According to [MotoGP](Yamaha and the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team will continue to put their full efforts into finishing the 2016 season with Espargaró and Smith in the best possible manner during the remaining 12 MotoGP rounds of the 2016 World Championship. The 2017 Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team replacements will be announced in due course.), KTM has been busy testing with a variety of former World Championship riders in order to prepare the KTM RC16 for its World Championship debut in 2017, but have also remained focus on signing an all-star lineup. At the start of the 2016 season, KTM announced Bradley Smith as their first rider and now Espargaro has announced that he too will be joining Smith for the 2017 season. The current Tech 3 teammates have proven to be competitive, Espargaro especially so in 2016. The pair are also known for their in-depth feedback, critical for assisting KTM in the development of their MotoGP machine.