The lineups for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Red Bull KTM Tech3 have been known for a number of months, with 28-year-old Pol Espargaro returning for his fourth term with the KTM RC16 (as holder of the most Grand Prix points and one podium finish) and his seventh in the category, 24-year-old rookie teammate Brad Binder making his MotoGP debut and with Miguel Oliveira (the 25-year-old’s second MotoGP year) and Iker Lecuona (at 20 another rookie for 2020 and the youngest racer on the grid) forming the Tech3 roster.
For the second season on a row, KTM will count four KTM RC16s on the MotoGP grid and with the quartet of race bikes all carrying a 2020 spec. The riders have already completed both a private and official IRTA test so far since January and will lap Losail starting on February 22 for three days in the final dialling-in outing before Grand Prix action commences at the same venue.
Red Bull KTM Tech3 boast some novelty factor for 2020 with their “Organics by Red Bull” livery and a fresh look for the crew. The potential of the third generation of the KTM RC16 is eagerly anticipated after the firm expanded their test team efforts with the experience of former world champion Dani Pedrosa complementing the long-standing knowledge of Mika Kallio in 2019.
MotoGP will represent the peak of the KTM road-racing structure. No less than 14 KTM RC4 riders will be progressing or learning the finer points of Grand Prix in the Moto3 division while the stars of tomorrow will be battling through the 2020 seven-round Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the brand-new Northern Talent Cup series.