Pol Espargaro signs 2 year extension with KTM joining the likes of Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales and Marc Marquez in being the fourth rider confirmed on the grid for the 2020 season
The 2020 MotoGP grid has got one more addition this afternoon as Pol Espargaro became the fourth rider on the grid to sign a new 2 year deal with the Factory KTM squad.
Espargaro has been with the Factory KTM squad since his departure from Tech 3 Yamaha at the end of the 2016 season with his old Tech 3 team-mate and long term rival Bradley Smith joining him since the beginning of last season, however it still remains unclear who will join the Spaniard for the next couple of seasons with some of MotoGP’s big names being linked to the second seat at KTM.
Pol has pulled together some very strong results on the paddocks newest bike pulling it into Q2 on 6 occasions, with P6 on the grid at Phillip Island being the highest. He has then gone on to score points in 11 races, with his top result being 9th at Brno and Phillip Island, so far this season he has managed to get into Q2 at COTA and score points in both Argentina and Americas races.
In a interview with motogp.com he said “It has been a really easy for me to make this decision; I did not think of another possibility for even a minute.”
He continues to say “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. 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. We are a team with an ambitious aim. I’m enjoying my best moments in the MotoGP championship, and I’m really happy to know that I’m going to continue here at least until 2020”
With the silly season in full swing Pol Espargaro can go into his home Grand Prix this weekend at Jerez knowing he has the next 2 seasons past 2018 already secured.
Find out how Pol Espargaro gets on in this weekends Spanish Grand Prix here.
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