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MotoGP, Beirer: "No contact between Dovizioso and KTM, we want stability"

Motorsports Director: "We've already made an offer to all our 4 riders for next year. We won't talk to anyone before they reply."

MotoGP: Beirer:

KTM could tip the market's scale for the next two years. The Austrian manufacturer has a strong sponsor (which means a big budget), contracts of four riders expiring (two on the official team and just as many in Tech3), and the desire to see it out on equal terms with the big names in the MotoGP as soon as possible.

So it's easy to foresee KTM's interest in Andrea Dovizioso, the only top rider who's still not taken.

But Pit Beirer - Motorsports Director for the company in Mattighofen, who was interviewed by - stamped out the flames.

All four of our riders received a proposal for next year. Nothing has been decided, nothing has been signed, there's nothing certain, but our priority is to keep the team exactly as it is right now," he said.

It would mean confirming Pol Espargarò and Brad Binder in the official team and Miguel Oliveira and Iker Lecuona in Tech3, doing without Dovizioso - a rider who would be very important thanks to his skills (also as a test rider) in getting the project off the ground.

At the moment, I can only say that we're not going to talk to any other rider before we know whether our riders will accept the offer or not. First, I'll work on this, then I'll see what will happen," is what Beirer replied to question on whether or not there had already been contacts with Dovi.

KTM, however, would be ready to change its mind if something went wrong.

"I hope to decide soon and have a stable future," he continued. "So there are no other negotiations at the moment. It's an ongoing process. It's very early and very difficult for anyone to make a decision because the teams would like to see the performances of the riders and the riders want to see those of the bikes. But it seems like we should all decide, a bit in the dark, and trust each other."

Translated by Leila Myftija

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