Having announced Pol Espargarò just yesterday, KTM now completes its line-up by confirming that Johann Zarco will be its new rider for the next two years. The rumours that saw the French rider joining forces with the Austrian manufacturer have been proved correct and Johann will be wearing KTM orange in both 2019 and 2020.
"There has always been a good contact with Johann and since the Red Bull Rookies Cup - recalls Pit Beirer, Motorsport Director at KTM - We supported the Moto2 project through WP and our Moto3 Team Manager Aki Ajo is a good friend of him. We also have a nice connection with his manager Laurent Fellon. It was a group effort to get this done. We had to trust in our capability to build a winning bike and Johann would not come over if he did not see and feel that trust. We feel very responsible now to get that package strong enough so that he can continue on the level where he is. It is our big target."
“It is clear that we want to take another step in MotoGP. The first two years were about building up the project and to get everything running. You always want to get the best possible riders on board and it’s obvious with Johann beating the factory guys on satellite machinery and consistently qualifying on the front row means he is a strong fighter with a strong sprit. I’m convinced we can reach the next level with a rider like Johann with us.”