It appears that KTM is very keen on Team Tech3, or at least on its riders. The Austrian manufacturer, which will make its MotoGP debut next year, has already signed up Bradley Smith and is now trying to tempt Pol Espargarò away from Yamaha too.
The Spaniard may therefore decided to follow his teammate over to the orange bikes, safe in the knowledge that he's riding for a factory team but with many unknowns to deal with in terms of the bike's competitiveness, which will surely not be at the level of his M1, albeit a satellite machine.
It's no secret that Pol dreams of riding for a Factory team, but the doors to the official Yamaha garage have remained closed. Lin Jarvis, at Mugello, was very clear: “we considered Espargarò but right now his M1 can achieve more than he has so far, and last year he did no better than Smith”.
It's hard to deny the words of the Yamaha boss, meaning that Pol is at something of a junction. On one side lies the certainty of team Tech3 and the M1 he knows well, on the other is the KTM gamble, with a team still to be formed and a bike still to be developed.
Not an easy decision.