KTM retains Oliveira, Binder for 2018 Moto2 season

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KTM retains Oliveira, Binder for 2018 Moto2 season
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Aug 5, 2017, 9:38 AM

Moto2 frontrunner Miguel Oliveira and reigning Moto3 champion Brad Binder will stay with the Ajo KTM team for 2018.

Ajo Motorsport, winner of the past two Moto2 seasons with Johann Zarco, teamed up with class newcomer KTM for the 2017 season, having previously used Kalex machinery.

While rookie Binder has had a quiet and injury-ridden season so far, sophomore rider Oliveira has been a regular contender at the front of the field.

The Portuguese rider has scored four podiums and is third in the standings, the only non-Kalex rider in the top seven.

KTM gave Oliveira his first MotoGP test at Aragon in July, and the 22-year-old has now been confirmed within the Austrian manufacturer's ranks for next season.

Oliveira will team up again with Binder, the 2016 Moto3 champion set for his fourth year on a KTM bike.

Vierge switches teams

In addition to KTM's announcement, Xavi Vierge has also been confirmed to leave Tech 3 for the Intact GP squad for the 2018 campaign.

Ajo KTM and Intact GP are the fourth and fifth teams to announce riders for the 2018 Moto2 season, with Marc VDS retaining Alex Marquez and signing Moto3 star Joan Mir to replace MotoGP-bound points leader Franco Morbidelli.

Meanwhile, Francesco Bagnaia will stay with Sky VR46 and Romano Fenati is joining the series with his current team in Moto3, Marinelli Rivacold Snipers.

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Series Moto2
Drivers Brad Binder , Miguel Oliveira
Teams Ajo Motorsport
Author David Gruz