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29 days ago
By Ajo Motorsport

KTM, Red Bull and Ajo Motorsport to continue collaboration

The team set their sights on the 2020 Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championship

Ajo Motorsport, KTM and Red Bull have collaborated in the Moto2™ World Championship for three years, enjoying successes like the team title they achieved in 2018. The combination will continue in 2020, with Ajo Motorsport being the main launchpad to MotoGP™ for the Austrian factory, and carrying on the talents development work already started with riders such as Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder. In the Moto3™ class the history of the combination is even longer and highly successful, with 33 victories, 2 World Championship titles and 2 runner-ups.

The project maintains its focus also in the intermediate class, where next season it will run two young talents: Jorge Martin, team’s current rider, and Iker Lecuona. As KTM is not a chassis manufacturer from 2020 in the Moto2™ class, the team will use a different package with the KTM MotoGP™ Academy riders. The team has a strong history in Moto2 starting from 2015 and then joining forces with KTM from 2017. Since the 2015 season the team has gained in Moto2™ class a total of 25 wins, 2 Rider’s World Championship titles and 1 Team World Championship title in 2018, with Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder.

The combination between KTM, Red Bull and Ajo Motorsport will continue in 2020, with the Finnish Team as the main launchpad to MotoGP™ for the Austrian factory.

The objective for the structure will continue to be training young talents, accompanying them in their formative years in the Moto3™ class and preparing them all the way for the leap up to MotoGP™ through work in the Moto2™ class. The structure will aim to be in the World Championship title fight in both classes in 2020.

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 “I am very happy to have such a strong project in place for next year in the intermediate class.” Said Team Manager Aki Ajo, “Jorge Martin and Iker Lecuona are, without a doubt, two great young talents. We have spent three years working together with KTM and Red Bull in the Moto2 class, achieving success together, and that is why it is important to continue to cooperate closely. We are also really enthusiastic to say that we have a strong package for the 2020 season to work with our young talents and develop them towards stepping up to the MotoGP class. Same with the Moto3, where we continue our co-operation with KTM and Red Bull, and the work of building up young talents towards MotoGP, specially now that KTM will put even more focus on the technical development for MotoGP and Moto3 classes. With the new focal pstepoints and strategy we aim to the very top positions in both classes, including with the Moto3 project, where we’ve developed future talents in the past years. We will now take the next step and come back into the World Championship title fight.”

KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer added “At our home Grand Prix in Austria we announced our amended road racing strategy with the main headline that we extend our MotoGP commitment for another five years (seven from now on). This is a very strong commitment to MotoGP and also for the Moto3 category. Our main goal – to be a reliable partner for young and promising riders on their way from Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup into MotoGP through our teams and our guidance – stays unchanged. We are really happy to have such young talents as Jorge Martin and Iker Lecuona in our KTM MotoGP Academy to follow riders such as Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder. For this project we are counting heavily on our long term partner Aki Ajo and his team. KTM will continue supporting him on this path with the difference that we are stepping out of Moto2 as a chassis manufacturer. With this step, we underline an even stronger commitment to Moto3, in which we rely on our own complete motorcycle, and pushing with a lot of effort towards making up the missing gap that brings our MotoGP project to an absolute success. With this realignment we have to express gratitude to Aki Ajo and his entire team for the great partnership. We are looking forward to continuing a successful long term cooperation.”