KTM have completed their rider line-up for the 2017 MotoGP campaign after signing Pol Espargaro to partner Bradley Smith next season. The Spaniard has spent three seasons with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 but a statement from the Japanese manufacturer confirmed the end of Espargaro’s association with them, opening the door for his switch to KTM on a two-year contract.
Today’s news means KTM will have the top satellite riders from each of the last two years within their ranks next season and Motorsport Director Pit Beirer is delighted with the line-up he has assembled for the team’s entry year.
“We’re more than happy that we’re now able to sign Pol Espargaro as a young rider of form and with MotoGP experience for this dynamic project. Both Pol and Bradley are well suited to KTM. Also in Mika Kallio we have an extremely motivated and competent test rider within the structure. We can grow together and continue to develop in all aspects. Now we hope for good conditions for the further tests and extend wishes to everyone for a successful rest of the season 2016.”
Kallio will continue to develop the squad’s factory MotoGP machine throughout the summer with Espargaro and Smith likely to get their first action on the bike following the conclusion of the 2016 season.