KTM TO STICK WITH PDS SUSPENSION SYSTEM: “No Linkage Zone;” Austrian Air Force To Borrow Planes To Enforce 2010 Plan


According to KTM officials:

Parallel to the racing and test programs with the current and very successful MX generation, the KTM factory team also continuously works on constant improvement, together with the Development Centre at the company headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria. As well as testing special experimental programs with various engines and fuel-injection configurations, they also concentrate on the future development of chassis and suspension components. These tests include prototypes with various linkage systems.
“The extremely tough competition in motocross demands constant future development. This also involves periodically analysing and examining existing solutions and comparing them with alternative solutions, activities that also includes the unique KTM PDS system,
says KTM Motorsports Boss Winfried Kerschhaggl. “The overall evaluation of all the characteristics and the results of all the tests on the rear wheel suspension up to this point in time has shown a clear preference for the PDS system, which will therefore continue to be used by the factory team.”

Regardless of this concentrated development work, the current successful MX1 and MX2 machines will continue to be used in the present format and the 2010 KTM MX Model Range is also based on the current winning concept of the PDS system,” says KTM’s Winfried Kerschhaggl.
“Naturally we also carry out ongoing tests of other engine and chassis technology options in motorsport,” added KTM Offroad Director Pit Beirer concerning the decision to continue to use the unique chassis system. “For the coming season it is surely the best option for us to be on the start with the system that proved so successful for us especially during the course of last season. We were able to make so much progress with the chassis settings and this has allowed us to now have motorcycles capable of winning in all of the world championship classes. We would definitely not do ourselves any favours if we made any changes to this successful concept,” Beirer added. (MXA)

photos H. Mitterbauer

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