Kiefer Racing on the verge of being eliminated from the world championship
The German team wasn’t considered by selection committee for a starting place in the Moto2™ World Championship.
This was preceded by the decision of the Moto2 World Championship organisers to reduce the starting grid in the intermediate Grand Prix class from 32 to 28 riders. After 16 years of racing at the highest level on world stage, Kiefer Racing should now disappear from the World Championship. After the stroke of fate in 2017, when team founder and co-owner Stefan Kiefer passed away suddenly on October 27th, his brother Jochen took over the fortunes of the company on his own. After initial difficulties, Jochen Kiefer and his wife Christina have now succeeded in putting the continued existence of the team on a solid base. The prerequisites for a better appearance in 2020 have long been in place. This should never have been for nothing. By the way, Christina Kiefer has made racing as her main Profession.
In Germany, it isn’t easy to find sponsors for racing. Kiefer Racing has therefore adopted a modern form of one-event sponsoring to offer companies a favourable opportunity for their support. Jochen and Christina Kiefer have thus encountered many open ears. The 2020 season would already be secured for the most part.
Kiefer Racing always has been a family business and this gene is still firmly rooted within the team. In 1989 Stefan and Jochen Kiefer started with racing as riders in the German Yamaha Cup. Ten years later, in 1999, the first own racing team was founded. First, they competed in IDM (Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft). In 2002 Kiefer Racing won with Christian Gemmel the runner-up title in the 250ccm European Championship. This achievement was the foundation stone for its promotion to World Championship. The outfit from Rheinland-Pfalz celebrated their greatest successes in 2011 and 2015, when Stefan Bradl and Danny Kent won the Moto2 and Moto3 riders World Championships respectively. In addition, they can count four titles in German championship under their belt.
At Kiefer Racing nothing is left to chance though, racing is done with seriousness. This is why Kiefer isn’t only active in grand prix racing. Kiefer Racing has always been committed to young talents. At the moment, the CEV series, formerly the Spanish Championship, is training internal youngsters.
Jochen KIEFER (Team principal):
"It's absolutely incomprehensible to us that we have to leave at the end of the season. On the other hand, it has obvious since long that for Dorna and IRTA one-rider teams are a thorn in the side. That's why we tried to get a second place on the grid. We asked several times in this respect and we’re able to present good and promising options. Especially from a German point of view these would be very interesting. We’re also ready to be able to prove the financing of a two-rider team yet. But all this didn’t count. To date, we are just a one-rider team, and these are to be decommissioned."
"Nevertheless, it isn’t understandable that a team with a long tradition will be kicked out of the World Championship. During all these years, we didn't let anything get to us in this paddock. Apart from that, we’re able to present great successes with two World Championship titles and a total of eleven Grand Prix victories. In addition, we always have been committed to promoting young German talents and bringing young riders from Germany to the World Championship. At the moment there are very few promising talents in Central Europe anyway. With Lukas Tulovic we’ve started another project in this respect this year. We’ve a plan seeing a three-year programme with him. We also received an offer in Mugello to join the new KTM ETC series. We wanted to compete with four riders in this cup next year, while we’ve been in the CEV series in Moto3 Junior WM and European Talent Cup for several years. Also, these engagements from our side were not considered."
"The decision on the part of those responsible not to give us a place on the grid is in many ways incomprehensible. In the past, we always have been given the feeling that we’re the contact partner for all matters relating to young talents in Germany. That's why we ask ourselves now whether we’re serious about promoting German or German-speaking talents when German teams have no doors open in the paddock of the World Championship. But we won't give up so quickly, so that perhaps important gentlemen in Germany will become aware and reconsider this decision together with those responsible for the World Championship. Our chances are not great, but we should leave no stone unturned. We’re also overwhelmed by the reactions since this decision became known. We never thought we would have that much fans. It's good to know we’ve that backing."