After dissolving a 20-year partnership with Yamaha, French motorcycle racing outfit Tech 3 will join forces with KTM Motorsports for the MotoGP World Championship in 2019. Since rejoining MotoGP in 2012, competing in the Moto3, then moving up to Moto2, 2017 saw KTM Racing field the RC16 MotoGP race bike for a full season.

Currently fielding riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espagaro, KTM Motorsports will have a full roster of four RC16s on the grid, with the addition of Tech 3, with two-time Moto2 champion Johann Zarco, and Malaysian MotoGP rookie Hafizh Syahrin. With seven top 10 finishes MotoGP, KTM now has teams in all three MotoGP categories, along with the Red Bull Rookies Cup, which gives riders a clear career development path in the Motorcycle World Championships.

“We are very happy to join forces with Tech3 in MotoGP from 2019. 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,” said KTM Motorsport director Pit Bierer.