MotoGP: KTM in an enormous driver makeover for 2023 – Motorsport

Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira will have a spot on KTM’s staff in the 2022 MotoGP season, and the two rookies Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner are on the Tech3 customer team.

However, this quadruple will only last this year, as Mattighofeners is on the cusp of a major turmoil in the driver sector.

In the premium motorcycle category, a number of contracts expire at the end of the season. Only seven of the 22 pole positions were occupied for 2023. With the departure of Suzuki Motorcycles, the situation in the rider market is more tense than ever, with the cast losing two places.

In the factory Yamaha and Aprilia teams, the driver duo has already been confirmed – Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli as well as Alex Espargaro and Maverick Vinales – with only one contract left for Honda (Marc Marquez) and Ducati (Francesco Bagnaia).

Brad Bender is also at the top of the Austrian manufacturer’s saddle, but the other three places are ready to grab.

Driver exchange between KTM and Ducati

Co-worker Miguel Oliveira just wants to be satisfied with a spot on the first team and not be relegated to Tech3.

Aside from his victory in Indonesia, the Portuguese couldn’t come up with any solid arguments as to why he should definitely earn a spot next to Bender. In the confrontations this season, the score was 7-2 for the South African team.

It looks like the tablecloth between the KTM record winner in MotoGP and sporting director Pit Beirer’s bosses has been cut, and the successor should already be decided: Jack Miller.

The Australian is currently still driving a factory Ducati, but is clearly at a disadvantage in the duel with last year’s vice world champion Bajnaya. After Bologna stopped planning with the 27-year-old, according to several media reports, he will now stay with KTM for two years.

Paul Espargaro traveled to KTM between 2017 and 2020

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Oliveira, on the other hand, is planning to go in the opposite direction, having held talks with Gresini Racing, one of Ducati’s three space teams, as part of the weekend in Barcelona.

There, Vienna by her choice is set to take charge from Enea Bastianini, who is about to join the Ducati factory team. In the Pramac-Ducati and VR46, the Jorge Martin/Johann Zarco and Luca Marini/Marco Bezzecchi duo will also likely be used next year.

Beginners cause trouble – the familiar face may return

Changes were also announced for the KTM Tech3 team. Raul Fernandez is said to be in talks with WithU-RNF-Aprilia, although KTM would like to keep him, as is Remy Gardner.

But: At Gardner, there are problems with his manager Paco Sanchez, who recently criticized the technical staff and found the salary offer for 2023 to be insufficient. Fernandes also has issues when it comes to finances, and the 2021 Moto2 vice world champion’s understanding of technology should cause problems.

Paul Espargaro, an old acquaintance, intends to take over one of the two places that will likely become vacant. The current Honda driver left Upper Austria two years ago to challenge star Marc Marquez at Honda in an internal team duel.

However, the seven-time world champion lost a lot of that time to injury and Espargaro doesn’t feel comfortable with Honda anymore. At KTM, the 30-year-old Spaniard wants to fly to new heights once again. In 2020, his final year with KTM, brother Alex Espargaro won five podiums and two poles.

Next to Marquez, the 2020 world champion, Joanne Mir, is set to take a seat in the future.

MotoGP comes too early for the prodigy Acosta

Who could finish second in Tech3 is currently still in the stars.

Perhaps Augusto Fernandez or child prodigy Pedro Acosta will rise from the Moto2 team, but with the latter Pete Perrier recently confirmed that the Spaniard will also compete in the second-highest class of the MotoGP World Championships in 2023.

Fernandes led to his first Moto2 win in three years at Le Mans, but he is not (yet) expected to move to MotoGP.

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