The 2017 MotoGP season was a nail-biter all the way down to the final race.
As the dust settled from Andrea Dovizioso crashing out of the final race in Valencia, Spain, the leaderboard was finalized. Marc Márquez earned his sixth championship title, Dovizioso had to settle for second place, Maverick Viñales took third in his first year racing for the Yamaha factory team, and Valentino Rossi ended up finishing fifth overall (his worst finish since returning to Yamaha in 2013) after breaking his leg.
In the final standings, the top 12 riders were all aboard a Honda, a Yamaha or a Ducati. Over the past few years, we have also seen manufacturers Aprilia, Suzuki, and most recently KTM enter the ring, but success is elusive. The barriers to entry are incredibly steep. Beyond the financial burden of developing a MotoGP bike, think about the logistics, manpower, and learning curve that must be tackled in order to succeed in even getting a place on the grid in the most premier motorcycle stage in the world.
If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around it, Red Bull created a full-length feature that traces KTM's efforts in building a bike, selecting the riders, and getting ready to race. Here's the trailer for the film.
To watch the full feature, you'll have to follow this link to the Red Bull site.
The holidays are upon us and most of the upper-level management is out of town. So sit back, relax, and give yourself a break for the next 45 minutes as Red Bull Media follows Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith as they become the first two riders in history to campaign a KTM at the highest level of motorcycle competition in the world: MotoGP.