It is no more only a MotoGP market rumor: Pol Espargaro received an offer from Honda HRC to partner Marc Marquez for 2021 and 2022. Mike Leitner, KTM Team Manager, admitted it with speedweek.com, saying that there is the chance that Pol could leave KTM at the end of the season.
The Austrian manufacturer had their plans upset as also Jorge Martin is about to sign with Pramac Ducati, forcing KTM to look for other riders on the circus: the main candidate is Danilo Petrucci, who is out of Ducati MotoGP project.
“We know that Pol Espargaro could leave us at the end of the season, this is why we are looking to all the riders for a replacement”, said Leitner. “I strongly hope that this will not happen, but we are talking with some riders to understand who could replace him if Pol will leave”
A lot of fans are calling Daniel Pedrosa’s comeback, but it seems far from reality: “I am not in Dani’s head, you should ask to him what he thinks about it”.
That is why Danilo Petrucci is a more realistic option: “To be honest, I admire every MotoGP rider. We hope to continue with Pol, he has a lot of potential, otherwise he would have not received an offer from Honda. Our bike developed a lot, but at the same time we believe that our project made Pol a better rider. Sincerely I would prefer that the situation would be different… but unfortunately it is not”