Espargaro signed to return to KTM and Tech3 for the 2023 season following two tough years at Honda, following his first stint with the Austrian marque from 2017 to 2020.
The eight-time podium finisher’s season was instantly halted by a critical incident within the second follow session for the Portuguese Grand Prix in March, wherein he suffered a number of fractures.
Espargaro was out of motion till the British Grand Prix in August, along with his greatest end up to now a sixth within the Austria dash as he continues to get again to full health on the bike.
He had signed a two-year contract with Tech3, however KTM quickly discovered itself with 5 riders contracted for 4 seats for subsequent season after it activated Moto2 championship chief Acosta’s choice to return to MotoGP in 2024.
On Friday, Tech3 confirmed that Acosta will take Espargaro’s place whereas Fernandez will proceed for a second season in MotoGP.
Tech3’s press launch states that Espargaro “will fill a vital and really valued place” for KTM, however doesn’t say what. This can seemingly contain testing duties and wildcard outings.
Espargaro is claimed to have been a part of this “joint resolution” to step apart to make room for Acosta. Espargaro is but to touch upon the matter.
Pol Espargaro, Tech3 GASGAS Manufacturing unit Racing
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“We had an necessary and tough resolution to make for our GasGas workforce for 2024,” KTM motorsport boss Pit Bierer stated.
“Augusto has made spectacular first steps in MotoGP and we’re completely satisfied he has the velocity and the intelligence to maintain on progressing.
“Pedro is a really particular expertise who has already received a lot, so shortly and 2024 will probably be about him studying to take the following step with the large boys in MotoGP.
“I need to thank Pol for every thing he has finished and all he continues to do for us.
“This man is super-tough and super-determined and that’s why we need to depend on him as an necessary a part of our construction.
“Pol’s openness and proactiveness deserves my deepest respect. It underlines his greatness as an individual that he gave us a serving to hand on this state of affairs.
“It additionally exhibits his ardour for the game and his ideas for the long run. With these items in place and with Herve [Poncharal], Nicolas [Goyon], and all of the workforce and their expertise we now have an thrilling 12 months forward for the GasGas model.”
KTM had explored a number of choices to resolve its rider logjam for 2024, which included partnering with both LCR or Gresini, and increasing into the grid slots vacated by Suzuki.
Each LCR and Gresini have contracts in place with Honda and Ducati for 2024, whereas Dorna Sports activities put a high to KTM increasing into vacant grid slots because it retains these free for a potential producer entrant.