Finally KTM will lose two riders at the same time Jorge Martin (to Ducati) and Pol Espargaro (to Repsol Honda). Reported by German media, speedweek that: Pol Espargaro was contracted by Repsol-Honda for two years (2021-2022) .. And to maintain Marc Marquez’s ‘feelings’, his younger brother was entrusted to the LCR Honda satellite team .. Pol Espargaro to Repsol Honda became Marquez’s partner. not ordinary news ..
It is now clear that after four years at KTM, Pol Espargaro will become a Repsol-Honda racer in 2021 and 2022. He will replace Alex Marquez.
To keep Marc Marquez happy, Alex Marquez will be transferred to the Honda LCR team next season. Crutchlow and Nakagami? There are two possibilities for Crutchlow to retire after the 2020 season or Nakagami being shifted to WSBK.
Nakagami, aren’t you Japanese? … Yup … So far, Honda really wants to have a Japanese MotoGP racer. He is now 28 years old and only finished in the top 5. Maybe Honda could persuade him to turn to SBK.
2 year contract
It is said that the boss of the MotoGP team who does not want to be named (maybe Puig) is interested in Pol Espargaro. And now confirm that Pol Espargaro and HRC have agreed to sign him for the next two years.
If left by Pol Espargaro of course, KTM and Red Bull don’t want to invest 30 million euros (476 Billion) a year in MotoGP with novice drivers (Oliveira, Binder and Lecuona). Therefore KTM is doing everything it can to find an equivalent replacement for Espargaro.
While Dovizioso set the value of his contract 5 to 6 million euros (95 billion). And Pol Espargaro’s salary could be around 2 million euros (equivalent to 32 billion). Does KTM want …? .. This news certainly also reached Ducati. Andrea Dovizioso can move to KTM Red Bull. Even so Ducati also does not want to lose their experienced drivers. “We continue to negotiate with Dovi and hope he stays with us,” Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti said today.
Pit Beirer (KTM boss) who doesn’t say much doesn’t want to comment on the current situation. His silence is certain to be more difficult to find a replacement for Pol Espargaro. KTM Red Bull has lost two former world champions in the past three days: Pol Espargaro (2013 Moto2 World Champion), and Jorge Martin (World Moto3 2018) in the Pramac Ducati team’s rover.
Doviziso and his manager Simone Battistella were gambling between select Ducati Corse and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. If Dovi lives at Ducati he can fight for the world title.