Maverick Vinales' farewell to Yamaha at the end of the year has reopened up a riders market for 2022 that seemed to hold few surprises. Instead, as MotoGP goes into its summer break, more than one desirable seats remain free (two M1s, one in the factory team and the other in Petronas if Valentino decides to retire, and an Aprilia). The candidates to fill them, on the other hand, are in short supply. For weeks the names of Roberts, Dixon, Vierge have all been bandied around, but all riders are not entirely convincing in Moto2.
So, some riders are starting to think that they can take advantage of the opportunity. Like Stefan Bradl, who might be a test rider for Honda, but who is eager to return to being a full-time rider. As he was last year, when he replaced Marc Marquez for most of the season.
The German talked about it with his colleagues at Speedweek and even if he has no real offers on the table for the moment, he is ready to receive them: “If there was any interest from a team, I would look closely and listen to it,” he said.
Stefan will turn 32 at the end of November and he believes he has something more to offer than many other young riders. For example Dixon, for whom he reserved a bit of a jab, commenting on the fact that Jake has only scored points twice this year: “Of course, I can't keep up with that. I’ve only done three races this year and have scored points three times.”