Jonas Folger joins KTM MotoGP take a look at rider line-up alongside Pedrosa and Kallio


KTM step up testing efforts in 2023

KTM will shortly ignite MotoGP engines for the 2023 season of racing and growth because the official take a look at staff take to the observe for Sepang ‘shakedown’ classes in Malaysia. The manufacturing unit will now be capable to rely on the experience and enter of a three-rider effort behind the scenes as Mika Kallio and Dani Pedrosa will likely be joined by 29-year-old ex-MotoGP star Jonas Folger for 2023.

The discoveries and progress of the take a look at staff filter into the Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing Grand Prix squad as Brad Binder and Jack Miller subsequently begin to mould the 2023 iteration of the KTM RC16 in two official IRTA exams in Malaysia and Portugal throughout February and March. The take a look at staff trio, backed by devoted engineering workers, will likely be including to the workload to get READY TO RACE for the 21-round marketing campaign and to already assess ideas with a view in direction of 2024.

The crew presently rely on stalwart Mika Kallio, who has led the evolution of the KTM RC16 because the center of the final decade and who made KTM’s wildcard debut look at Valencia for the ultimate spherical of the 2016 time period. Kallio has additionally made necessary alternative race outings, most lately for 2 occasions within the 2020 marketing campaign and can fulfill an elevated position for rider efficiency teaching.

The Finn has labored alongside MotoGP Legend Dani Pedrosa since 2019. The Spaniard introduced his personal sensitivity and depth of feeling to the KTM RC16’s story. He got here out of retirement to contest the 2021 Grand Prix of Styria on the Purple Bull Ring the place he claimed a prime ten classification. The 37-year-old is confirmed to race as soon as extra with a wildcard on the 2023 Gran Premio de España at Jerez in April.

Jonas Folger brings additional expertise and flexibility to the trigger. The German accomplished 9 full world championship seasons between 2009 and 2017 and logged a complete of 5 victories in 125cc, Moto3 and Moto2 classes and 24 visits to a rostrum. The German vaulted to the MotoGP division for 2017 the place he impressed as a rookie with a podium end on the Sachsenring and ended the yr tenth within the standings.

Jonas Folger

Pit Beirer – KTM Motorsports Director

Because the MotoGP season comes nearer then the schedule for our take a look at staff additionally involves life. Not many individuals see the essential work these guys are making in direction of our venture however their contribution is important. For that motive, we now have chosen so as to add Jonas to the staff alongside Mika and Dani; who’ve each already built-up a lot information of our race bike and the steps we now have made. We all know Jonas fairly effectively and he’s briefly ridden our bike earlier than. He is aware of what it takes to place a motorbike on the entrance of a Grand Prix and he’s nonetheless younger and has so much to contribute. In comparison with Dani and Mika he has a special body-type and magnificence and that may even assist us with our growth. The take a look at staff is a unbelievable group and I can not stress sufficient how a lot of a powerful basis it makes for our MotoGP racing.

2023 MotoGP Calendar

  1. March 26 – Portugal, Portimao
  2. April 2 – Argentina, Termos de Rio Honda
  3. April 16 – Americas, COTA
  4. April 30 – Spain, Jerez
  5. Could 14 – France, Le Mans
  6. June 11 – Italy, Mugello
  7. June 18 – Germany, Sachsenring
  8. June 25 – Netherlands, Assen
  9. July 9 – Kazakhstan, Sokol (Topic to homologation)
  10. August 6 – Nice Britain, Silverstone
  11. August 20 – Austria, Purple Bull Ring
  12. September 3 – Catalunya, Catalunya
  13. September 10 – San Marino, Misano
  14. September 24 – India, Buddh (Topic to homologation)
  15. October 1 – Japan, Motegi
  16. October 15 – Indonesia, Mandalika
  17. October 22 – Australia, Phillip Island
  18. October 29 – Thailand, Chang
  19. November 12 – Malaysia, Sepang
  20. November 19 – Qatar, Lusail
  21. November 26 – Valenciana, Valencia

MotoGP 2023 Rider Entry Record

RIDER NAT. TEAM MACHINE
5 JOHANN ZARCO FRA PRIMA PRAMAC RACING DUCATI
10 LUCA MARINI ITA MOONEY VR46 RACING TEAM DUCATI
12 MAVERICK VIÑALES SPA APRILIA RACING APRILIA
20 FABIO QUARTARARO FRA MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MotoGP TEAM YAMAHA
21 FRANCO MORBIDELLI ITA MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MotoGP TEAM YAMAHA
23 ENEA BASTIANINI ITA DUCATI LENOVO TEAM DUCATI
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ SPA RNF MotoGP TEAM APRILIA
30 TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI JAP LCR HONDA IDEMITSU HONDA
33 BRAD BINDER ZAF RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING KTM
36 JOAN MIR SPA REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA
37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ SPA TECH3 GASGAS FACTORY RACING GASGAS
41 ALEIX ESPARGARO SPA APRILIA RACING APRILIA
42 ALEX RINS SPA LCR HONDA CASTROL HONDA
43 JACK MILLER AUS RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING KTM
44 POL ESPARGARO SPA TECH3 GASGAS FACTORY RACING GASGAS
49 FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO   ITA GRESINI RACING MotoGP DUCATI
63 FRANCESCO BAGNAIA ITA DUCATI LENOVO TEAM DUCATI
72 MARCO BEZZECCHI ITA MOONEY VR46 RACING TEAM DUCATI
73 ALEX MARQUEZ SPA GRESINI RACING MotoGP DUCATI
88 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA POR RNF MotoGP TEAM APRILIA
89 JORGE MARTIN SPA PRIMA PRAMAC RACING DUCATI
93 MARC MARQUEZ SPA REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA