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Rider contracts for 2021 are becoming a hot topic as MotoGP™ eagerly awaits the return of racing in 2020. The latest team to have signed up their riders for 2021 and beyond have been Team Suzuki Ecstar, but there’s plenty more gossip floating around regarding other factories.
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Two of them is Ducati and KTM. There’s been a lot of speculation regarding Pol Espargaro’s (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) whereabouts for 2021, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) also rumoured to be in talks with other teams. However, speaking to Motorsport.com, KTM Motorsports Director Pit Beirer has suggested there shouldn’t be a change to the Pol Espargaro and Brad Binder factory KTM line-up next season.
“This is a difficult time to change riders, because no races have been run, no one can assess the evolution of both [rider and bike]. At the same time, we can’t wait too long either. We are currently negotiating and the objective is to extend the current contracts [we have],” explained Beirer. “A substitute for Pol? If you want to be successful with a Plan A, you shouldn’t waste energy preparing a Plan B. I only focus on continuing with the four riders [Espargaro, Binder, Miguel Oliveira and Iker Lecuona] that we have.”
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