This is big news!
KTM will make a return in 2017 to the MotoGP World Championship. In the racing department in Munderfing they are already working on a V4 1000 cc machine called the RC16.
Google translate from the speedweek interview with Mr.Pierer:
“At KTM we have in our product range in addition to the now really super successful segment Adventure / Super Duke, an old, graying model that is the RC8, which is in need of a successor. Everyone was asking: What now? When is he coming? So we decided: Yes, we make a successor, the RC16.
We take responsibility as a manufacturer and say that such a thing does not belong on the road. Everything that is beyond 200 hp has no place in public transport. we will make a new Superbike. And the specification is relatively simple, it corresponds to the MotoGP regulations of 2016, so 1000 cc. but the KTM RC16 will be for sale for anyone interested. The series project has already started with us.”
You can read the full article here if you speak german, or use google translate.
KTM are looking to repeat the success in the MotoGP class that they have found in Moto3.