MotoGP Assen: KTM: Pol Espargaro ‘could be a big asset for us, is in a good position’ for Tech 3 race | MotoGP

With Alex Marquez already out at Honda, it looks like Espargaro could be the next MotoGP rider on the move with a return to KTM.

Prior to joining Honda, Espargaro was evolving into a rider capable of fighting for race wins and looking like a championship contender at times during the 2020 season.

Yes, Espargaro was also in contention to win this year’s season opener in Qatar, as he also took a brilliant pole at Silverstone last season, but moments like this have been rare ever since. he joined Repsol Honda.

After spending four seasons with KTM (2017-20) – winning six podiums at the time, including five in 2020 – Espargaro’s move to Honda is one that, in hindsight, appears to have been a mistake.

Although the last two seasons have also been difficult for KTM, a return to the Austrian manufacturer could be just what Espargaro needs to regain his form.

Espargaro in the running to replace MotoGP rookie Raul Fernandez

As it looks increasingly likely that Fernandez will leave the team, Espargaro seems to be the favorite to replace the Spaniard.

With the factory team already set for 2023, KTM is now focusing on its Tech 3 rides, as Remy Gardner is also in the running to stay with the team.

When asked if he was trying to sign Espargaro, Tech 3 team manager Poncharal told BT Sport: “Maybe. But I’ve heard a few names. Every manufacturer is potentially a winner. They are all competitive.

“The KTM organization is preparing for the next two years and wants to take the next step. It takes youth and experience, and people who believe in the project.

“Clearly, Pol is someone who left an incredible memory because, from day one, he was in this project. He is someone who, at every turn, pushes.

“The championship leader is Fabio Quartararo but, if you look at what Pol is doing, there is not a single lap where he is two or three seconds off the pace.

“It’s something that helps the whole project. Clearly Pol is someone who could be a big asset to us. He’s gone. He’s a bit nostalgic for what he left behind. So everything is possible.”

When asked about Espargaro being the first choice, Poncharal said: “He is in a good position in the list.”

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