Want to Win a 2017 KTM RC 390 for Free?

KTM would like you to sign up for their monthly newsletter. In fact, they really, really want you to sign up. So much so, that you can win a 2017 KTM RC 390 if you do.

And it’s probably worth doing. Not only has the RC 390 received a range of updates for this year, but it’s also worth £5,099. Improvements to the bike include a new ride-by-wire throttle which aims to give smoother and more efficient power. You also get a larger front disc with a radial four-piston caliper and ABS. Plus a new power-assisted slipper clutch (PASC). The single-cylinder KTM also has a side-mounted exhaust from this year, we’re not sure that’s necessarily better than the underbelly version on previous bikes.

Win a 2017 KTM RC 390

The other changes include span-adjustable levers, wider rear view mirrors and a more comfortable race-style passenger seat.

OK, so they’ll probably get quite a few people signing up to their monthly email when there’s an RC 390 as a potental reward. And you won’t get the chance to be selected until sometime after the competition closes on 26th November 2017. By which time, the model for next year will probably be on stands at various motorcycle shows. But it’s still the chance to win a free bike.

2017 KTM RC 390

To enter, you need to sign up at www.ktm.com/gb/newsletter/. You’ll also need to be 18 or over, and have a full A, A1 or A2 motorcycle licence and be responsible for sorting your own insurance etc once the bike gets sent to your nearest dealer.

You’ll also need to remember to check your email after the closing date. Which means using a fake email address you never check probably isn’t the best idea. But given the number of UK motorcyclists who haven’t already signed up, the odds are still better than the lottery. And who wouldn’t want to win a 2107 KTM RC 390 for nothing?

As cynical as we are, we certainly wouldn’t complain. Although the fact we know the KTM PR people probably means they’ll spot our email address.

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Bradley Smith excited by KTM project

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Bradley Smith spoke of his delight at finally securing a factory contract in MotoGP, after news of his move to KTM was made official.

Smith revealed on Wednesday last week that 2016 would more than likely be his final season with the Tech3 Yamaha team, and then hours before the start of the 2016 season opener in Qatar, Smith announced he had signed a two-year deal to race for the Factory KTM team in 2017 and 2018.

2016 will be Smith’s fourth in MotoGP, all of which has been on the satellite Yamaha. With Valentino Rossi extending his deal with the Japanese manufacturer for a further two seasons, Smith was forced to look elsewhere if he wanted to end up on a factory machine. 

Smith revealed that he had been speaking to Pit Beirer and Mike Leitner since the winter and had even been to Austria to see the MotoGP project – even though the RC16 wasn’t present – before committing his future to KTM on Saturday evening. 

The 25-year-old said he is extremely excited at the fact he will be joining a project from its very early stages, as he hopes to help mould the bike, into what he homes is a competitive machine. 

“I believe it’s a project that’s built for me. The fact that I’ll be taking a new project along and being part of the development is something that’s really caught my eye,” Smith said shortly after Sunday’s race where he was just beaten out to seventh place by his team-mate Pol Espargaro.

“I don’t usually take the easy route and I think everybody involved knows how hard it’s going to be. I believe there are a lot of talented guys at inside KTM and they’re all highly motivated and willing to do a great job. They’ve got me on the development and I’m keen to see what they already have.

“As a manufacturer, everything they’ve turned their hand to they’ve been very successful. From motocross to off-road, enduro and Moto3 now. You have to believe they will do the same in MotoGP.”

Smith is known for his ability to translate how he feels on a bike into how to make it go faster with a smaller factory. Whilst the RC16 will be a new bike on the grid in 2017, KTM have hired the likes of former MotoGP riders Alex Hoffman, Randy de Puniet and Mika Kallio to help develop the bike through the 2016 season.

“I’m so excited to take a bike from scratch,” he said. “They’re going to do a year of development, but it’s just part of a project where I can speak to the engineers, rather than just riding what we have. We can come up with new ideas and be involved in the development. I think there’s a lot of things I can add from that point of view and hat’s what I’m excited about.”

On Wednesday Smith spoke of the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over a rider when their 2016 future is up in the air. Because of how he performed whilst negotiating his last contract (he suffered a torrid weekend with four falls over the three days) Smith was eager to resolve his 2017 plans as soon as the right offer was made. 

“To have it done so early feels a bit surreal. It’s weird to be stood here talking to you guys about next year when we’ve only just done the first race but it was important for me,” explained the Brit.

“Especially after the situation like we had in the Sachsenring two years ago, where there was a lot going on inside my head about where I’d be, what’s going to happen and I ended up having a bit of a meltdown.

“I wanted to ensure that something like that wasn’t going to happen again this season. So to get it sewn up before the first race means I can clear my mind and focus on the Tech 3 project. I want to make sure I’m top satellite this year. It gives me great confidence knowing something is there for the future.”

Photos via Tech3 Racing

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KTM sign Lüthi and De Puniet to test new MotoGP machine

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In an effort to maximize their development ahead of their MotoGP debut in 2017, KTM have signed Moto2 star Thomas Lüthi and former Suzuki test rider Randy de Puniet for 2016.

The pair will join current test duo Mike Kallio and Alex Hoffman as the testing duties on the new RC16 MotoGP bike. Kallio and Hoffman have already given the RC16 numerous tests in Austria at the Red Bull Ring. 

Lüthi and de Puniet will now join the duo in giving more opinions on the new bike, with a chance of a wildcard for the final round of the season, with KTM’s Head of Motorsport Pit Beirer announcing this week that they’re hoping to race the bike competitively for the first time at the end of 2016.

Beirer and KTM have decided that they want to test the bike in private and come to the paddock being competitive in a bid to replicate the success that Suzuki have enjoyed, rather than testing during races, with the struggles that Aprilia have suffered surely factoring into their thoughts. 

Lüthi will get his first taste of a MotoGP machine after being in the intermediate class since 2007. The 2005 125cc World Champion will hope that an impressive showing will aid his bid for a full time MotoGP ride in 2017.

De Puniet joins KTM after his impressive stint as test rider for the Suzuki team as they were planning their come-back in 2014. Before that the Frenchman had been in MotoGP for eight years riding Kawasaki, Honda and Ducati’s before spending last season in the World Superbike paddock with Suzuki. 

Whilst the bike won’t be seen on track competitively until November, KTM will be giving the bike it’s public debut during this seasons Austrian MotoGP. 

There had been speculation that KTM were going to try and lure current Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa to join them in 2017, however earlier this month, HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto hinted that Pedrosa would be given a contract extension once his current deal expires at the end of this season.

Photos via KTM Racing

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Jack Miller looking ahead to Moto3 showdown

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Moto3 title contender Jack Miller is looking ahead to this weekends title showdown, between himself and Spaniard Alex Marquez. 

The 19-year old Australian came into the season as the pre season favourite, and lead the championship from the opening round until round 14 in Aragon, when a clash with Marquez caused the Australian to surrender his lead to the Spaniard.

Marquez extended his lead in Japan with a win after Miller clashed with Danny Kent on the final lap, before Miller took chunks out of Marquez lead with victories in Australia and Malaysia. 

Miller currently sits eleven points behind Marquez who is heading home this weekend, meaning should Marquez finish on the podium he will be crowned the 2014 Moto3 World Champion. Despite the vast majority of fans rooting for Marquez this weekend, Miller is confident he can get a result he enjoys, even if he hasn’t had the best of results in the past.

“The Comunitat Valenciana Circuit is one of my favourites,” said the Red Bull Ajo KTM rider.

“It is a very special track, where I’ve always enjoyed the atmosphere – especially for the big races – and it is always full. I’ve never actually finished a race there, but I think I have had good performances.”

Despite testing there earlier in the year, Miller and his Ajo team will have to go in without a setting for the weekend, with the conditions in Valencia expected to be much warmer than they were in February.

“We will have to start setting the bike up from scratch, because even though we were there in pre-season the conditions are completely different. We must seize this last chance for the title. We’ll see what happens in this very decisive race.”

Regardless of the outcome this weekend, Miller will still get his hands on his LCR Honda production bike come Monday when the paddock reconvene for the first post season test.

Jack Miller happy to be the centre of attention

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Moto3 title contender Jack Miller said he is happy being the centre of attention, and loves having the camera on him.

The Australian rider, heads home to Phillip Island this weekend, is currently sat in second place in the Moto3 World Championship standings. However, Miller saw his lead cut away after a commanding position, to the point where he is now 25 points behind Alex Marquez, with just three rounds to go.

Despite apparently having the pressure of a nation on his shoulders, this isn’t something that Miller feels hamper him this weekend, instead he is insisting it’s a bonus having all the fans behind him. 

“A lot of people could say you’ve got the pressure of this and that, but that’s almost like a bonus,” Miller told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“It’s a dream to come to the Island and have the attention on you. I’m a bit of an attention-seeker, I guess, so it’s sort of a dream come true for me.

“I’ll have a lot of home fans there cheering for us, so it’ll be good. The attention’s always good. I’m a clown, I like to make people laugh and I do stupid stuff, so be able to have the camera on me when I’m doing stupid stuff is even better.

“I try to be a bit of a character… I like the camera to be on me while I’m making a dickhead of myself.”

Despite earning himself this character as a joker, renowned for his wheelies and “goon riding”, he does take his riding, and his job very seriously. As well as having fun, he wants to win, and knows what it takes to win.

“There’s everything to play for,” he said. “I’m only 25 points down now, which is too many for my liking, but we’re still in there with a shout and we’re going to give it 110 per cent.

“It’ll be win it or bin it… in the next three races.”

Miller has forged quite the rivalry with young brother to MotoGP World Champion, Alex Marquez. It’s not only the rivalry with regards to battling for the title that is the main factor behind it. A collision between the pair saw Miller crash out whilst battling at the front during the Aragon Grand Prix. Miller crashed out, Marquez went on to claim 20 points. 

It is a rivalry that Miller is expecting to run throughout their careers, even if he won’t be competing against him next season.

“We’ll get a break from each other for a couple of years,” he smiled. “We’ll need it after this season, I think.”