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April 23rd, 2018, 08:04 AM   #91
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one thing that was hard to miss this past weekend was KTM's brand awareness at COTA, they want to be on the top step of that podium, and they know its going to require a premium rider to do that. KTM also has money and sponsorship partners, they can afford a big money contract, and it wouldn't surprise me if they have made offers to every quality rider on the grid. So it wouldn't surprise me if KTMs offers are not the issue hold up everyone else's 2019 deals on the grid. that means Zarco
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Here's a thought: Lorenzo to KTM?
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According to motorsport.com, Zarco has reached a verbal agreement with KTM to take Bradley Smith's seat in 2019.

https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/ne...-2019-1029476/
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it sounds like the Zaco/KTM deal is done, does that mean he stays at tech3? or does he move to the KTM factory team?
I was talking to someone yesterday that thought KTM might be interested in Dovi...
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I must assume that it will the number one or at least number two with any manufacturer. I mean when your boss, Hervé Poncharal, a highly respected guy in racing, says you are too good for his team and deserve a factory seat, I think people pay attention.
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it sounds like the Zaco/KTM deal is done, does that mean he stays at tech3? or does he move to the KTM factory team?
I was talking to someone yesterday that thought KTM might be interested in Dovi...

Zarco is going factory KTM.

Dovi, according to the rumors, is very pissed at the way Ducati is treating him as it seems they have not made an official offer to him yet. My 2 cents are that Ducati should have signed him as soon as possible, and I'm really not saying that cause I'm a fan, but because as we all know every other rider seems to be a dangerous bet for the Ducati team, Dovi almost won them a title last year...I mean WHAT are they waiting for??
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it sounds like the Zaco/KTM deal is done, does that mean he stays at tech3? or does he move to the KTM factory team?
I was talking to someone yesterday that thought KTM might be interested in Dovi...
Most definitely the factory team. If they get Dovi as well (unlikely), then pol will be sent to Tech 3 I suppose.
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Zarco is going factory KTM.

Dovi, according to the rumors, is very pissed at the way Ducati is treating him as it seems they have not made an official offer to him yet. My 2 cents are that Ducati should have signed him as soon as possible, and I'm really not saying that cause I'm a fan, but because as we all know every other rider seems to be a dangerous bet for the Ducati team, Dovi almost won them a title last year...I mean WHAT are they waiting for??
Isn’t Dovi talking to HRC as well?
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Most definitely the factory team. If they get Dovi as well (unlikely), then pol will be sent to Tech 3 I suppose.

If Dovi is going anywhere, it'd be either Honda or Suzuki IMHO.
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Isn’t Dovi talking to HRC as well?


rumored to be, so yes.

Point is he would have wanted to sign with Ducati, but obviously expected a raise...if Ducati would let him go it'd be the stupidest thing ever IMHO...
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