So now it's official: Johann Zarco has decided to switch decided to join KTM. There was already speculation about a change at the Austin GP. However, nothing was confirmed at the time. This has changed now. KTM has officially confirmed the commitment of the former Moto2 champion. The Frenchman receives a two-year contract. At the moment the Frenchman is still driving for the Tech3 Yamaha team, which will no longer exist in this form in the coming season. After many years of cooperation, Yamaha and Tech3 part ways. As of the 2019 season, Tech3 will appropriately switch to KTM.
Pol Espargaro also in 2019 and 2020 for KTM
The other starting place in the KTM factory team is already busy tzt. Pol Espargaro has extended his contract until the end of the 2020 season. The Spaniard with starting number 44 has been racing for KTM since 2017 and was significantly involved in the development of the MotoGP bike. The second cockpit is currently occupied by Bradley Smith, who has to look for a new team for the coming season.
Pol Espargaro was pleased about the contract extension: 'For me it was a very easy decision to make. I didn't think of an alternative for a minute. I'm overjoyed to be able to work on this project and am already looking forward to the new challenges. I love KTM's philosophy and would like to help achieve our goals. I knownot yet when we will achieve our goals, but I am confident that it will not be long. I would like to thank the KTM team and the whole crew for their support. We are a team with ambitious goals and I am very happy to have extended my contract until the end of 2020. '