The last year has been particularly interesting at the level of market in MotoGP. Not only with regard to the transfers of the drivers – an area in which, however, there was no lack of twists and ‘sensational’ moves – but also for the movements of the various satellite teams from one house to another. Particularly interesting, above all, is the situation of the Ducati, which in 2022 will line up eight bikes on the track. Two in the official team and six in the customer teams. In fact, Gresini’s team will be added to the Pramac team and the nascent VR46.
Over the last few seasons the importance of having client teams has grown exponentially, especially due to the constant leveling of performance between the various houses. It is no coincidence that many brands are literally competing to snatch some ‘affiliates’ from the competition. In particular, the ’emerging’ houses are the most eager to expand their influence and among these certainly stands out KTM. In the last two years the Austrian group has returned to savor the victory of individual GPs. To actually aim for the big target, however, you need a further leap in level.
For this reason Pit Beirer, boss of the black-orange house, has relaunched KTM’s intention to include a third team. “We bring so many top talent from the two smaller classes – explained to the German site Speedweek – that with ‘only’ four places in MotoGP there could be a bottleneck at some point “. The Mattighofen house is actually very active at the ‘academy’ level. It is no coincidence that the entire 2022 line-up of the Tech3 customer team will be composed of the two KTM riders who are playing for the title in Moto2: Remy Gardner and Raúl Fernández. And obviously the phenomenon is also on the waiting list Pedro Acosta.
“We negotiated with Lucio [Cecchinello] two years ago – revealed Beirer – but it seems to be a very loyal partner to Honda. That’s why we’ve never had an in-depth conversation. As soon as we have the feeling that our two teams are stable and that the performance is adequate, we really want a third team in MotoGP “ however, the 48-year-old German reiterated.