KTM will not field a factory team in the 2006 Supermoto World Championship. After four seasons since the inception of the World Championship, which have yielded the company two World Titles, KTM will concentrate its supermoto racing efforts in National Championships.
According to KTM, 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, does not warrant the continued investment in a full KTM factory World Championship team, the Austrian manufacturer said in a prepared statement.
KTM will continue, through it's national subsidiaries, to support the National Championships in countries such as the United States, Australia, France, Germany and Italy. Supermoto remains an important racing sector for KTM 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.
The final two races of the 2005 Supermoto World Championship are yet to be held.
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