Three KTM teams? - Pierer: "We Want To Compete With All Five Riders"
Promising Pedro Acosta to provide him a place in MotoGP in 2024, KTM is in a fix of having five fast riders for only four places.
To avoid the problem of denying a rider from the current MotoGP line-up a place in 2024, Pierer Group boss Stefan Pierer wants to compete with at least five riders next year. On top of that, he does not rule out taking over one of the current teams’ slots.
Stefan Pierer explained to SPEEDWEEK.com: “I assume that one or the other MotoGP slot will become free and that we will compete with all five riders.”
Thanks to the hype surrounding “generational talent” Acosta, Pierer hopes that Dorna will relent, however “the situation would also sort itself out”.
He is confident: “If I need an additional place, everything will be sorted by itself. The fact is that Pedro Acosta will be on a MotoGP KTM in 2024. Wherever that will be.”
More to come by KTM and the Pierer Group?
In recent weeks, rumors of a possible KTM commitment by one of the current satellite teams have become louder and louder, Gresini, as well as Lucio Cecchinello’s LCR team had been on the contact list.
Pierer is aware that many satellite teams are struggling and is enticing them with the support of a global corporation.
“The current economic situation will not make the situation any easier for the private MotoGP teams. I hear the second Aprilia team is already having financial difficulties; it has to be propped up by Aprilia.”
The Austrian is sure that by the start of the 2024 season, there will be a lot more happening in the MotoGP field and hopes to be one of the beneficiaries.
“I’m sure one or two places will become available. I’m betting on that,” Pierer is sure. “If something comes on the market, we will take it.”
“I expect one or two MotoGP spots to open up [for 2024] and we’ll be competing with all five of our riders.”