Viñales and Bastianini to the KTM Tech3

Maverick Viñales and Enea Bastianini leave their Italian bikes to ride the Austrian bikes next season. In this way, the puzzle of the MotoGP 2025 grid continues to be assembled, which has little to do with the rumors that have been repeated ad nauseam and, as reality shows, without foundation.

It was assumed that Maverick would leave Aprilia in a move that, from the outside and without the details, is difficult to analyze and unfair to criticize, and that part has been fulfilled. But the one that has not been fulfilled is the one that put the Catalan pilot at the controls of a Honda. What's more, the rumor pack included Aleix Espargaró as Viñales' partner but as a tester. That is another topic, at least for the moment, but Aleix's future remains unrevealed.

But returning to the news of the signing, we must not lose sight of the asset that Ducati loses with the departure of Enea Bastianini. It is true that for one reason or another Enea has not performed as expected of him, but this season he is proving to be the fourth in contention and there is still a lot of season left.

With Viñales and Bastianini KTM changes its philosophy for the Tech3

In any case, a priori, the duo that prepares the Tech3 that will return to KTM is powerful. Perhaps, as a whole, the most powerful thing that the French team has had in recent years is that they have the perfect mix of experience and youth. Furthermore, together with Acosta and Binder in the official team, the Austrians' philosophy varies with respect to recent years, where Tech3 was the junior team and where riders came from Moto2 to train.

Having contracts with Aprilia and Ducati respectively, neither Viñales nor Bastianini have commented on the signing, but Nicolas Goyon, the Tech3 Team Manager and Pit Beirer, the Director of KTM Motorsports, have.

Nicolas Goyon: «We are delighted to announce that Enea and Maverick will be with us next year and we become KTM again. We cannot forget that our first victories in MotoGP™ were achieved in orange! We cannot hide our pride that these two talented riders have decided to ride our bikes. It shows that we have followed the right path and that our technology can fight in the lead for the championship. We would like to thank Pierer Mobility AG for the quality of their support. Our collaboration has reached the highest level this year and I am sure it will continue to grow in the future. We would also like to thank Red Bull for their dedication to us. “We have a clear commitment to victory and that is why Enea and Maverick have decided to join the program.”

Pit Beirer: «We are very happy to have been able to incorporate both Enea and Maverick into our MotoGP™ project and give them all the backing and support of the factory so that they continue pursuing their goals and achieve their maximum performance. It is clear that we are talking about two of the fastest riders in the world right now and it is a compliment that they trust us and the world-class operation we have created together with Red Bull KTM Tech3. The team's 2025 tag says it all: it's time to strengthen the KTM name again and we couldn't think of a better way to bring this kind of value to the company than Enea and Maverick donning Red Bull orange. “We will push now for the remainder of 2024 and then look forward to this new beginning for next year.”

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