Kiefer racing have confirmed that they will line up on the grid in 2018 and will switch from Suter to KTM chassis in time for the new season.
The German team have also confirmed their line up of Dominique Aegerter and Sandro Cortese, who replaces Tarran MacKenzie for the season ahead.
There had been some uncertainty around the team for next year after the tragic death of team owner Stefan Kiefer at the Malaysian Grand Prix in October, which obviously called in to question the team’s future. Backing has now been found with ex-racer David Pickworth gaining control of the team after securing some investment from Swiss and Russian companies. Finance has been secured in order to race next season, with full details to be released once the team has it’s official unveiling early next year.
With Suter initially pulling out of the sport, before returning with Forward Racing, the team have chosen to use KTM chassis next season with high hopes of an improved performance. Aegerter did claim victory at the Misano round in 2017, however he was later disqualified for use of an irregular engine oil. With KTM having won the most recent three Moto2 races, hopes are high that 2018 could be a good year for the team.
I received the last document from Jochen Kiefer [brother of Stefan] at 4pm last Thursday. I then had to have it checked by my lawyer. Then it was clear that I could take over the Kiefer Racing Team and the two Moto2 starting positions. I am very confident about our goals. The KTM won the last three races at the end of the season. The bike has proven it is competitive. We have two good riders with a lot of potential. I guard against predictions, but I am very hopeful and expect to be near the front.