As per the latest reports, Red Bull KTM has extended Pol Espargaro’s contract. The 26-year-old rider will continue to represent the team at least until the end of 2020.
Red Bull KTM entered the MotoGP championship in 2017. Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith were the two riders who were signed up to ride the RC16s. Espargaro has been a consistent performer since the beginning, and this has immensely impressed the team.
Speaking about Espargaro’s renewed deal, Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director, said, “Pol has been such a strong part of our project and gave us a lot of trust and belief as well as the highlights so far with two ninth positions. I’m really happy we can continue together for another two years because we can build on the work we have already done and keep progressing with the bike. He should definitely be one of the people that should benefit from everything we have achieve and learned and how we will push on in the future.”
Pol has won the Moto2 world championship in 2013 and proved his talent and skills. Before getting onboard Red Bull KTM, he was riding with Monster Yamaha Tech 3. His present teammate in KTM is Bradley Smith.
A happy Pol commented on his new deal, “It has been really easy for me to make this decision; I did not think of another possibility for even a minute. I cannot hide how happy I am being involved in this amazing project, despite the challenges and the work we still have to go through. I love the KTM philosophy and I want to continue trying to reach our goals.”
He further added, “I don’t know when we will be able to do it, but I’m sure that we will arrive. I have to thank my whole crew for how they push and how they support me, with the leadership of my crew chief Paul Trevathan, and for sure Mike Leitner and Pit Beirer for how they strive every day. And, of course, all the people that work at the races and back at Munderfing.”
It is good news for Pol. However, things for Bradley look blurred. There have been words which tell us that Red Bull KTM has signed Johann Zarco for the next MotoGP season. He would be replacing Smith.