KTM have confirmed that they are no longer focused on the Enduro 3 category in the Enduro World Championship.
In a recent press released issued by KTM, Pit Beirer, KTM’s Motorsport Director, stated their support was towards building a two-class structure in the EWC.
“We will be concentrating on the E1 and E2 classes, because we believe these are the real future of the sport,” confirmed Beirer.
Taking into account the FIM’s recent decision that the proposed Enduro GP class will be fully implemented into the EWC in 2017, the news adds further weight to the discussions that the EWC is moving towards a two-class EnduroGP and E1 championship. If so, this would mirror the current FIM Motocross World Championship’s two-class MX2 and MXGP structure.
With KTM positioning their 2016 rider line up of Christophe Nambotin and Nathan Watson in Enduro 1 and Ivan Cervantes and Taylor Robert in Enduro 2 it will mark the first time in more than a decade that KTM have contested only two classes of the EWC.
Similarly with Husqvarna also recently announcing an E1 and E2 only line-up for 2016, there is a very real chance of Sherco, Beta or possibly Gas Gas becoming Enduro 3 champions for the very first time.