Kalex

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Kalex Engineering GmbH
Private
Industry Transportation
Founded 2008
Headquarters Bobingen, Bavaria, Germany
Key people
Klaus Hirsekorn, Alex Baumgärtel
Products Motorbikes
Website Kalex Engineering

Kalex Engineering is a German specialty engineering company that designs, manufactures and sells high-performance parts for motorcycles. Kalex Engineering was founded in 2008 in the Bavarian city of Bobingen, Germany by Klaus Hirsekorn and Alex Baumgärtel.[1]

Company history[edit]

The name of Kalex was created by merging the two first names of the company founders, Klaus Hirsekorn and Alex Baumgärtel.[1]

In 2010, with the introduction of the new 600 cc Moto2 class using controlled Honda engines,[2] Kalex Engineering began providing its chassis to the Pons Racing team.[1] Stefan Bradl became the first rider to achieve a world title using a Kalex chassis when he won the 2011 Moto2 World Championship for the Viessmann Kiefer Racing team.[3]

Kalex won the Manufacturers' Championship in 2013 Moto2 season when teams using their chassis finished in the top four places in the Championship.[1] In 2015, Kalex riders won all but one race, and took the top three places and nine of the top ten places in the overall standings. Riders using the Kalex chassis dominated the 2016 Moto2 season, winning all 18 rounds and taking the top nine positions in the season final standings.[4]

Following the change in Moto2 engine supply by Triumph from 2019, older Kalex chassis designs will continue to be used in the British GP2 classification, run within the British Supersport Championship from 2018.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Kalex Company History". kalex-engineering.de. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  2. ^ Honda Worldwide: MotoGP Retrieved 5 June 2016
  3. ^ "Stefan Bradl career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Kalex the bike to beat in Moto2 this year". motogp.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  5. ^ British GP2 Class in BSB from 2018 Superbike, 24 November 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2018
  6. ^ Ryde Wins At Brands Mansfield 103.2, 23 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018

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