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KTM could switch to "much better" '19 prototype by Austria

KTM is making a "big effort" to provide its works riders with the 2019 prototype MotoGP bike that impressed at Jerez as early as August's Red Bull Ring round, according to Pol Espargaro. Test rider Mika Kallio rode the new version of the RC16 in the Spanish Grand Prix and finished ahead of full-time KTM works riders Espargaro and Bradley Smith on their current-spec bikes. Espargaro, who is convinced the new bike is a marked improvement, says he doesn't want to “waste more time” with the old version – but says KTM can't yet make the switch for its full-timers due to engine-related time constraints and homologation rules. “KTM is trying, they are going to make a big effort...
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