This is how the 2023 MotoGP grid looks with a majority of Spaniards
The 2023 MotoGP grid has been defined with the last move that was missing to complete the puzzle: the free place for the Gas Gas Factory Team (KTM’s satellite Tech 3 team) will be occupied by the Majorcan Augusto Fernández, who will rise from Moto2. There will be a majority of Spaniards: 10 of the 22 drivers, 45% of the grid.
The Spanish are the majority in the queen class, 10 of the 22 pilots; the Italians will be six
In this way, next year’s queen cylinder grid will have 13 riders who repeat the team and 9 who change scenery. The casualties are Remy Gardner and Darryn Binder, both from KTM and debutants this year in MotoGP. The Australian based in Sitges, Moto2 champion, is left without a seat and moves to Superbike, while the South African takes a step back, to Moto2, a category he had not been through.
The most notorious changes are caused by the withdrawal of the Suzuki team from the World Championship for economic reasons. In this way, its two riders are released and shake up the market: Joan Mir goes to Repsol Honda for Pol Espargaró, and Álex Rins will go to LCR Honda.
Andrea Dovizioso retires and leaves a vacant place, while Enea Bastianini joins the official Ducati team for Jack Miller, who moves to KTM. Àlex Márquez also changes gear, from LCR Honda to the Gresini team, Ducati’s satellite.
Another of the changes of 2023 will be in the nomenclature and engine suppliers. The Tech3 structure, KTM’s satellite, will become the Gas Gas factory team (with KTM bikes painted red), while the Yamaha subsidiary, the Malaysian RNF, will become the Aprilia satellite.
It’s done like that
The grid of 2023
Lenovo Ducati Team
– Fabio di Giannantonio
Mooney VR46 Ducati
-Aleix Espargaró (ends 2024)
-Maverick Viñales (ends 2024)
red bull ktm
Tech3 Gas Gas