Pit Beirer Talks KTM Rookies - 'We Need Riders That Believe In The Project'
For 2023, apart from Brad Binder, KTM will switch their whole rider line-up. Tech3 KTM rookies Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner also fell victim to this change.
For KTM it hasn’t been the best season in MotoGP so far. Technical complications and problems with tire degredation in high temperature races seem to slow down the evolution of the bike.
For 2023 the Austrian manufacturer will rejuvenate its premier class project signing new riders and Red Bull Racing engineers from F1.
KTM will only keep Brad Binder – Image provided by Motorsport Images
In an interview at Misano, Pit Beirer, Head of Motorsports at KTM, explained the tricky situation the manufacturer is facing:
“At the moment, I feel we have to improve the bike and not blame the riders for underperforming. We are not where we want to be in MotoGP. It is a huge effort between the factory t home and the team at and on the track.”
However, although supporting his riders in thei misery, there have been huge controversy surrounding the 2020 Moto2 World Champion Remy Gardner.
In a media briefing on Firday, the Australian stated, KTM wasn’t gonna sign him for next season as he was “not professional enough.
Remy Gardner has confirmed that KTM has told him there’s no place for him next year. Not because of his results, because he ‘isn’t professional enough.’— Simon Patterson (@denkmit) September 1, 2022
Says that they’ve ‘broken his heart’ pic.twitter.com/P4jJ7p8y68
Being asked about Gardner’s situation, Beirer states: “We need riders that believe in the project. We had information that people did not support that commitment and believe in the project was missing.”
Saying that the German underlines, he does not know who told Gardner he was unprofessional. “I don’t want to talk that because I know, I and the two people that should handle his contract did not state such things.”
“We need to go home after the season and come back with a better bike, that’s it. But for that we need people that commit to our project and believe in our improvements.”