Aki Ajo’s Red Bull KTM operation will continue its association with the Austrian brand even though it is pulling out of the Moto2 class.
Ajo has been responsible for looking after the up-and-coming KTM talent and that will continue in 2020 albeit with a different chassis manufacturer in the middleweight class.
“I am very happy to have such a strong project in place for next year in the intermediate class. Jorge Martin and Iker Lecuona are, without a doubt, two great young talents,” sad Ajo.
“We have spent three years working together with KTM and Red Bull in the Moto2 class, achieving success together, and that is why it is important to continue to cooperate closely. We are also really enthusiastic to say that we have a strong package for the 2020 season to work with our young talents and develop them towards stepping up to the MotoGP class.
Same with the Moto3, where we continue our co-operation with KTM and Red Bull, and the work of building up young talents towards MotoGP, specially now that KTM will put even more focus on the technical development for MotoGP and Moto3 classes.
“With the new focal points and strategy we aim to the very top positions in both classes, including with the Moto3 project, where we’ve developed future talents in the past years. We will now take the next step and come back into the World Championship title fight.”
Although Tech3 will also run a Red Bull-backed KTM team, Ajo’s opertion will remain as the main launchpad for riders in the factory setup.
We are counting heavily on our long term partner Aki Ajo and his team. KTM will continue supporting him on this path with the difference that we are stepping out of Moto2 as a chassis manufacturer,” said KTM boss Pit Beirer.
“With this step, we underline an even stronger commitment to Moto3, in which we rely on our own complete motorcycle, and pushing with a lot of effort towards making up the missing gap that brings our MotoGP project to an absolute success.
“With this realignment we have to express gratitude to Aki Ajo and his entire team for the great partnership. We are looking forward to continuing a successful long term cooperation.”