Oliveira: 'A great opportunity', Binder: 'It's an honour'

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KTM has put faith in its own young riders for the future of its MotoGP project by picking Miguel Oliveira (25) to join Brad Binder (24) at the Official team in 2021.The pair currently have a combined total of just 16 races in the premier-class - all by Tech3's Oliveira, before he was injured during his rookie season - but have been chosen over experienced MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci.Petrucci was tipped as a direct replacement for Binder's present team-mate and KTM factory leader Pol Espargaro, set to join Repsol Honda next season.
KTM has put faith in its own young riders for the future of its MotoGP project by picking Miguel Oliveira (25) to join Brad Binder (24) at the Official team in 2021.

The pair currently have a combined total of just 16 races in the premier-class - all by Tech3's Oliveira, before he was injured during his rookie season - but have been chosen over experienced MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci.

Petrucci was tipped as a direct replacement for Binder's present team-mate and KTM factory leader Pol Espargaro, set to join Repsol Honda next season. Instead, Oliveira will move alongside the retained Binder, with Petrucci replacing the Portuguese at Tech3.

Oliveira had been left feeling 'not worthy' when overlooked in favour of Binder to replace Johann Zarco this season, but now has no doubts about being a trusted and valued part of the project.

"I'm really happy about this opportunity that KTM have given me for the next two years. I feel that they trust me to show my value as a rider in this project," Oliveira said.

"Since day one I have given my best to the bike and believed in its potential to achieve good results and…
Peter McLaren
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