KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has revealed his bold plans for the future of Husqvarna – and they could include a return to Moto2 and Moto3 racing for the Austrian-cum-Swedish factory.
Believe it or not, it’s six years since KTM got its hands on Husqvarna – and in that time, the two brands have continued to go from strength to strength. But in an interview with Speedweek, Stefan Pierer has revealed that he’s got big plans for Husky.
Pierer said: “I want to become the second largest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe with Husqvarna in the next three or four years” – though it definitely won’t be at the detriment to KTM. He added: “On the off road it works perfectly, and our two brands compete with each other. Why not do it also in Moto3 or Moto2? It would be perfectly logical. It would make a lot of sense for the knowledge of the brand.”
Yes, you read that right. Husqvarna could be making a return to the short circuit. Of course, back in 2014 and 2015, the brand had a crack at competing in the MotoGP World Championship in the Moto3 category. But it was unlikely to ever be a long term endeavour – instead, the KTM Group used it as a chance to get its newest brand in front of an even wider audience. And it seems to have worked, with Husqvarna selling 6,000 bikes in 2013 and surpassing 48,500 in 2017. Well played.
With Husqvarna currently filling out its range of road models – it wouldn’t be too much of surprise to see it get involved in the racing world, and get its newly introduced machines in front of a watching world once more. Only time will tell.
To check out the original story on Speedweek, click HERE.