In a shock turn of events, Ivo Monticelli will fill the second seat underneath the Standing Construct KTM awning next season. The news was announced by the team just moments ago. Jeremy Van Horebeek, Valentin Guillod and more were all vying for a spot on the Belgian outfit.
"I am very happy to sign with Standing Construct KTM as I think that, with their professional way of working and the bikes they have, I can make the next step in my career, which I believe is consistently riding inside the top ten," Monticelli said in a team statement. "I think this year I showed a few times that I have the speed to do that and, with a team like Standing Construct KTM, I will have the full package to reach my goal."
"After signing Glenn Coldenhoff we had to decide who to take as a second rider for our 2019 team," Tim Mathys, the team manager, commented. "Looking at the bigger picture, we preferred to choose a young rider with potential like Ivo. We think that by giving him the pieces of the puzzle he was missing until now, he can show his real ability and can achieve some good results. I think that in the past, with riders like Glenn Coldenhoff, Valentin Guillod, Julien Lieber and more, we have proven that we can bring the best out of a rider and take him to a higher level. I am convinced we can do the same with Ivo."
This news confirms that both Kevin Strijbos and Valentin Guillod can be added to the list of free agents who have no choice but to find a new contract for the upcoming season.
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