An investment of forty million euros a year, the acquisition of key personnel and a whole lot of self-belief has powered KTM to its first MotoGP win, at the hands of Brad Binder in last weekend's Czech Grand Prix.
The rise of the orange bikes has been meteoric when you consider that just five years have passed since the initial prototype version of the RC16 completed its first laps in Spielberg. Huge investment in the MotoGP project, key appointments and perseverance have been the primary factors that led to an historic achievement at Brno, which left the factory staff pinching themselves whilst hugging each other in the pit garages.
"I am speechless," KTM's Sporting Director Pit Beirer said moments after Binder crossed the line. "We have fought a lot for this.