The first MotoGP riders market hits will be announced between Mugello and Catalunya. Fabio Quartararo seemed the great protagonist until a few weeks ago: all waiting for the first move of the champion that would have unleashed a domino effect on contracts. On the other hand, the Frenchman does not seem to have any alternatives to Yamaha, despite his manager Eric Mahè continuing to complain about the rider’s disappointment even after the Le Mans GP, asking for guarantees on the future plans of the Iwata manufacturer. Quartararo will not get off the seat of the M1, after the Suzuki “bomb” the market priorities are other.
Honda and Joan Mir looking for an understanding
Honda is close to the signing of Joan Mir, even if the operation is not as obvious as it initially seemed. Alberto Puig has made an offer, but manager Paco Sanchez has hinted that it is insufficient. He has no intention of “selling off” the 2020 MotoGP champion and is asking for an engagement worthy of his reputation, although he is aware that no manufacturer will be able to offer him a salary similar to the one he is taking with Suzuki today. Furthermore, there are no valid factory alternatives: KTM has tacked on Jack Miller, Alex Rins and Pol Espargarò. Aprilia is heading towards the reconfirmation of Aleix Espargarò after a long back and forth on the wages, Maverick Vinales ready to accept any offer from Noale. And there will be no place in Ducati …
Miller towards KTM
The Borgo Panigale company tries to shuffle the cards inside. In the Mooney VR46 team there will be no news, Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi will not move from the box coordinated by Pablo Nieto. In Pramac Johann Zarco is very close to reconfirmation and Jorge Martin’s MotoGP adventure could continue here, with Enea Bastianini more accredited to the Ducati factory team. At this point Jack Miller would have only one possibility left: the Gresini Racing team, but he doesn’t seem to be tempting the Australian. After all, Paolo Ciabatti had put the possible farewell in anticipation: “We can offer him something that he may not consider good enough for him and therefore go in a different direction“. There is therefore one Ducati Desmosedici GP available …
Razali ‘jolly’ of MotoGP
KTM will continue with Brad Binder, Jack Miller could be directed to the Tech3 team if Miguel Oliveira is reconfirmed. The Mattighofen manufacturer will be deprived of at least one rookie between Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez, with the Australian favorite for the start after the statements of his manager Paco Sanchez. Alex Rins is a possible goal, we also consider the return of Pol Espargarò. Much will also depend on Dorna’s decisions: will it leave Suzuki’s two free seats empty or will it allow the entry of a satellite team? Razlan Razali’s team finds itself in a favorable position: it oscillates between Yamaha and Aprilia, it will evaluate the best offer in the coming weeks. The farewell of Andrea Dovizioso (test driver hypothesis) is now certain, Darryn Binder does not seem renewable, so two free seats for a “big excluded” from the market and for a talented young rider from Moto2: at the top of the wish list is Celestino Vietti.