2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R Superbike hits the track in Valencia
It was knees down and wide smiles this week at Valencia, Spain when KTM took its new 2011 model 1190 RC8R Superbike to one of Spain’s most famous racing circuits to introduce the series model to around 40 leading international journalists.
The media launch in this format was a first for the Austrian specialist in sports-oriented motorcycles and on hand with tips and tricks were KTM’s three factory-supported Superbike riders Martin Bauer of Austria, Germany’s Stefan Nebel and Matej Smrz of the Czech Republic. The trio will again be flying the flag for KTM in the IDM (International German Superbike Championships) in the 2011 season. Last year KTM won the coveted Manufacturer’s Title in the series in only their second season of participation.
Members of the media were able to test their own mettle against each other and the Valencia circuit as they experienced the series model’s full potential in real race conditions. The latest KTM 1190 RC8 R is a typical example of how the R&D team of the Austrian manufacturer never rests in its efforts to constantly improve the Orange series model machines. Like all of KTM’s other models in both on- and offroad categories, the RC8 R benefits enormously from the company’s “Ready to Race” philosophy and each successive model is improved as a result of the experience and feedback gained in top competition.
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