After winning the inaugural Moto3 manufacturer’s title thanks to Ajo Motorsports and Sandro Cortese, KTM has officially confirmed - after their verbal commitment - that the Finnish team will continue to manage the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 Factory Team also in 2013.
“Aki did a fantastic job with the factory team in our first year back in MotoGP competition in the new Moto3 category,” said Pit Beirer, head of KTM Motorsports. “He pushed us hard to reach a very high level. He asked the right questions and wanted the right materials. We developed the bike in record time and the results speak for themselves. “That we were able to take the team to such a high level and win the Moto3 World Championship with Sandro Cortese and take the manufacturer’s title was a remarkable result.”
After signing on the dotted line, Ajo held in-depth discussions with the technical staff during his factory visit. The team has been analysing and testing the 2013 factory bike prototype with Spanish rider Luis Salom and already have a very fast bike with which to work, Beirer confirmed. “Now it is up to us to refine the prototype and build and deliver excellent factory bikes to Aki’s team in a quality and reliability that will let them continue to work at the same high level that we were able to achieve in 2012,”
Joining Salom in the Ajo’s 2013 line-up will be Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin.