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Just 10 days ago the news of Tech3's break with Yamaha was confirmed at the end of this season and now another open secret is confirmed: the signing of the Poncharal team with KTM to compose a joint MotoGP World Championship team from 2019.
These plans no impact on Red Bull KTM MotoGP which has the Austrian factory at the moment competing in the premier class, but two other mounts of the brand will be added, which will have four motorcycles on the track when they begin their third MotoGP season.
This is another big step for us
Just two days ago, during the past Losail tests, Hervé Poncharal himself admitted that he had an "interesting proposal from a factory for three seasons" and that, furthermore, his interest was in a brand that "is present in all three categories", white and in the bottle, because KTM perfectly fulfilled the requirement and was on all pools.
Although until today they have not made it official, nor have they talked about the seasons that will unite them, they have confirmed that from next season KTM and Tech3 will walk hand in hand in the top category of the world speed championship.
The Austrian brand will thus have four RC16s on track, the two from Red Bull KTM that he currently has and another two from Hervé Poncharal's team; something that the factory considers a great advance that will also help them in their development.
This is how Pit Beirer, the director of KTM Motorsport, explained: "Having four KTM RC16s on the track is another big step for us, both in terms of developing our bike and expanding the structure of KTM in the paddock from the Red Bull Rookies. Cup to MotoGP ", he pointed out.
In addition, Beirer has also had good words for his ally from November: "We are very happy to join forces with Tech3 in MotoGP from 2019 as the team has many years of experience and has achieved great results in the championship. Your professional structure makes us stronger. We are looking forward to starting our collaboration and I am grateful to Hervé Poncharal for believing in KTM, "he pointed out, aware that it will be an agreement with great benefit for both parties.