The hunt for satellite teams seems to have started in MotoGP. KTM, which in recent weeks has attempted to approach the LCR and Gresini teams to probe for possible availability as early as 2024, got the ball rolling and now Yamaha is also thinking about it. After losing Razlan Razali's outfit (to Aprilia), Iwata has started looking around, but with little success. The reason is simple: all the teams already have signed contracts for 2024.
This was confirmed by Yamaha team manager Massimo Meregalli who spoke to motorsport-total: “We didn't want to lose our satellite team and we will certainly have one again in the future. Not in 2024, because everyone has an agreement, but we will start discussing it as soon as next season starts."
After all, Yamaha is the only manufacturer that can only count on two bikes on the track: Honda, Aprilia and KTM have 4, Ducati 8. "It's a big disadvantage, in the end we do all the work by ourselves, we can't share it out like the others do,” Maio underlined.
With the new format that allows less time for set-up work, everything is even more complicated. For this reason, Yamaha needs another team. But which one?
It's no mystery that Lin Jarvis has been aiming at having VR46 for some time, a choice that would be logical, also considering the collaboration of the Master Camp at the Ranch. Between words and deeds, however, there is something in between... Ducati. Because the Italian bike is the benchmark in MotoGP and the riders who use it can obtain a lot of satisfaction, even when the model is the one of the previous year. Bastianini proved it and Bezzecchi is doing the same this season.
So at Iwata they must first of all improve the M1, to make it attractive to potential customers. So the 2024 bike will be important for two reasons: being able to return to fight for the top positions and attracting a team.