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KTM to pull out of World Supermoto in 2006

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KTM have announced that they will not field a factory team in the 2006 Supermoto World Championship. After 4 very successful seasons since the inception of the World Championship, which have yielded 2 World Titles, KTM stated that it will concentrate it‰Ûªs Supermoto racing efforts in National Championships. In a statement released by KTM they stated that despite efforts to increase the profile of the World Championship, it has proven very difficult for the FIM and Championship promoters to maintain a stable calendar of quality events. The number of spectators attending World Championship events, and the amount of media coverage, did not warrant the continued investment in a full KTM factory World Championship team. KTM will continue, through it‰Ûªs national subsidiaries, to support the National Championships in countries such as the USA, Australia, France, Germany and Italy. The statement said Supermoto remained an important racing sector for them and the research and development activity remains at current levels to support the domestic racing and the continued development of the Supermoto motorcycle models in the KTM range. KTM thanked all the team members, the riders, their sponsors and partners that have contributed to the success of the team during the past 4 seasons. KTM said it hoped that during the final 2 races of 2005 that the team can add yet another World Championship to the ever increasing list of KTM World Titles. Main Photo: KTM's 2005 World Championship team
Credit: J Barte

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