Marchetti KTM confirm Benoit Paturel signing!
Just as we reported was a possibility just yesterday which you can read here. The Italian MXGP team, Marchetti KTM have confirmed the signing of top French rider, Benoit Paturel. The move means Paturel will join Jose Butron (MXGP) and Morgan Lesiardo (MX2) underneath the awning.
Marchetti KTM posted the following message on social media to confirm the deal:
KTM Marchetti racing team is pleased to announce the agreement with Benoit Paturel, to ride the remaining of the 2018 FIM MXGP World Championship. The French rider will make his debut on the KTM 450 SX-F for the Italian based team on Easter Monday, during an International race in France at Thomer la Sogne.
The twenty-three year old (born on 7.12.1994 in Lyon, France), made his debut in the FIM MX2 World Championship in 2012. In 2016 he finished third in the overall standings of the FIM MX2 World Championship and won the Motocross of Nations with the French team in Ernée. Last year Paturel won his first MX2 Grand Prix in Switzerland.