Which we already know
Let’s start with the teams that have already confirmed their lineup (full or partial) for the 2023 season:
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP (Yamaha) : Fabio Quarterro – Franco Morbidelli
Ducati Lenovo Team (Ducati) : Francesco Bagnia
Repsol Honda Team (Honda) : Mark Marquez
Aprilia Racing (Aprilia) : Alex Espargaro – Maverick Vinales
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (KTM) : Brad Binder – Jack Miller
Gracini Racing (Ducati) : Fabio Di Gianantonio – Alex Marquez
All signatures that are missing
In the Pramac (Ducati) team, Johan Zarco’s expansion is an open secret. Even if nothing is officially done yet, the Frenchman, third in the World Championships with the status of the best Ducati rider, is not worried: “We have a good relationship,” he said during a press conference. Before the Dutch GP. I talk to them alone, without a manager. I have stories and I am old enough to talk to them directly. They know what I think about it: it’s best for me to stay at Ducati to continue to improve and win. Having a factory bike on the Pramac team is already very good for me. Continuing with Ducati is not signed, but it is almost 100% sure. Not making a deal would be a bad surprise (…) “
Other Ducati representatives include Luka Marini and Marco Bezechi from the Mooney VR47 racing team. Valentino Rossi’s first, step-brother, boss of the named team, is playing his second season at MotoGP and it would be hard to believe he could leave the ship. Note that since making his debut in the Premier Class, Marini has finished all his races in Austria last year (in the rain) and in fifth place this year as the best result in Germany. Bezzecchi took his first steps at MotoGP this year and took the place of the best rookie in the classification. He has just won his first podium at MotoGP; A performance that will ensure its handlebars for next year.
In the official Honda team, Joan Mirk has been asked to ride a bike with Mark Marquez. Discussions are raging and performances from the start of the season aren’t there to help him; His best results came in fourth place in Argentina, Austin and Barcelona. But, for Honda, Mir is one of three MotoGP world champions in the grid (including Fabio Quarterro and Mark Marquez) and although his Premier Class Win counter shows only one unit, he is one of the most regular pilots. The Japanese factory really has no alternative … unless it decides to gamble and risk gambling Pedro Acosta, who broke his femur while training in front of a Dutch GP. However, Aki Ajo, the boss of the Azo team where Spanish officials are in charge, recently confirmed that his contract was for two years. Mir, on the other hand, was hoping for Yamaha, but will not leave Yawata Farm’s bosom despite his runner-up Morbidelly disappointing results in 2020 (19)e With 25 points overall).
Ducati takes time
We’ll have to wait until the end of August to find out who next year will be Francisco Bagnia’s teammate Enya Bastianini or George Martin, probably after the Austrian GP. Even though Bastianini has three MotoGP wins against one for Martin, it’s not as easy as the Borgo Panigel farm. The most logical thing would be to take the Spaniards and Italians into a notch: Martin will move to the factory team when Bastianini will inherit an official machine in the Pramak structure alongside Zarco. So everyone will be happy.
Following Jack Miller’s announcement at KTM, Miguel Olivera has found himself without a handlebar for next season. He was spotted at Gracini, but eventually Alex Marquez will compete at Desmocedi for 2023. The Portuguese should therefore take the direction of Rajlan Rajali’s RNF team at the Aprilia RS-GP, in the long run, to advance to the factory team.
The future of Pol Espargaro is no longer certain, but the Catalans should find the KTM group in the Tech 3 team for which he rode Yamaha from 2014 to 2016. Even if there are some rumors that the structure of Harvey Poncharal has gone into gas, it will always be two KTM RC16. It remains to be seen who will be the second representative of the French team …
After joining MotoGP behind KTM, Raul Fernandez could join the RNF team with Oliveira. Remy Gardner, his current teammate and current Moto2 World Champion, should continue his adventures in the Tech3 group.
The LCR, in a Honda satellite structure, should recover the handlebars of Alex Rinse’s Alex Marquez, who had sailed for Gracini. The Spaniard, who co-led the championship with Quarterro after the Portuguese GP, has yet to formalize his arrival at Lucio Chechinello’s team, but recently posted a picture of him on Instagram showing two Hondas in the LCR team … something that could not escape Mark Marquez’s sharp glance. Seems annoyed since his operation … Eight-time world champion Rinse commented on the post: “I don’t know why, but the last photo you posted always has an LCR team motorcycle.” That’s all …
The second RC213V for the LCR team is packaged by Idemitsu, the title sponsor of the team, and will be preferred by Takaaki Nakagami and his compatriot Ai Ogura, third in Moto2, one point behind the two leaders. The latter doesn’t say he’s ready to go to the premiere… but if he comes to crown the Moto2, he can go back on his word …
The announcement of Suzuki’s withdrawal has disrupted negotiations for the 2023 season With two less places, there are bound to be two drivers who have to look elsewhere We first think of Darren Binder, who can finally land in Moto2 after a big jump from Moto3, but also think of Andrea Dovigioso who can retire for the better this time. However, rumors circulating in Essen include the arrival of BMW in MotoGP from 2023. The idea is that until the ci develops its own MotoGP for 2024, it will be a question of running Suzuki in the colors of the German manufacturer. Apparently negotiations are going on, but what will happen …? If this happens, there will be two more handlebars… and the transfer window should be reversed.