CFMoto have announced that they will join the Grand Prix races starting with the Moto3 World Championship, becoming the fourth track brand associated with the Pierer Mobility Group.
The company will join the German team PruestelGP and will exhibit a pair of motorcycles under the CFMoto brand and the Chinese flag. True, these motorcycles will be built by KTM. Although CFMoto is not part of Pierer Mobility, the links between the two companies are very close, they share development and even production stages with KTM, and CFMoto is preparing to unveil a new MT-800 model in the near future – a crossover touring vehicle based on the KTM 790 Adventure.
Thus, CFMoto will be the fourth brand to showcase KTM motorcycles on the track. In addition to KTM itself, Husqvarna also participates in the races as part of the Max Biaggi team and GasGas in cooperation with Aspar.
The Austrian trio showing rebranded KTM bikes dominates the Moto3 standings with seven of the top ten positions, including championship leader Pedro Acosta (KTM), Sergio Garcia (GasGas) in third, and Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) in fourth. and winning 10 out of 14 races.
PruetelGP has yet to announce which riders will compete with CFMoto. Now Ryusei Yamanaka and Philip Salach are participating in the races from them – a duet that brought their team the finish in seventh place. The German team had previously been in the news over the death of their rider Jason Dupasquier in an accident during the qualifying race at Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix.
CFMoto will be the first Chinese brand to compete in Moto3, but not the first to enter world-class racing at all. Prior to them, Loncin fielded the 125GP team in the late 2000s, and Zongshen competed in the 250GP class in 2005.