The Austrian brand will participate in MotoGP well into 2026, yet will end partnership with Johann Zarco at the end of 2019.
KTM and Dorna announced that an extension of the current contract had been accepted, seeing that the Austrian manufacturer will compete in Grand Prix motorcycle racing for at least the next seven years. Beginning in 2020 KTM will focus their efforts in Moto3 and the premier class, and not Moto2.
In related news, KTM and Johann Zarco will end their partnership at the end of the 2019 season. Zarco joined the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team at the end of the 2018 season. The two time Moto2 Champion made the following statement via his Instagram account, “It was a hard decision to take, I have the chance to do the best work in the world, and I want to do it with the smile racing for podiums! As a professional, I keep focused for the rest of the 2019 season, giving my best and trying to improve my skills.”