While two-strokes will gradually be pushed out of GP racing, KTM say they will continue to work on quieter, more powerful and less polluting two-stroke engines...
With the creation of the ‘Moto2’ class in Grand Prix racing, two-stroke 250s will be replaced with 600cc four-strokes next year. This is not such a good move for smaller European manufacturers – two-stroke specialists like Aprilia, Derbi, Gilera and KTM – who will definitely not be able to race in Moto2.
However, according to a report on DealerNews, KTM won’t be giving up on developing new two-stroke engines. According to KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer, the company will continue to work on quieter, more powerful and less polluting two-strokes which would be lighter and easier to work on compared to four-stroke engines. ‘At KTM, the two-stroke will continue to remain an integral part of the future model planning,’ says Pierer.
Alongside regular four-stroke engines, KTM sees a place for two-strokes as well as battery powerplants/electric bikes in its future line-up. Hmmm... so will KTM build a street-legal equivalent of the late, great Aprilia RS250 someday? We seriously doubt that, but hey, dreaming about it can't hurt... :-)