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MotoGP, Pit Beirer has a soft spot for Vinales who is set to join Bastianini in KTM

The Spanish rider, currently on Aprilia, has a great relationship with Pit Beirer, to whom he gave the world title gold medal in 2013. Viñales has won a total of ten MotoGP races since 2016 on three different brands: Suzuki, Yamaha and Aprilia

MotoGP: Pit Beirer has a soft spot for Vinales who is set to join Bastianini in KTM

At the Mugello GP it became obvious that Enea Bastianini will join the GASGAS Factory Tech3 MotoGP team in 2025 because Marc Márquez will take the spot in the Ducati Lenovo Factory team – and Jorge Martin would leave for Aprilia Racing to possibly team up with Maverick Viñales.

The management of Pierer Mobility AG will run Brad Binder and Pedro Acosta in the Red Bull KTM factory  in 2025 and 2026, but has not yet confirmed the signing of Enea Bastianini. But Hubert Trunkenpolz, Deputy Chairman of the board of directors at Pierer Mobility (the first character of his family name is part of the brand name KTM which stands for Kronreif & Trunkenpolz, Mattighofen), has confirmed his interest in «Bestia», who won four MotoGP races in 2022 and finished third in the overall standings. Trunkenpolz: "We hope for better results from Jack Miller and Augusto Fernández during the next races. Our plan is to sign two riders for the GASGAS Tech3 team who have achieved podium finishes in 2024."

This goal was achieved by Enea Bastianini in Mugello by finishing second to winner Pecco Bagnaia and beating Marc Márquez at the last corner. Also Bezzecchi has a top 3 finish in 2024 – third in the Jerez GP on Sunday. But he is very much expected to stay with VR46 and Ducati.

Pit Beirer, Motorsport director of KTM, does not want to announce the 2025 GASGAS Tech3 rider line up a long time before the Austrian GP (August 18th).
But it is understood that Jack Miller (now 16th in the standings with 27 points in his 10th season in MotoGP) and Augusto Fernández (17th on 13 points after 7 of 20 Grands Prix) definitely need to improve their performances if they want to continue in MotoGP.

KTM remains tight-lipped when asked about a possible top rider candidate for the second spot at GASGAS Tech3 in 2025. But in the meantime it became obvious that Maverick Viñales is a clear target for the Austrian company that owns brands like KTM, GASGAS and Husqvarna motorcycles plus 50.1 percent of MV Agusta Motor S.p.a. The famous Italian brand could return to MotoGP in 2027.

Some race fans may have forgotten that Maverick Viñales won the Moto3 world championship in 2013 for the private Spanish Calvo KTM team against the Spanish Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Luis Salom.

By that time real prototypes were still allowed in Moto3 before a rev limit of 14.000/min and later 13.500/min was invented plus a maximum of 5 or 6 engines per rider and season plus equal technical treatment for all teams.

Pit Beirer does not want to comment on the KTM interest in Viñales. But Augusto Fernández, Moto2 World Champion in 2022, would need to turn his results around completely if he wants to keep his spot at GASGAS for 2025.

And when Marc Márquez was still tipped as a possible candidate for the GASGAS team a few weeks ago, Pit Beirer told gpone.com: "We never negotiated with Marc. But a Spanish top rider on our Spanish brand would make a lot of sense."

Well, Viñales has won a total of ten MotoGP races since 2016 – on 3 different brands: Suzuki, Yamaha and Aprilia. But the likeable and friendly current Aprilia factory rider also has shown some weak points during his memorable career. He is known to be a top qualifier and a successful winter test rider  – but his race results cannot keep up with his practice performance in most cases. Bad starts, slow first laps and a certain weakness in passing riders and fighting in a group have ruined many Grands Prix performances for Top Gun.


Viñales is also known for making strange decisions every so often. At the Sepang GP 2012 he boycotted the first practice, left the paddock on Friday lunch time and flew from Malaysia back to Spain – because contrary to KTM the Japanese Honda engineers did not want to improve and develop their 250 ccm single cylinder fourstroke Moto3 bike during the season. Viñales had arrived at Sepang in second place in the standings – and missed the Sepang race because he was embarrassed by HRC and lost the title fight to Sandro Cortese and KTM who celebrated the first road racing riders’ title win in Sepang. Maverick returned to the Blusens Honda team a week later in Australia.

Viñales was suspended by Yamaha Factory for the GP of Styria in August 2020 after he had tried to destroy the M1 factory engine by overrevving it at few times at the Austrian GP the Sunday before. A few days later Yamaha and Viñales separated – and he returned for Aprilia in September 2022 replacing Savadori.

Maybe Maverick was obviously disappointed by Yamaha because newcomer Fabio Quartararo on the private Petronas Yamaha had won the first two races of the 2020 season at Jerez – and as a Yamaha factory team rider Viñales never managed to step out of the big shadow of Valentino Rossi and fight for a MotoGP title despite finishing third overall in 2017 and 2019 with Yamaha.

Pit Beirer and Maverick Viñales created a very respectful relationship in 2013 because the German, who was runner up in the 250 cc Motocross World Championship in 1999, personally brought a brand new upgrade 250 cc KTM factory engine to the Calvo KTM garage for Maverick at the final race in Valencia in 2013 on thursday. This came as a surprise for Viñales because he was sponsored by Red Bull’s rival energy drink company Wild Wolf.

For that reason Viñales was quite worried during the whole season that KTM would support Red Bull factory rider Salom with special parts and stronger engines during the final part of the season. But KTM and Beirer treated all top riders equally. So Viñales won the last race of the year – and the title ahead of Alex Rins (KTM) and Luis Salom (KTM).

At the FIM prize giving ceremony in Monte Carlo he gave his Moto3 gold medal to Pit Beirer – who had trouble holding back his tears.

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