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.
But its decision to partner Pol Espargaro with Ajo KTM Moto2 ace Brad Binder - who had already been signed to Tech3 for next year - came as a surprise. And even more so was the announcement that Binder's fellow Moto2 runner, unknown quantity Iker Lecuona, would take his place at Tech3.