Tech3 KTM have today announced Philipp Oettl and Marco Bezzecchi will team up in their all-new Moto2 squad for the 2019 season.
Italian Bezzecchi is currently leading the Moto3 Championship after the 10th of 19 rounds in 2018, German rider Öettl celebrated his first win in this class at the Spanish Grand Prix earlier this season.
Both are promising young talents and will make the step up from Moto3 to the intermediate class, remaining loyal to the Austrian manufacturer.
“I’m extremely happy to announce the Red Bull KTM Tech3 Moto2 team. It’s been a while since we’ve been working on the line up and today it’s a great pleasure for me to announce that Marco Bezzecchi, currently leading the Moto3 championship, together with Philipp Öettl, Spanish GP winner in Jerez, will join our team,” said team boss Herve Poncharal.
“I have always been trying to find young talents and help them to grow and clearly both, Marco and Philipp have everything it takes to become top riders in the Moto2 class - of course, with a bit understanding of this new category.
“For me this is the perfect moment to do it because as everybody knows the Moto2 is going to have a drastic change; we will have a new engine from Triumph and a new ECU from Magneti Marelli, therefore it’s an ideal time for Marco and Philipp to join the championship.
“I would like to tell them: Thanks for your trust and be sure that the whole Moto2 Tech3 Racing team will be 100 percent behind you, doing everything we can to give you what you expect and what you deserve.”