KTM breaks silence on the paddock buzz surrounding Pedro Acosta and Jack Miller’s possible swap.

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KTM provides a statement regarding the suggestions of potentially moving Pedro Acosta into the factory team mid-season.

KTM is currently under contractual liberty to interchange their riders between teams during the ongoing season. Nevertheless, despite the remarkable performance of Pedro Acosta in his MotoGP debut for their Tech3 GASGAS project, the notion of transferring him to a factory bike remains speculative. Conversely, Jack Miller, who trailed behind his teammate Brad Binder last season and has yet to hit significant form in 2024, has been granted another opportunity to prove himself.

Pit Beirer, the motorsport director at KTM, addressed inquiries about the likelihood of an in-season rider swap in an interview with Motorsport-Magazin. He acknowledged Acosta’s exceptional accomplishments but categorically stated that such a move is not on the agenda for KTM.

“While Pedro’s achievements are undeniably remarkable, that prospect is not under consideration for us,” Beirer affirmed.

However, he clarified that KTM maintains the contractual flexibility to exchange their riders should they opt to do so.

“All four of our riders in MotoGP hold factory contracts,” he emphasized. “Consequently, they are not bound to any particular team. We always strategize and conceptualize with these four slots in MotoGP.”

Beirer’s remarks shed light on KTM’s stance, illustrating their commitment to their current lineup while retaining the option to make changes if deemed necessary.

“From a contractual standpoint, there are no obstacles to making any changes. However, considering such alterations during the season remains entirely implausible.”



Teenager Pedro Acosta, aged 19, made history as the third-youngest podium finisher in MotoGP at Portimao, followed by leading his first premier class race at the Circuit of the Americas.

His impressive third-place finish in Portimao and second-place podium at COTA have firmly established Acosta as KTM’s most dynamic rider, with his fearless and stylish riding captivating spectators.

Acosta’s stellar performances have brought KTM’s factory duo into focus. Pit Beirer expressed dissatisfaction with Brad Binder, currently sixth in the standings, and Jack Miller, positioned 10th.

However, Beirer noted Miller’s diligent off-season training, resulting in him being in his best physical shape yet, while Binder faced challenges at COTA due to a broken toe.

Despite this, Beirer remains optimistic, emphasizing the importance of every point in the championship and the need to swiftly restore Binder to peak form.

Beirer believes Acosta’s emergence can greatly benefit Binder, providing a second high-performing rider to help identify areas for improvement and strengthen the team.

He expressed confidence that this momentum will continue to build, with the next MotoGP round at Jerez, where Jorge Lorenzo predicts Acosta will triumph.

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