ever. I am confident of Boris to achieve his goal.
Which technical innovations can we expect for this season?
First we dismissed the LC4 from the S1 class - well deserved! Now we use only racing models with tuned chassis in both classes. The bikes will be powered by a twin-cam engine, which delivers more power than before.
Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG
Photo: J. Barte