KTM "Won't Return To MotoGP"

In an interview with German Eurosport's MotorMagazin, KTM boss Stefan Pierer has stated categorically that they won't be returning to MotoGP any time soon. KTM had been linked with the Ilmor team, with rumors saying that KTM would take over the project from Mario Illien. However, after the disappointment of KTM's involvement with the Proton KR team, KTM are a lot more cautious about participation in premier class racing, conscious as they are of the very high costs involved.

Pierer admitted that there had been a brief conversation with Ilmor, but was dismissive of Ilmor's chances of success in MotoGP: "Without factory support, Ilmor don't stand a chance." He underlined his position by referring to the Ilmor X3's performance at the last two GPs and the winter tests conducted so far. "Their performance so far has failed to convince me", he said, expressing surprise that Ilmor's efforts have received such high praise elsewhere.

Pierer emphasized his committment to the smaller capacity classes, but also hinted at participation in World Superbikes, an option which will be viable with the launch of the RC8 sports bike, due some time next year: "At the end of the day, we want to present our products to our customers in competition", the KTM chief said.

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