The MotoGP grid in 2022: six bikes look for an owner

The MotoGP grid in 2022: six bikes look for an owner

Having reached the summer break, with Fabio Quartararo as the leader of the MotoGP World Championship, it is a good time to review what the 2022 g

Having reached the summer break, with Fabio Quartararo as the leader of the MotoGP World Championship, it is a good time to review what the 2022 grid will be like in the category, in which there are still several places to be awarded and several important names to decide their future, such as Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales or Andrea Dovizioso, for example.


Fabio Quartararo has a contract until the end of 2022 and a guaranteed position in the official tuning forks. Following the Maverick Viñales termination agreement, Yamaha has a free seat for the next season. The movement of the Roses pilot has implicated Dovizioso in the pools. The Italian and the Spanish are also related to Aprilia, in the place of Lorenzo Savadori.


Decisions made at Yamaha will affect Noale’s team, which will compete as an official structure next year, and vice versa. Aleix Espargaró will be one of his riders and the other Italian motorcycle has three suitors: Lorenzo Savadori, current partner of the Spanish, Andrea Dovizioso, with the intention of returning to the premier class after 2021 in which he has completed a development program with the Italians , and Maverick Viñales.


Confirmed alignment in the Golden Wing except for a capital surprise. Marc Márquez has signed until 2024 and Pol Espargaró, who signed for two years, ends in 2022.


Like Honda, the Hamamatsu factory has its duet confirmed for next year: Joan Mir and Álex Rins. Both end their contract in 2022.


If nothing goes wrong in Borgo Panigale, the red bikes will be piloted in 2022 by Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller, both with ties until 2022.


The Austrian house has also confirmed its partner for 2022, and will once again trust the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira, as he confirmed after the GP of Catalonia, and the South African Binder, who recently renewed until 2024.

LCR Honda

Motorcycles confirmed on the Honda satellite for Álex Márquez, who arrived this year from the official, and Takaaki Nakagami, both with a contract until 2022.

Petronas Yamaha

Only Morbidelli has confirmed his position. The Italian awaits the decision of his compatriot and teammate Valentino Rossi to meet his neighbor in the box next season. The routes that open with Valentino are essentially three: retirement, one more year in the Malaysian structure or moving to one of the Ducati of his own team, the Aramco Racing Team VR46. Raúl Fernández, currently in Moto2, was one of the names that came to the fore in the event that Rossi decided to change of scene, but KTM, with which the Spaniard is linked, stopped that possibility.

KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, leader of the Moto2 World Championship and partner of the aforementioned Raúl Fernández, confirmed his jump to the highest category to take over one of the Austrian satellites. The other will be disputed by Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona.

Pramac Ducati

A few days ago the Italian satellite renewed and confirmed its two current pilots: Johann Zarco and Jorge Martín. The results accompany them both and will be from the game next year.

Gresini Racing

The Italian team leaves Aprilia after seven years and arrives at Ducati in 2022. In its new stage the team is committed to the Italian essence and to a pair full of youth: Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini.

Aramco Racing Team VR46

The ownership structure of Valentino Rossi will make its debut on the MotoGP grid with the start of the 2022 World Championship with Ducati. His driver partner has not yet been confirmed, but two are the names that have been related to the new team, and a third conditional: Luca Marini, Valentino Rossi’s brother, currently at Avintia, and Rossi himself, who, if he chooses to leave Petronas for Aramco he would run as owner and pilot. If the one from Tavullia continues with the Malays or opts for withdrawal, the door would open to Marco Bezzecchi.