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MotoGP, Pol Espargarò: “I wanted to continue, but KTM didn’t decide on its own”

The Spanish rider spoke through his social media channels: “I think I still have the speed to stay with the best in the MotoGP, but this will help KTM become a reference team”

MotoGP: Pol Espargarò: “I wanted to continue, but KTM didn’t decide on its own”

Yesterday, the problem regarding the riders to be fielded for 2024 was resolved by KTM: five riders with a contract, four bikes available, and hardly any chance  of bending the laws of mathematics to one’s liking, made it clear that either Pol Espargarò or Augusto Fernandez would have been forced to step aside and allow Pedro Acosta to debut in the top class. The youngest of the Espargarò brothers seemed like the candidate to “sacrifice” but, in the current MotoGP, you never know how contractual matters will be resolved.

In the end, KTM decided to give up Pol Espargarò in the role of starting rider for 2024, carving out a different spot for the Spanish rider. In fact, he’ll be a test rider alongside Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio and will participate in six Grand Prixs, by virtue of the greater number of wild cards that will be possible next season. In yesterday’s statement that confirmed the GasGas line up, made up of Augusto Fernandez and Pedro Acosta, Pol wasn’t quoted. He instead spoke through his social media channels.

Hi, everyone. As you know, I’m not a fan of social media, but since I’m receiving many messages of encouragement and support for the Pierer Mobilità Group’s news regarding our future, I wanted to clarify a few things. First of all, thank you very much for all the messages, but I’d like to tell you that it wasn’t a unilateral decision. On the contrary!

It is true that I would've liked to continue racing full-time in the MotoGP, because I think I still have the speed to be among the best, but the truth is that my stepping aside next year to join the test team and do several wild cards is the result of an understanding between the two parties, given the contractual problems the group is having at the moment, and thinking about a long-term collaboration towards making the Pierer Mobility Group the reference team in the MotoGP World Championship!

There are still many races left this year and also in the future and, since I’m one of those who believes that there’s strength in numbers, we’ll remain united, in order to create a memorable season finale! Thank you with all my heart!

Translated by Leila Myftija

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