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Pedro Acosta Makes MotoGP Switch to KTM for 2025


Pedro Acosta will move to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for the 2025 MotoGP season.

The Spaniard has signed an undefined multi-year contract with the Austrian manufacturer, with whom his relationship began in 2020 when won the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

Marc Marquez, Pedro Acosta, 2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

The year after, Acosta won the Moto3 world title as a rookie with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, before moving up to Moto2 in 2022 and winning the intermediate class championship in 2023.


In his rookie year, Acosta has made an immediate impression, taking multiple podiums including in the Sprint at this weekend's MotoGP Italian Grand Prix. Arguably, Acosta's performances have made him the leading KTM rider in the championship, while there have been struggles for the likes of Brad Binder and Jack Miller. Miller hasn't been on the podium at all this year, and Binder's only top three came at the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix.

On his contract announcement with KTM, Acosta said: "It was important to me to keep pushing with KTM, and to see the whole project and the story until now and how we have grown in racing. So, it’s nice to carry on for the future: getting in orange is like coming back home. The way they are pushing and improving in the last couple of years is what is also pushing me to stay for the next couple of years."

While Acosta's move is certain to mean the absence of Miller from the Red Bull KTM garage in 2025, the future of Binder is uncertain.

Brad Binder, 2024 MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

The South African signed a contract through to the end of 2026 with KTM last year, but at the Italian GP this weekend rumours have begun about a potential move for Marc Marquez to partner Acosta.

Pramac Ducati appear set to continue their relationship with Ducati, and Jorge Martin seems set to take the second seat in the factory Ducati team alongisde Francesco Bagnaia last year. Marquez wants a factory bike, and this weekend ruled out Pramac as an option for him in 2025. At the same time, Ducati Corse Sporting Director Mauro Grassilli said that Ducati is not currently considering running a fifth factory-spec Desmosedici GP25 next year, which would allow Marquez to stay with Gresini.

A move for Marquez to Red Bull KTM would mean the Austrian brand would send Binder to Tech3 GasGas in effectively a swap move with Acosta.

Miller could also go to Tech3, but there is reportedly also interest from Honda in the Australian should Joan Mir decide to leave HRC.

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