Espargaro was knowledgeable of his exit from Honda earlier this yr because the Japanese marque seems to be to shuffle its line-ups for 2023 following one other tough marketing campaign with the RC213V.
The Spaniard has lengthy been anticipated to return to KTM with the Tech3 squad, with Espargaro confirming final outing at Silverstone that he had signed a two-year deal and can be driving a “acquainted” bike.
Forward of this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix on the Crimson Bull Ring, KTM formally introduced Espargaro’s appointment on the Tech3 squad – which can even now run beneath the GasGas Manufacturing facility Racing identify from 2023, having misplaced its Crimson Bull backing in 2021.
KTM has confirmed that Tech3 will obtain machine parity with the manufacturing facility KTM squad in 2023.
No replace has been given about who will associate Espargaro at Tech3 subsequent yr.
Espargaro made his MotoGP debut with the Tech3 crew in 2014 as reigning Moto2 world champion when the squad ran Yamaha equipment.
The Spaniard didn’t make it to the rostrum in his first three seasons within the premier class because the M1 largely didn’t go well with his driving type.
He was signed to a manufacturing facility contract by KTM to helm its debut in MotoGP from 2017, with Espargaro instrumental in reworking the RC16 from a back-of-the-grid runner to a race winner within the 4 seasons he spent with the marque.
2023 GASGAS Manufacturing facility Racing Crew livery
Picture by: GasGas Manufacturing facility Racing
Espargaro scored KTM’s first MotoGP podium in a moist Valencia race in 2018, earlier than including 5 extra to his tally in 2020 – although he would narrowly be denied a maiden victory on the Crimson Bull Ring that yr by Tech3 counterpart Miguel Oliveira.
Honda scooped up Espargaro for the 2021 season, with the Spaniard scoring two rostrums with the Japanese marque in an in any other case fruitless stint with HRC.
In a latest Autosport interview, Mir says he has shied away from speaking a lot about his future plans as he felt fielding such questions confirmed an absence of “respect” for his present Suzuki crew – who faces an unsure future following the Japanese producer’s determination to give up MotoGP on the finish of the yr.