After taking on the premier class for the first time last season with impressive results – including seven top ten finishes – KTM will now have even more representation on the MotoGP grid next season, announcing a new partnership to supply Tech 3 with machinery from 2019 and bring the number of RC16s on the grid up to four.

Tech 3 is running new rider Hafizh Syahrin and Johann Zarco in its final year partnership with Yamaha

That comes soon after it was announced that the partnership between Tech 3 and Yamaha would be coming to an end at the close of 2018, with the two having raced together for two decades.

Tech 3 is expecting to use an KTM RC16 adorned in Red Bull colour, same as the factory KTM squad

Below is the press release from KTM on the partnership

“We are very happy to join forces with Tech 3 in MotoGP from 2019,” says Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director. “The team has many years of experience and achieved a lot of great results in this championship. Their professional structure will make us even stronger. Having four KTM RC16 on the grid is also another big step for us, both for the development of our MotoGP bike and expanding KTM’s structure in the paddock. From the Red Bull Rookies Cup up to MotoGP there is a clear path to the top. We are looking forward to start a great cooperation and I’m thankful towards Hervé Poncharal for the future trust in KTM.”

Posted by Philip Chong

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