Oh, She’s a Screamer Alright

We’re talking about a screamer engine, not a woman. Get your mind out of the damn gutter.

It seems just like yesterday that I was having a conversation regarding KTM’s propensity to head out on a direction all its own. Back in the heyday of my Motocross meddling, I struck up a conversation with him regarding how the only two-strokes we saw out on the track were KTMs. If it was whining, it was most likely a KTM.

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I’m not sure if that’s still the case out there for those loamy-loving folk – my gut tells me that the deep rumble (and efficiency) of four-strokes is still the dominating force. But shit, it wouldn’t surprise me if KTM just dropped another two-stroke on the market because why the hell not?

Point being, this is a MotoGP article, not a MotoX article. And yet, KTMs involvement in both sports is a bit of a mirror image. Now that we know that Honda is swapping to a “big-bang” engine, the change has poised KTM to be the only machine out on the field that’s running the even-fired “screamer” engine. Truth be told – I think they prefer it this way.

I’m not sure if it’s a matter of stubbornness, or a belief that being different might give them a competitive edge, but it looks like KTM is sticking to its guns for the upcoming season.

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Bradley Smith was given a shot to test out the newest iteration of the “screamer” engine at Jerez. And by initial tests, it looks like he’s confident that it’s a step in the right direction, power band be damned.

“”If Jerez is the most slippery track we go to – and I believe it is one of the most in terms of wheel spin – and seeing what grip we have, at the moment I’m happy,” – Bradley Smith

A revisiting tire compound could be the answer to those unpredictable corner exits that have become synonymous with “screamer” engines. Alas, we’ll have to wait on in anticipation of the 2017 season to uncover how these strategic decisions pay off.