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Few notes:

- Its now a North America FIM sanctioned race series, following DORNA's rules/suggestions.
- Wayne Rainey is the key player and the person developing the class structure in conjunction with Dorna directly.
- The series will contain both privateer/amateur AND professional racing events under one roof. (good bye WERA National's)
- Dorna will over-see an all-new specialized youth training program. (KTM RC390 cup is the concept)

 

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This makes me wonder why a 390cc, assuming it is a 390cc four stroke.
Ohh its based on the Duke 690 platform, so the displacement is another "90" which is silly, but whatever. Its a DOHC, 45hp, 4 stroke that weighs 290lb dry. :)

The bike was developed specifically for new racer programs AND will be available in the states as of 2015.
 

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For a bespoke race bike? Prepped already as most every KTM always is? Sounds like a deal to me!
The RC390 is actually made in India, so it doesn't have the same high-end components as the other KTM's do. The race bike will be made by the same factory, but will have many of the component issues fixed.

Rumors are the standard production bike will be low $6k range and the race bike will be $9 - $10k.

KTM have done a great job in recent years, building motorcycles for the "in between" markets. Its not a 250 its a 390, its not a 600 inline its a 690 single. When the Duke 690R makes it state side (which is an eventuality) that will be the next big mid-class bike. Over 72hp and 62lb torque in a package that weighs 425lb dry. Fully adjustable suspension AND most importantly crash bars come stock! LOL :)

Unfortunately, KTM are killing the RC8 project. The RC8 race is an amazing package out of the box, but they simply couldn't sell enough street going models to continue making the bike. Developing a higher-end machine is too costly for such a small market. Beginner bikes like the RC390 are a great market and sell tens of thousands per year, vs a few thousand high-end sport bikes.

Exciting stuff, I truly hope it all pans out like it appears to be. :)
 
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