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KTM: Maverick Vinales Has Exceptional Talent, Could Be Nearly Invincible

Pit Beirer: "It's clear to everyone that Maverick is capable of extraordinary things… Our task is to enable him to tap into that potential repeatedly."

KTM delivered a major shock in the MotoGP world by securing 10-time top-tier race champion Maverick Vinales away from the official Aprilia squad, setting up a completely new Tech3 team composition with Enea Bastianini for the 2025 season.

In this piece, Pit Beirer, the head of motorsports for KTM, sheds light on the swift agreement made, asserts the goal to frequently tap into the exceptional and unparalleled talent of Vinales, mentions that KTM was 'not actively engaged in contract discussions with Marc Marquez or Jorge Martin,' among other insights.

Context of the Agreement

"Initially, we've maintained constant communication with Maverick ever since he clinched the Moto3 championship on a KTM several years ago [in 2013]. The bond and connection have persisted. Hence, there was ongoing dialogue, and at a certain point, when we had a discussion [regarding 2025], he conveyed to us his desire to join our team.

"Furthermore, the situation wasn't akin to conversing with any given rider, who might have been holding out hope for a chance with Ducati. His dedication towards joining KTM was quite pronounced right from the start."

"I believe he's surrounded by an excellent team and has access to a top-notch motorcycle currently, and it pleasantly surprised us how genuinely open and serious he was about this. He wasn't merely attempting to secure an offer from us to use as leverage in negotiations with another party."

Consensus achieved swiftly

The process was swift! We got together, discussed the conditions, and reached an agreement. There was no prolonged negotiation or any sort of hassle. Overall, it was a wonderful experience that left me with a truly positive impression.

"We were considering [Maverick] as an option, though I can't confidently say if it was a viable opportunity. However, it was evident that when situations unfold as they did in Mugello [Marquez/Martin deals], you must act swiftly to secure your [rider] lineup."

"After the conversation about Ducati, it was evident that events would proceed rapidly. I believe we prepared thoroughly and were poised to act at the right time."

The announcement regarding Vinales' switch to KTM was made public through a press statement on Thursday morning at 9am… The agreement was finalized the previous night at 8pm.

No discussions about contracts with Marc Marquez or Jorge Martin…

"I'm acquainted with Marc and Jorge; we occasionally have conversations, but we never truly engaged in discussions about forming a contract since they were fully dedicated to their own plans and initiatives."

Hence, we opted for a different route early on, aiming to significantly enhance the capabilities of our [rider] package.

"When you consider the caliber of racers like Maverick, who triumphed in the United States, alongside Enea's performance in Mugello, it's clear you're looking at some top-notch talent."

"On an exceptional day, we [KTM] have the potential to secure a victory, something that has eluded us for some time. When conditions are in our favor, we position ourselves as the second most dominant team after Ducati. However, this is only on our best days; there are times when Aprilia outperforms us, as they too are doing a remarkable job."

"We haven't reached our goal yet. Another advancement is necessary, both with the motorcycle and within our team, to truly challenge the front-runners. That's the reason I believe Enea and Maverick can contribute positively to the project."

"Brad [Binder], for instance, has been with us for so long that it becomes challenging for both him and us to shift away from our long-established path of collaboration."

Additionally, there's Pedro, a newcomer, who seems to appreciate our setup. He's able to pick up speed right away…

"If Enea keeps up his performance from Mugello while with us, we're more than pleased! My goal is to provide him with a team and bike that meets his satisfaction. When he's content and confident, he's bound to deliver results."

"When Maverick is confident about winning from the moment he wakes up, he's nearly invincible."

"I have a profound bond with Maverick myself. His need for a nurturing environment and the comfort of feeling at home are incredibly significant to him. Plus, it's widely recognized that he's capable of achieving extraordinary things."

"However, it's clear that if he's not at ease, he won't merely drop a spot or two. Instead, things could seriously deteriorate."

"I believe our team possesses great concepts and individuals who understand how to collaborate with him effectively. The sense of warmth he provided during our conversation is something we aim to reciprocate. I am confident we can achieve this."

"Maverick has reached a stage in his career where his talent is undeniable. On any given day, if he wakes up feeling confident that he's going to clinch the Grand Prix, it's almost a given that he's invincible."

"It's crucial that we manage to evoke this sensation from him repeatedly…"

"I've noticed a few areas where I believe we can offer him support. However, he's already a Grand Prix champion. My main wish is for him to join our team and to repeatedly bring out this unique Maverick."

"He was among us, genuinely possessing a strategy and a purpose, which we are truly eager to back."

"We are under significant pressure to perform."

"I believe [KTM] could benefit from insights from victorious racers to add a different dimension. It seems all the elements are in place."

"It's imperative that we utilize the period leading up to the arrival of the new team members to prepare the package to the best of our ability. I sense that the responsibility falls on us to ensure the package is perfect, enabling them to succeed."

"They have a track record of success and victories in Grand Prix, therefore it's essential that we provide the optimal support to maintain their winning streak."

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