KTM is delighted to announce the appointment of Stefan Nebel, one of Germany's most impressive Superbike talents as the official test rider for the new KTM RC8 machine. With this appointment, on of the worldwide leading companies in the production of sports motorcycles takes one more step forward in the street bike sector, thus underlining that KTM intends to be "Ready to Race" also with the ambitious RC8 project.
Talented rider for an exceptional machine, the recently launched RC8 is KTM's most ambitious development project to date and it is appropriate that a rider with Stefan Nebel's skills and race track experience should be at the helm of this remarkable machine.
Impressive Superbike performances, Nebel, born in 1981 and by his own admission, most at home on the NÃƒÂ¼rburgring and Brands Hatch racing circuits has clocked up an impressive list of results in Superbike competition in Germany and in international competition. He won the Superbike IDM series in 2003 and again in 2005, his best ever season in the international German Superbike championship. The same year he took pole position at Magny Cours and was third across the line in the FIM Superstock race. In 2006 he finished fifth in the Super Bike IDM, a result he repeated in 2007. Nebel has also performed impressively in the World Endurance 24h at Le Mans, the World Endurance 8h in Suzuka and the World Endurance 24h at Oschersleben, Germany. He also tested for MotoGP in 2006.
KTM is confident that with Stefan Nebel, the RC8 has a test rider that can help the company's research and development department further refine the bike in preparation for successful future performances on the race track.