AAA rider offered for official motorcycle, also accept satellite as long as referenced

The Top Riders are (almost) all in place; the market for the second and third tiers is now open, but that's not all. There are also teams and manufacturers in difficulty, such as Yamaha and Honda, struggling with both technical and structural problems. The market domino effect is not over

: AAA rider offered for official motorcycle, also accept satellite as long as referenced

Now that Bastianini and Vinales have also made their positions for 2025 official, we can say that the top seeds in the motorcycle racing world championship are in place.

From today, therefore, the hunt for the few remaining good seats begins. And they are not many. In fact, they are very few, counting on the fingers of one hand.

There is Aprilia, with a seat still vacant alongside Jorge Martin, the two RS-GPs of the Trackhouse satellite team and two Ducatis, or rather one given the agreement already signed with Aldeguer, in the Pramac team. Provided, however, that Campinoti stays where he is, because should he move to Yamaha, irrespective of the absolutely prestigious position, from a performance point of view it would be a downsizing.

What other teams are on the market? Well obviously the two teams still owned by Ducati so that means Team Gresini and VR46.

For the former there is a vacancy in the position left by Marc Marquez, because we believe Alex will stay. In the latter we think that one of the two riders might leave, to try to go somewhere... but where? Because it will all depend on the decision Pramac makes: if it chooses Yamaha, in fact, we think Ducati will divide the two official bikes currently at its disposal between Gresini and VR46, and one of the two will go to Aldeguer.

But let's first say who the riders looking for a new arrangement are.

Heading them all is Joan Mir, the 2020 world champion who, as happened to Marquez, is on the verge of a crisis and ready to leave Honda at all costs. He also recently declared himself ready to follow Marquez's decision, and thus leave the status and economic benefits of an official rider to go to a private team. We believe he would do his utmost to find himself in Gresini in 2025. Or maybe even go zero parameter to Aprilia, since we think Massimo Rivola does not have much to spend.

Also free are Augusto Fernandez and Jack Miller, dumped by KTM, and again Raul Fernandez and Miguel Oliveira, waiting to know their fate at Trackhouse. We believe both would like to stay, maybe Miguel even has a chance to upgrade. But the others will have to look for a different ride.

If we were Massimo Rivola, and with sufficient economic resources availabile, however, we would think of one of those who are still undecided, someone who speaks little, but is not to be undervalued: Alex Rins. Often underestimated in the days when he lined up with Mir in Suzuki.

Rivola might also give some thought to Di Giannantonio or Bezzecchi. And in this case the one that departs between the two could be replaced in VR46 by Franco Morbidelli.

On the other hand, we see no change in the LCR team, unless HRC decides to replace Nakagami, but given the presence of sponsor Idemitsu, it will have to be another Japanese rider. Ogura? He is third in the Moto2 world championship. Could be him.

But which teams are really in difficulty? Obviously in first place is Honda with only Luca Marini on a two-year deal. A vacant seat needs a fast rider, who is also a test rider, but most of all patient. A late-career rider like Johann Zarco (who is fine where he is), but the ideal solution would be to bring Dani Pedrosa out of retirement! This is obviously a joke...

HRC is actually forced to make a choice outside the box. A fate that unites it with Yamaha, which additionally has the problem of finding a second team. So, if Rins does not stay, it will need as many as three riders among those available on the market. A far from simple task. Also for the promised Pramac bride, who like the frog in Aesop's fable (the frog and the ox) after having dreamed, with Ducati, of beating the official team, switching to Yamaha could find itself again in the second (or third) tier. An inevitable downsizing even though, staying with Ducati, it will not be able to guarantee the Borgo Panigale factory, at least one top rider.

In the best of cases like this it seems destined to play a secondary role, but it is always possible to pull out of the hat even seemingly senseless choices such as Andrea Iannone, fast and media-friendly, if nothing else.

If you thought the surprises were over with Ducati's signing of Marc Marquez, you were sorely mistaken. We are just at the beginning. The dominoes will still hold some surprises for us.

Only one thing is certain: the choice of Borgo Panigale has incredibly strengthened KTM, but also partially strengthened Aprilia, which is in the unenviable position of being appealing. Who knows if it will be able to take advantage of this favourable position.

 

Translated by Julian Thomas

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