Factory KTM test rider Mika Kallio will replace the departing Johann Zarco for the rest of the 2019 MotoGP season.
Zarco and KTM decided to mutually end their association at the end of 2019 but developments and on-going work mean that priorities have been realigned.
The Frenchman will be exempt from his MotoGP duties but stays contracted to KTM until the end of the season.
“We have to make decisions to ensure that we use our resources in the best possible way and we are currently in a positive direction with our MotoGP structure,” said KTM’s Pit Beirer.
We firmly believe that Mika can help us in this stage thanks to his knowledge and background. It is paramount that we verify our testing results in real race conditions to start our 2020 season in the best position. Mika has proved his ability on the RC16 and we are happy that he joins the line-up as a racer again.
“There is no doubt that we will focus on a new configuration with the #82 bike while fighting for points in the last races of the championship. At the same time we want to express gratitude to Johann for his effort since he joined our ambitious project in November last year.
“We now have to think of the future and are making this step accordingly. KTM will continue supporting him until the expiry of our contract at the end of the 2019 and we truly wish him all the best for his future