KTM Motorsport boss Pit Beirer has batted away rumours that Ducati pilot Andrea Dovizioso could switch to the Austrian manufacturer’s MotoGP outfit for next season.
Dovizioso has been increasingly linked to a future outside of Ducati, with rumours suggesting the Italian is frustrated with the continual lack of progress made with the Desmosedici by the marque.
This has reportedly caused problems with Ducati chief
designer Gigi D’alligna, with Dovizioso recently having been linked to the
likes of KTM as well as Honda.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, Beirer confirmed though that KTM
were looking to continue with its current rider pairing of Pol Espargaro-who
scored the team’s maiden podium finish at the Valencian finale in 2018-and ’20 rookie
“This is a difficult time to change riders, because no races
have been run, no one can assess the evolution of both [rider and bike],” he
said. “At the same time, we can’t wait too long either.
“We are currently negotiating and the objective is to extend
the current contracts [we have].”
Beirer also declared his intention to keep both Miguel
Oliveira and new recruit Iker Lecuona at KTM’s satellite Tech 3 squad for at
least ’21, adding he was looking at drawing up contracts for factory team’s
aces before MotoGP competition gets underway at Jerez in July.
“I only focus on continuing with the four riders (Espargaro
and Binder, and Oliveira and Lecuona at Tech 3) that we have.
“In these times, the family must stay together. I hope
to renew Pol and Brad before the first race.”