The 2024 MotoGP contender from the KTM factory squad has been unveiled, showcasing the updated RC16. Officially launching their new bike, the Austrian manufacturer enlisted the help of their 2024 riders, Brad Binder and Jack Miller. The updated RC16 made its debut last week at the Malaysian preseason test, which ran three days.
On the last day of testing, Brad Binder finished seventh and Jack Miller finished fourteenth. Reigning GasGas Tech3 rookie Pedro Acosta was the talk of the test after he finished ninth overall on his RC16.
Even in 2024, the distinctive orange and dark blue livery will be present on the factory KTM RC16. The team's title sponsor, Red Bull, is still around. With a long history of success in the MotoGP series and a number of notable milestones along the way, KTM is set to celebrate its eighth year on the grid in 2024.
MotoGP: KTM 2024 Line-up
Brad Binder, who rode for the factory KTM team for the fifth consecutive year and finished a respectable fourth in the overall standings in 2023, will return for the 2024 MotoGP season. Also returning for a second year is Jack Miller, an Australian rider who showed flashes of lightning speed en route to a final ranking of eleventh place last year.
Brad Binder: “The trajectory is on its way up. 11th, 6th, 6th and 4th so, yeah, I have no doubt we are going to do better than 4th. Last season was great at times and difficult at other moments. I felt like we had more in the pocket. We were much more competitive each weekend and always around the podium battle. This season is where we can make the difference. It’s awesome to be starting 2024 for real. It’s going to be my tenth season racing for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and it’s been an amazing journey. we have always stuck together and always had the same goal in mind. I think that we have always fit really well together, and I am really happy where I am. The only thing left is to try and finish off the job in MotoGP.”
Jack Miller: “2023 was a year of learning and of growth for me as a person and as a rider. Towards the back half of the season we really got comfortable with the bike and were able to start challenging for positions where we needed to be. In KTM, and my dealings especially in the racing department, when they find something or find a pathway - new ideas, better ideas and strategies - then they go all -in on to have them on the track as soon as possible. Having that power and that motivation and that backing from the company is awesome as a rider. I didn’t get to achieve all the wishes I wanted in 2023. I have a whole new list of wishes for 2024.”
The first test of the brief pre-season period has already been completed by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. Before the opening round, the team will spend the last two days preparing at the Lusail International Circuit in Qatar. Pol Espargaro, Dani Pedrosa, Jonas Folger, and Mika Kallio, along with their staff, make up the specialised testing squad. They'll be crucial to the MotoGP effort and will make important contributions all year long in 2024.