Yamaha’s factory team will also consist of Quartararo and Morbidelli in 2023. Dovis and Binder’s seats on the WithU customer team are shaking. Yamaha race director Lin Jarvis spoke to many candidates.
Fabio Quartararo and teammate Franco Morbidelli will continue to form the Monster Yamaha Factory Team in 2023, after Yamaha and Quartararo manager Eric Mahé agreed on a new two-year deal at the Jerez GP eight days ago. Lin Jarvis, CEO of Yamaha Motor Racing, is now seeking to renew Razlan Razali’s one-year contract with the WithU-RNF customer team.
And as soon as this collaboration is sealed again, together we will search more intensively for the right riders for the 2023 MotoGP season. Rookie Darryn Binder’s performance will be closely monitored for a few more races; So far, the 23-year-old South African has drawn the affair quite respectfully.
In fact, the RNF team is Yamaha’s junior team. The 36-year-old Andrea Dovizioso does not ideally fit into the concept. But when Rossi traveled, Viñales went to Aprilia, Superbike world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu stayed in SBK for another year, Moto2 second place Raúl Fernández agreed with KTM for a place in the Tech3-KTM team and Sponsor WithU also got an Italian equestrian wish, the choice fell on Dovi, the triple MotoGP vice world champion.
Raúl Fernández would be welcome to WithU-Yamaha 2023, just as Toprak Razgatlioglu would be welcome. Lin Jarvis admits he has contacted a number of other riders, including four-time MotoGP winner Miguel Oliveira, but the Portuguese was primarily a candidate for the factory squad should Quartararo leave the squad.
“I spoke with Paulo Oliveira, Miguel’s father, this spring,” Lin Jarvis told SPEEDWEEK.com. “But I have to mention that I’ve been talking to pretty much all drivers lately. It’s part of my job. I need to know what’s going on in the driver market. For example, I need to find out what’s going on. is scheduled at Honda whether to separate from a driver and go after one of our drivers.I was also interested in the situation of the two Suzuki drivers before the team announced their planned retirement at the end of the season a week ago. “with all the leaders except the four HRC drivers and two others. I now know pretty well what’s going on in the market. Because the leaders are people we know.”
Of course, Lin Jarvis is also in close contact with the VR46 Riders Academy, especially since the 2022 VR46 squad also runs the Yamaha Master Camp Moto2 team on behalf of Yamaha. In addition, Yamaha has already signed a contract with Franco Morbidelli from VR46 Academy.
Therefore, the excellent Moto2 world championship leader Celestino Vietti obviously plays a role when it comes to filling the WithU-RNF team. Firstly, he is already a monster protégé, secondly, he would ideally fit in with sponsor WithU’s ideas – because he’s Italian.
“Vietti could be a problem. But I think he could also be considered by the Mooney VR46 team, “said Lin Jarvis.” I do not know if they have a place on the team for him. Since they have Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi, it can be difficult for VR46 to find a place for Vietti. He is definitely one of the interesting drivers. “
Whether Superbike world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu can become friends with a place on the WithU Yamaha team remains to be seen.
Jarvis: “Toprak will test a MotoGP Yamaha for the first time in June. I think it will happen in Aragón. We do not have room for him in the factory team. He has to try the bike first, then we have to see how his performance level and speed are. After that, if he has the incentive to get into MotoGP, we can offer him our best possible place, which would be with RNF. If he decides against it, there are two options. Either Toprak drives for another team, or he stays with Superbikes. It is up to him to decide. “
Results of MotoGP Jerez (May 1):
1. Pecco Bagnaia (I), Ducati, 25 laps in 41: 00.554 min.
2. Fabio Quartararo (F), Yamaha, + 0.285s
3. Aleix Espargaró (E), Aprilia, +10.977
4. Marc Marquez (E), Honda, +12,676
5. Jack Miller (AUS), Ducati, +12,957
6. Joan Mir (E), Suzuki, +13.934
7. Takaaki Nakagami (J), Honda, +14,929
8. Enea Bastianini (I), Ducati, +18,436
9. Marco Bezzecchi (I), Ducati, +18,830
10. Brad Binder (ZA), KTM, +20.056
11. Pol Espargaró (E), Honda, +20.856
12.Miguel Oliveira (P), KTM, +23.131
13. Alex Marquez (E), Honda, +25,306
14. Maverick Vinales (E), Aprilia, +27,358
15. Franco Morbidelli (I), Yamaha, +27,519
16. Luca Marini (I), Ducati, +29,278
17. Andrea Dovizioso (I), Yamaha, +35.204
18. Fabio Di Giannantonio (I), Ducati, +35,361
19. Alex Rins (E), Suzuki, +38.922
20. Remy Gardner (AUS), KTM, +43.378
21. Lorenzo Savadori (I), Aprilia, +44,299
22. Jorge Martin (E), Ducati, +1: 07.681 min
– Stefan Bradl (D), Honda, 15 laps left
– Johann Zarco (F), Ducati, 16 laps behind
– Darryn Binder (ZA), Yamaha, 20 laps left
Championship status after 6 of 21 Grand Prix:
1. Quartararo 89 point. 2 Aleix Espargaró 82 3 Bastianini 69 4 Rins 69 5 Bagnaia 56 6 Mir 56 7 Zarco 51 8 Brad Binder 48 9 Marc Marquez 44 10 Oliveira 43 11 Miller 42nd 12 Pol Espargaró 3 Martin Vi 35 1bid 35 1 2 1bid 35 1 1bid Alex Marquez 16 18 Bezzecchi 15 19 Marini 14 20 Dovizioso 8 21 Darryn Binder 6. 22. Gardner 3.
Ducati 131 points. 2. Yamaha 89. 3. Aprilia 83. 4. Suzuki 80. 5. KTM 76. 6. Honda 57.
1. Suzuki Ecstar 125 points. 2nd Aprilia Racing 109 3rd Monster Energy Yamaha 107 4th Ducati Lenovo 98th 5th Red Bull KTM Factory 91st 6th Pramac Racing 79th 7th Repsol Honda 79th 8th Gresini Racing MotoGP 69th 9th LCR Honda 10/37 Mooney VR1NF29 1 Yamaha R1NF29 Racing Tech3 KTM Factory 3