Only a small minority get to feel the full power of a sport bike’s potential around highly modern motorsport circuits. But there is nothing to stop the rest of us from dreaming, right? Well, KTM now wants to pull riders firmly into reality, and the KTM Academy of Speed is a brand-new initiative launching in 2024 that will bring orange passion, service and pulse-quickening emotions to the customer track experience.
Across three events at three world-class circuits in June, July and September 2024, the KTM Academy of Speed will invite riders old and new to the brand (and to the racetrack) to sample high-pace, high-quality guidance and high adrenaline with a premium edge.
Seventy-two places per day each day at the Salzburgring and Red Bull Ring (both in Austria) and the Automotodróm Slovakia Ring will be separated between three groups: Rookie, ambitious Amateur and Pro. There will be instructors and KTM ambassadors catering to every level. Furthermore, help and coaching from the likes of MotoGP stars and former GP racer and MotoGP Team Manager Mike Leitner will happen both on and off the track. “Pro” riders (those with extensive track day mileage and seeking to trim lap-times further) can bask in the full two-day schedule with enhanced technical support and a pitbox setup with a seating and gear area. An evening dinner and entertainment program for all will foster a community spirit: The KTM Academy of Speed wants to provide first-rate tuition and create unforgettable moments both when the visor is clicked shut and when the leathers are packed away, and the stories are flowing.
The KTM Academy of Speed is the brainchild of ex-Grand Prix riders and a result of KTM’s own passion for the asphalt. In 2023, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing seized two MotoGP Sprint wins and appeared on the podium nine times, finishing fourth in the championship with Brad Binder and second in the constructors standings. KTM knows how to build a bike. The Grand Prix-winning competitiveness of the KTM RC16 and the KTM RC4 in Moto3 has accumulated numerous victories, rostrums and championships in the last 11 years.
The 2024 KTM Academy of Speed will fill up rapidly. The confirmed days are:
- Salzburgring, Austria: June 20-21, 2024
- Red Bull Ring, Austria: July 17-18, 2024
- Slovakia Ring, Slovakia: Sept. 4-5, 2024
The scheme is exclusive for what it offers but welcoming for riders of all skills. The KTM Academy of Speed has been created to appeal to motorcycle racing enthusiasts, KTM owners and fans of the brand, and then riders curious about their ability and who want to explore the next steps or limits.
For more information and, crucially, to reserve a slot on one of the 2024 KTM Academy of Speed dates through the online booking platform, click here.