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MotoGP, Another crazy idea: Acosta to replace Jack Miller in the official KTM team

The last word on KTM's 2024 line-ups may not have been said yet, and they might decide to make Pedro debut on the Australian rider's RC16

MotoGP: Another crazy idea: Acosta to replace Jack Miller in the official KTM team

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The problems for the Pierer Mobility Group may not be over yet. After having solved the puzzle of the rider lineup for the 2024 MotoGP World Championship, entrusting Pol Espargaró with the role of test rider to make room for Pedro Acosta, a new dilemma might be looming on the horizon of the Austrian company. Namely the possibility of exchanging places between Jack Miller and the Spanish rookie. A bit like Ducati could do, should they decide to promote Jorge Martin to the official team, instead of Enea Bastianini.

While on the one hand Jack Miller has been unable to live up to expectations in his first year aboard the RC16 of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team, struggling to keep up with teammate Brad Binder after a start to the season sealed by a double podium in Jerez. On the other hand, Pedro Acosta has taken himself one step away from winning the Moto2 title, thanks to the growth he has achieved under the wing of Aki Ajo and the seven victories achieved so far this season.

A state of form that of the nineteen-year-old Spaniard which could convince the Mattighofen manufacturer to review its plans, to put him in a position to immediately start his MotoGP adventure in the best possible way, making his debut with the colours of the official team, rather than among the ranks of the GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 team. Thus having the carbon frame currently used by Miller and Binder right from the start.

When asked about the issue by the German news organization Speedweek, the director of KTM Motorsport, Pit Beirer seemed to our colleagues not to want to give a clear answer on the subject, limiting himself to saying that: "Miller is expected in KTM and Acosta in GasGas". A reply that sounds very different from a flat denial and which seems to at least leave open the possibility of an exchange of seats between the Australian and the Iberian, considered by KTM bosses to be "the new Marquez".

The change of destination of a KTM rider in MotoGP wouldn't even be new for the Austrian manufacturer, which made the same move with Brad Binder in 2020. At the time the South African should have ended up in Tech3, only to be later diverted into the Factory team to resolve the emergency created by Zarco's farewell.

 

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