Pol Espargaro has renewed his deal with the KTM MotoGP outfit until the end of 2020, the Austrian manufacturer has announced.
Former Moto2 champion Espargaro joined KTM's nascent premier-class programme on an initial two-year deal back in 2017, after having spent three years with the Tech 3 Yamaha squad.
He led the marque's efforts in 2017, twice posting the best finish of its debut season with ninth place and ending the campaign 17th overall.
"It has been really easy for me to make this decision; I did not think of another possibility for even a minute," Espargaro said of his new two-year deal with KTM.
"I cannot hide how happy I am being involved in this amazing project, despite the challenges and the work we still have to go through.
"I love the KTM philosophy and I want to continue trying to reach our goals. I don’t know when we will be able to do it, but I’m sure that we will arrive."
The Spaniard's preparations for 2018 had been hobbled by a pre-season injury, but he has now scored all eight of the marque's points from the first three races of the year.
The news of Espargaro's contract extension will almost certainly spell the end of his current teammate Bradley Smith's works KTM stint, as the Austrian manufacturer is set to sign Tech 3 Yamaha ace Johann Zarco for the other factory ride.
"Pol has been such a strong part of our project and gave us a lot of trust and belief as well as the highlights so far with two ninth positions," KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer said.
"I’m really happy we can continue together for another two years because we can build on the work we have already done and keep progressing with the bike; he should definitely be one of the people that should benefit from everything we have achieve and learned and how we will push on in the future."
2019 MotoGP grid so far:
|Repsol Honda|| |
|Movistar Yamaha|| |
|LCR Honda|| |
|Marc VDS|| |
|Pramac Ducati|| |
|Tech 3 KTM|| |
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|Drivers||Bradley Smith , Pol Espargaro , Johann Zarco|
|Teams||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing|