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MotoGP Rider Contract Status Quo: Ducati is Hot..!

RiderTua.com – There have been several changes in the transfer market for the initial phase of the 2024 MotoGP season. Currently 16 of the 22 regular premier class rIDers do not have contracts for next year. This means there are 6 riders who have secured their future. Luca Marini, Johann Zarco and Pedro Acosta each have contracts until 2025 while Pecco Bagnaia, Brad Binder and Fabio Quartararo until 2026.

Status Quo of MotoGP Rider Contracts

The most prominent rider who has signed a contract with factory Ducati for another 2 years after this season is defending champion Pecco Bagnaia. His contract extension was signed right at the start of the season, bringing peace to the two-time MotoGP world champion and the factory in Bologna until 2026.

Pit Beirer (KTM motorsport boss) also secured Brad Binder from the start, who will also ride the RC16 until the end of 2026. As a form of long-term commitment, the Yamaha manufacturer also succeeded in convincing Fabio Quartararo to continue cooperation. Currently the French rider is the third rider with a signed contract until the end of 2026.

MotoGP Riders – Pecco, Bestia, Quartararo, Miller

Both Luca Marini and Johann Zarco are involved in the development of the latest Honda RC213V and will be the factory riders with the gold wings logo until the end of 2025. Although there has been no official signing, sensational rookie Pedro Acosta will continue with KTM on a contract basis until at least 2025.

The other 16 riders are clearly already thinking about their professional future. One thing is also certain, at least 1 of these 16 professional riders will no longer be a permanent part of the starting lineup in 2025. The reason is the early signing of Fermin Aldeguer. The young talent from Spain is certain to ride the Ducati Desmosedici in November 2024, thus ‘throwing away’ one of the current regular riders.

In the Ducati camp this constellation is very interesting. Except for Pecco Bagnaia, the other 7 riders need new contract approval. Enea Bastianini, Jorge Martin and Franco Morbidelli, who are currently riding the 2024 Desmosedici GP, are also under direct contract with the manufacturer. Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Marc and Alex Marquez have contracts with their respective teams.

Since it is likely that one of the 3 Ducati satellite teams will join Yamaha next year, this change will of course also have an impact on rider contracts. For drivers, there are important financial differences whether their salaries are paid by the manufacturer or the satellite team’s headquarters.

The Ducati rider with the best total points will have the opportunity to become Pecco Bagnaia’s teammate. Jorge Martin is currently ahead of Enea Bastianini ahead of Marc Marquez, that is his position after the 4th series. With this line-up, it is unlikely that Aldeguer will immediately start his MotoGP career with the factory Ducati team.

The situation of the two Aprilia teams is also very interesting. The four riders, namely Maverick Vinales, Aleix Espargaro, Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez have factory contracts which will expire at the end of the year. Vinales is considered a figure of the future at Aprilia, Aleix Espargaro, who is still undecided, will most likely end his long career with Aprilia.

The 2-year contract between Augusto Fernandez and the KTM factory will also expire at the end of this year. Currently, Acosta’s teammate is still being guarded. Whether Fernandez will contest his 3rd season with the RC16 with the GASGAS team, depends on the results of the next races. The same goes for Red Bull KTM rider Jack Miller. This Australian rider also has no commitment after 2024.

The two Honda riders, namely Joan Mir and Taka Nakagami, are expected to remain at the Japanese manufacturer. At least for Mir, the largest bike manufacturer in the world will try hard to recover.

Alex Rins’ contract at Yamaha will also end at the end of 2024. His quality in winning last year’s race is undeniable. Considering that 4 Yamaha YZR-M1s will compete on the MotoGP grid next year, Alex Rins will be part of the negotiations.

Aleix Espargaro will probably take the next step. If the 34 year old rider decides to switch roles as test rider, there will be a move to the system in 22 slots. After his home race in Barcelona at the end of this month, Aleix wants clarity.

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