2016 WorldSBK, Round 02, Buriram, Thailand

Despite having a very successful business year in 2015, BMW Motorrad has unequivocally stated it has no intention to compete in MotoGP. According to an autoevolution report, BMW Motorrad CEO Stephan Schaller has stated that BMW Motorrad will concentrate its efforts towards developing road-going motorcycles and will not be forming a two-racebike team in the top-flight of motorcycle racing.

With its coffers bulging, BMW Motorrad obviously does not have financial issues when it comes to racing. “BMW would obviously have the economic strength to participate in the championship, but we will not use it to have two riders racing in that category,” said Schaller.

BMW has withdrawn from formally competing in championship racing, with its last effort being the World Superbike in 2013. However, it continues racing efforts with a support programme for privateers, with one million USD (RM4,000,000) being allocated as contingency funding. This funding will support “19 championships, 318 races in 23 countries, on six continents, with the overall winner and the top 15 riders collecting cash prizes,” as reported.

While BMW Motorrad has no desire to compete in MotoGP, Austrian outfit KTM seems to be setting its sights forward to the future. KTM CEO Stefan Pierer had previously said that the boys from Spielberg would not enter MotoGP due to investment and financial issues, only to announce successfully testing its RC16 MotoGP bike.

According to reports the RC16 is already putting out 270 hp, and KTM is looking to get even more horses out of the V-four engine. At the moment, KTM has signed up Bradley Smith, formerly of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP team, to spearhead its MotoGP efforts in 2016.