KTM lifted by 'unbelievable' top 10 result
9 August 2017 – KTM boss Mike Leitner says the team has been boosted by its Czech Republic Grand Prix showing as it bids to carry the momentum through to its home event in Austria this weekend.
KTM joined MotoGP full-time in 2017, signing Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith, and the Spaniard captured the manufacturer's first top 10 result at Brno, finishing ninth.
The upcoming Austrian Grand Prix marks the first time KTM will compete on home soil in the premier class and Leitner expressed satisfaction at the team's upward trajectory.
"It was our target at the beginning of the year to at one time touch the top 10," he said.
"So to achieve that at the first race after the summer break is such a boost for the team, for the riders and for the belief in the project so it's unbelievable.
"I mean I think everybody who works on the MotoGP project is really super happy and it's really nice to see it working out."
Espargaró also hailed the result, achieved in wet/dry conditions, and has been encouraged by the improvement in pure pace made by KTM across recent months.
"Remember we started our first race in Qatar 10 races ago and we finished; then we got points in Argentina and now we get a top 10 in August at Brno," he said.
"I'm happy that I rode well but the team has done such an outstanding job.
"The bike is so good on the brakes but we're still missing something on the cornering but with what we have after ten races it was working very well.
"After the recent tests we can all feel the difference and upward direction in the level of the bike."