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MotoGP, 2025 line-up takes shape: Jack Miller close to Ducati and Gresini

Pramac needs to decide between Ducati and Yamaha. Only one satellite team has signed both riders. Jack Miller could ride for Gresini; Mir will stay with Honda, Rins with Yamaha. Aprilia is hunting for Bez

MotoGP: 2025 line-up takes shape: Jack Miller close to Ducati and Gresini

Only two out of five MotoGP Factory Teams have presented their rider line-up for the 2025 season: Ducati Lenovo (with Marc Márquez and Bagnaia) plus Red Bull KTM (Brad Binder and Pedro Acosta). Monster Yamaha has renewed the contract with Fabio Quartararo. "And we are in discussions with Alex Rins to extend the one-year agreement - confirmed Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing - We are ideally planning two year programs with our selected riders" like Fabio Quartararo already done for 2025 and 2026.

Aprilia Racing still has to fill the second spot next to new entry Jorge Martín, and Repsol-Honda must decide on who to have next to Luca Marini who is in the first year of a two-year contract.

Despite embarrassing results, Joan Mir, MotoGP World Champion 2020 for Suzuki Ecstar, seems to be the safest bet for Repsol Honda. Of course, riders like Jack Miller have shown interest but Repsol Honda have nearly always ran a Spanish rider (or even two) in past years.

Remarkably, if Joan Mir leaves Repsol they could end up with no World Champion in the team, which has never happened since 2004 when Alex Barros and Nicky Hayden rode the 990 cc five-cylinder RC211V.

Aprilia Racing could run the factory team in 2025 with Jorge Martín and Marco Bezzecchi because they would love to hire a top Italian rider. The VR46 outfit feels the obligation to find factory seats for their top riders. Morbidelli was hired by Yamaha, Bagnaia by Ducati, Marini by Repsol Honda.

Monster Yamaha has agreed two more years with Quartararo. Alex Rins will most likely stay on board for another 2 years.

Out of the six MotoGP satellite teams, only one has so far presented its line-up for 2025: Red Bull KTM Tech3 will field the promising riders Enea Bastianini (5 MotoGP wins) and Maverick Viñales (10 MotoGP wins) next year.

The Pierer Mobility Group will pull out the Spanish brand GASGAS from the premier class after 2 seasons and instead promote KTM in the Tech3 satellite team for the next two years. In 2027 Tech3 could switch to MV Agusta after Pierer Mobility took over a 50.1% majority of MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. in March 2024.

At Trackhouse Aprilia the contracts of Miguel Oliveira and Raúl Fernández will terminate at the end of 2024. Trackhouse team manager Davide Brivio would like to please enthusiastic American team owner Justin Marks by hiring a US rider. 27-year-old Moto2 pilot Joe Roberts recently won the Mugello GP; the Californian lies second in the standings behind Sergio Garcia; Joe started his Moto2 career in 2017 and finished 7th overall in 2020 and 9th in 2022.

Aprilia Racing has a lot of trust and faith in the abilities of Miguel Oliveira, a five times MotoGP winner on KTM in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Aprilia and Trackhouse basically agreed to keep talented Spanish rider Raúl Fernández for another season since he showed his true potential by finishing sixth at the Catalunya GP in June.

Gresini Ducati seems quite keen to expand the contract with Alex Márquez and could agree to keep the second spot for Jack Miller.

The line-ups of most private teams will only be decided after the summer break or even later, in September or October.

Pramac Racing may switch from Ducati to Yamaha because team owner Paolo Campinoti has been disappointed by Ducati Corse management a few times during the last few years. He got really annoyed when he not only lost Jorge Martin (to Aprilia) for 2025 but also Marc Márquez (to Ducati Lenovo) at the Italian GP. Márquez was supposed to bring some financially strong sponsors with him to Pramac for next year.

Pramac has an option to stay with Ducati which expires at the end of July. Gigi Dall’Igna is trying hard to keep Pramac Racing on board and stop them from switching to Yamaha after exactly 20 years with Ducati.

Certainly, staying with the Panigale factory bike Pramac could attract better riders. For example Morbidelli, Di Giannantonio or Fermin Aldeguer. The Spanish Moto2 talent won the last four races in 2023 and has signed a two-year MotoGP contract with Ducati Corse with an option for 2027.

Jack Miller’s name was tipped for a return to the team of Campinoti. But at the moment he has a good chance of  joining Gresini Racing in his bid to return to the Desmosedici bike which took him to two MotoGP wins – in Jerez and Le Mans 2022.

Yamaha would not be able to promote any talents from the Moto2 Master Camp team to Pramac because Jeremy Alcoba and Ayumu Sasaki do not have the capacity for the premier class at this stage.

But Pramac needs an Italian rider which is part of the agreement with naming rights sponsor Prima. That is why Pramac tries to attract Fabio Di Giannantonio. But Valentino Rossi’s VR46 team has an option on Diggia that they can exercise until the end of July. Yamaha would most likely not agree to Morbidelli on a Pramac Yamaha after they decided not to hire him again for 2024.

LCR Honda will run Johann Zarco again next year – he is on a two-year deal. The choice for the second rider will also be taken by the HRC management. Taka Nakagami stands a good chance despite making no big steps forward since securing pole position in Aragón 2020 and is still looking for his first MotoGP podium after 110 Grands Prix in the premier class.

On the other hand, Taka has never had a competitive bike since 2020 – and the HRC engineers like to listen to his development ideas in Japanese.

Nakagami could finally be replaced by another Japanese rider – for example by Moto2 GP winner Ai Ogura who moved from Honda Asia to the MT Helmets-MSI team in 2024 and is currently running third overall in the standings – on a Boscoscuro bike.

MotoGP Teams 2025

Ducati Lenovo Team
Pecco Bagnaia, Marc Márquez
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins?
Repsol Honda Team
Luca Marini, Joan Mir?
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Brad Binder, Pedro Acosta
Aprilia Racing
Jorge Martin, Marco Bezzecchi?
Prima Pramac
Fabio Di Giannantonio? Franco Morbidelli? Fermin Aldeguer?
Gresini Racing MotoGP
Alex Márquez? Jack Miller?
Pertamina Enduro VR46 TE
Bezzecchi? Morbidelli? Di Giannantonio?
Red Bull KTM Tech3
Maverick Viñales, Enea Bastianini
Trackhouse Racing
Raúl Fernández, Miguel Oliveira? Joe Roberts?
LCR Honda
Johann Zarco, Taka Nakagami? Ai Ogura?

MotoGP-Teams 2024

Ducati Lenovo Team
Pecco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins
Repsol Honda Team
Joan Mir, Luca Marini
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Brad Binder, Jack Miller
Aprilia Racing
Aleix Espargaró, Maverick Viñales
Prima Pramac Racing
Jorge Martin. Franco Morbidelli
Gresini Racing MotoGP
Marc Mátquez, Alex Mátrquez
Pertamina Enduro VR46 TE
Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Giannantonio
Red Bull GASGAS Tech3
Pedro Acosta, Augusto Fernández
Trackhouse Racing
Miguel Oliveira, Raúl Fernández
LCR Honda
Johann Zarco, Takaaki Nakagami


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