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The Austrian factory’s debut season should scare the other manufacturers

If you come to play in MotoGP, you better bring a fat wallet, a strong stomach, and a cool head. The strength of Red Bull KTM’s debut MotoGP season suggests the Mattighofen factory has all the ingredients to be a force with which to contend long before six-time world champ Marc Marquez sprouts any gray hair.

During the summer break, KTM set its sights on earning a top-10 finish, which it achieved the very first race back at Brno in the Czech Republic. By season’s end, KTM had a rider finish in the top 10 in seven races. Such progression indicates that KTM is very quickly learning how to be successful in what is arguably the world’s most competitive motorsport.

“We must be proud and happy of what we have done this year,” said Pol Espargaró, one of the two Red Bull KTM factory riders. “Overall, we’ve had a good year as we finished much higher than where we started so the progression has been unbelievable.”

Making the achievement all the more impressive, lest we forget, 2017 was also KTM’s debut season in Moto2, where it won the final three races on the trot. The other manufacturers should be looking over their shoulders. The bull is charging.

Pol Espargaró, Losail International Circuit, Qatar

Pol Espargaró, Losail International Circuit, Qatar

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Bradley Smith, Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina

Bradley Smith, Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina

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Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith, Circuit of The Americas

Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith, Circuit of The Americas, United States

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Pol Espargaró, Circuito de Jerez, Spain

Pol Espargaró, Circuito de Jerez, Spain

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Pol Espargaró, Le Mans, France

Pol Espargaró, Le Mans, France

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Bradley Smith, Autodromo del Mugello, Italy

Bradley Smith, Autodromo del Mugello, Italy

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Pol Espargaro, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

Pol Espargaro, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

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Bradley Smith, TT Circuit Assen, The Netherlands

Bradley Smith, TT Circuit Assen, The Netherlands

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Mika Kallio, Sachsenring, Germany

Mika Kallio, Sachsenring, Germany

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Bradley Smith, Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic

Bradley Smith, Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic

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KTM fans, Red Bull Ring, Austria

KTM fans, Red Bull Ring, Austria

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Bradley Smith, Silverstone Circuit, England

Bradley Smith, Silverstone Circuit, England

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Pol Espargaró, Misano World Circuit, Italy

Pol Espargaró, Misano World Circuit, Italy

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Mika Kallio and Pol Espargaró, MotorLand Aragon, Spain

Mika Kallio and Pol Espargaró, MotorLand Aragon, Spain

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Bradley Smith, Twin Ring Motegi, Japan

Bradley Smith, Twin Ring Motegi, Japan

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Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró, Phillip Island Circuit

Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró, Phillip Island Circuit, Australia

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Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith, Sepang International Circuit

Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith, Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

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Bradley Smith, Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Spain

Bradley Smith, Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Spain

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