The newly formed Red Bull KTM Team has met in Jerez/Spain for three days of testing ahead of the coming season. Hiroshi Aoyama and Mika Kallio put in very fast lap times with the new KTM 250 FPR for the 2007 season. Randy Krummenacher and the new team member Tomoyoshi Koyama were also impressive, registering both constant and fast times.
Hiroshi Aoyama, with two victories and an impressive fourth place in the overall standings for the 250 class was the KTM shooting star for 2006. Hiroshi put in constant laps in good weather at the Spanish Grand Prix circuit in Jerez. The 25-year-old Japanese rider concentrated on testing new components and was very satisfied with the results — which included a crowning all-round best time for the entire tests of 1:42.8 min.
Mika Kallio was also able to secure very positive results from his new KTM racing machine during comprehensive testing. The 2006 Vice World Champion in the 125 class showed he had absolutely no problems changing up to the more than 100 hp stronger KTM 250 FRR. After the three days of testing and a harmless crash, the highly motivated Finnish rider indicated his potential with a best time of 1:43.9 min. In the next round of tests Kallio will put all of his attention onto the setup of the KTM 250 machine.
Both riders in the 125 ccm class were also satisfied with the results of their first tests. The 23-year old Japanese Tomoyoshi Koyama was riding his new KTM 125 machine for the first time on the Jerez circuit. By the end of the third day of testing and after more than 200 laps the technicians received a lot useful information and with 1:47.5 min posted a very competitive fastest lap time.
The comprehensive test session was particularly important for the young Swiss rider Randy Krummenacher. Following his good fifth place in the final race of the Spanish National Championships and still somewhat weakened because of an injury sustained in a serious crash last summer, the 16-year-old lightweight rider put in as many laps as possible on the Spanish circuit including a fall of without any serious injuries. Randy, who will attempt in his first ever full Grand Prix season in 2007 was close on the wheel of his more experienced team mate with a best time of 1:48,2 min.
Hiroshi Aoyama (KTM 250 FPR) 1:42.8 min
Mika Kallio (KTM 250 FPR) 1:43.9 min
Tomoyoshi Koyama (KTM 125 FPR) 1:47.5 min
Randy Krummenacher (KTM 125 FPR) 1:48, 2 min