KTM confirms its 2021 drivers and none is Pol Espargaró

The Mattighofen factory announces its lineup for next year: Binder-Oliveira in the official team and Petrucci-Lecuona in Tech3.

Everything to indicate, before the world coronavirus crisis seriously affected the official calendar of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship, that the rider market was just going to rise in temperature with the renovations of Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo with Yamaha until 2022 and Marc Márquez with Honda until 2024.

However, an information in early June that already placed Pol Espargaró as Marc Márquez's new partner in the golden wing factory for the next season, has caused a suffocating heat wave in the queen class that KTM has fed this Thursday with the announcement of the four drivers that will make up the structures of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Red Bull KTM Tech 3 in 2021.

Because the little one from the Espargaró is not on the list provided by the Mattighofen factory. Next year Brad Binder will share the garage of the official team of the Austrian brand with Miguel Oliveira, whose vacancy in the satellite team will be filled by Danilo Petrucci, who will pilot for the first time an RC16 in the top motorcycle category with Iker Lecuona.

An absence that certifies 99.9% that Pol has already made the decision to move to Japan on January 1 and face the challenge of being the teammate of the eight-time champion. A signing, whose official confirmation could be delayed until September 15 due to a clause that exists in the Spaniard's contract, which will take Álex Marquez to the LCR Honda box, with official material, as a teammate of Takaaki Nakagami, and Cal Crutchlow to Aprilia to replace the suspended Andrea Iannone

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