KTM's 'Quartararo plan' comes at a cost

KTM's 'Quartararo plan' comes at a cost

OPINION: By picking Brad Binder over Miguel Oliveira to take the factory ride left by Johann Zarco for 2020, KTM has clearly moved to create its own Fabio Quartararo situation. But it has drawbacks

KTM's 2020 MotoGP rider predicament has finally been resolved. Johann Zarco's decision to cut short his two-year stay a season early followed a barren period for the rider market, but that development has allowed numerous names to crop up on the rumour radar.

Conventional wisdom dictated that Tech3 rookie Miguel Oliveira was the most logical option for KTM after such a strong campaign in 2019, with test rider Mika Kallio - racing in place of Zarco since September's Misano round - the sensible back-up option as the manufacturer looked certain to honour its agreement with Tech3.

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