How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda
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How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

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There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

Freddie Spencer, Wayne Gardner, Eddie Lawson, Mick Doohan, Alex Criville, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner and Marc Marquez. These names belong to some of the best riders of the last 40 years in the history of motorcycling, and all of them have at least two things in common: they have been world champions and they did it on a Honda.

For more than three decades, the best riders on the planet raced at some point in their lives for Honda, and they did so basically for three reasons.

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