Herve Poncharal’s Tech3 squad ended a 20-year partnership with Yamaha on the conclusion of the 2018 season to hitch forces with KTM because it prolonged its presence on the MotoGP grid to 4 bikes.
Working factory-supported RC16s, Tech3 scored two of KTM’s three grand prix victories in 2020, when Miguel Oliveira took a sensational maiden win on the Styrian Grand Prix earlier than dominating the season finale in Portugal.
Poncharal confirmed earlier this 12 months that negotiations about persevering with with KTM for the subsequent 5 years had been already at a complicated stage, with the Austrian producer confirming a brand new settlement on Sunday morning forward of the Spanish GP.
“We’re very proud to make this announcement of a brand new five-year cope with Tech3,” KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer stated.
“It’s a crucial strategic transfer for us as a part of our long-term technique within the sport.
“We already agreed our participation with Dorna for an additional 5 years and it was very important to have that basis and stability in MotoGP by renewing our settlement with Tech3.
“For the previous few years, we’ve been building-up our construction and now it gives an unbelievable path from Pink Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, Moto3, Moto2 after which 4 precious locations within the premier class the place we need to succeed.
“With Herve and the Tech3 crew we’ve the perfect companion and we see the entire operation as a part of ‘one crew’.
“It’s greater than a pleasure to say we’ll be capable to assault the subsequent 5 years collectively.”
Hervé Poncharal, Pink Bull KTM Tech three
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Poncharal added: “I really feel very proud, very privileged and really honoured to announce our renewed partnership with KTM.
“I believe we would be the first impartial crew to announce a five-year settlement with a producer in MotoGP historical past.
“That is fairly an achievement and it additionally highlights how sturdy our relationship is and the way effectively the primary three years of our partnership have been working.
“I consider the perfect is but to return. We share the identical values, the identical goal, which is to by no means hand over and be able to race.
“So now that this deal is completed, signed, confirmed, let’s work even tougher on the 2021 season and naturally let’s suppose the way to be finest ready for 2022.
“I actually consider this organisation has all of the components to be profitable and it’s simply as much as us to place all of the items collectively to make it work and chase victory at each single spherical.”
The begin to the 2021 season hasn’t been straightforward for Tech3, with new signing Danilo Petrucci scoring simply three factors as far as he continues to regulate from the Ducati to the RC16.
Staff-mate Iker Lecuona has equally discovered the going powerful, the younger Spaniard scoring only one level within the first three races.