Moto2 sensation Raul Fernandez will step into MotoGP next year with Tech3 KTM, after just one season in the intermediate class.
The confirmation of the Spaniard’s move to the French team next year completes Herve Poncharal’s 2022 squad after Remy Gardner signed a contract in June.
This will mean the current pairing at Tech3, Iker Lecuona and Danilo Petrucci, will most likely miss out on a seat in the premier-class for next season.
Speaking on the announcement, Fernandez said the move was a “dream”, but his full focus is still on this year’s championship battle.
“Honestly, I’m really pleased with this opportunity from KTM, as much for this year as for the next,” he said in a press release.
“I’ve been learning a lot and enjoying Moto2 and was able to get into a position where I have this chance to enter MotoGP and for which I’m very grateful: it’s the dream of any rider to arrive to this class.
“Right now, the most important thing is to keep focusing on this season and giving all I have up until the last race to try and fight for the championship.
“If it doesn’t work out then fine, everything happens for a reason, and you have to look towards the positives.”
So far this year, the 20-year-old has scored three victories and six podiums in total from nine races, and he currently sits second in the championship just 31-points shy of leader Gardner.
Although being in his rookie season in Moto2, Fernandez’s form has been a clear standout to the Tech3 team, with Poncharal, the squad’s Team Principal, saying he believes the youngster can show his potential in MotoGP.
“Finally the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Team is ready to announce its line-up for the 2022 MotoGP season and we are delighted, proud and excited to welcome Raul Fernandez next to Remy Gardner,” he said.
“I think it’s going to be a very exciting 2022 season with the two of the brightest talents of the Moto2 category moving to the premier class.
“Even though it will be their rookie season, I’m quite sure they will quickly learn and after a few races show their potential in the MotoGP as well.
“Raul has definitely done an unbelievable first part of his rookie Moto2 season, something that has not been achieved in a long time.”