The last thirty days have been a flood of MotoGP Riders changing teams and teams renewing their riders. So much so that at this point, missing long mid-season 2016, all teams have their formations factory closed 2017; one when less strange situation … Let’s review and comment how they have been each.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa would remain companions two years, until the end of 2018. Dani was the first to renew and silencing rumors about his possible departure to Yamaha. The truth is that, as he himself confirmed, those conversations existed, but as things happened, it is clear that Pedrosa was always for Yamaha’s “spare tire” in case your first choice, not get ahead Maverick Viñales . With the signed contract when it expires Dani will run for Team HRC during 13 seasons! … Without winning a title. Something unique in the history of competitive and demanding championship team. Someday I wish someone HRC explain to me why that insistence.
As for Marc, confirmation of continuity came with the GP of Catalunya. It was one of those deals announced, in the words of Marc had been delayed due to disagreements over the technical future of motorcycle HRC, the logical decision and economic trade – off, and “some issues of my team” , left mysteriously fall Marc.
As expected, Maverick Viñales will be occupying the seat vacated by Jorge Lorenzo in the most successful team in the last decade, the Yamaha Factory Team. Surprisingly Maverick took time to accept an offer than any other driver would have grabbed with both hands immediately. He instead hesitated, but finally common sense prevailed. In their march to the box Yamaha Viñales tried to take with some of those who have helped him and get him familiar to MotoGP pace, but was unsuccessful. Anyway, you can rest easy, because a few days ago the team announced that Viñales will have at his side doing the work of “guardian angel” to Ramón Forcada , the engineer with whom Jorge Lorenzo won his three titles MotoGP … It seems to us a guarantee for Viñales, right?
Along with Viñales is Valentino Rossi , the first pilot who surprisingly announced its renewal before the conclusion of the first GP of the season, movement, incidentally, that baffled all the paddock, plus precipitate that correcalles in the following weeks turned . Again, the Italian has shown that among other things, dominates masterfully times.
Not many weeks ago, Davide Brivio assured us that they intended to renew their drivers. “It’s the best way to give continuity to the project: to continue with the pilots who started 0 with us and with the new bike” , an argument that we bought because we found very sensible, logical … well, it happened exactly the opposite. It is more than likely that eventually the two current drivers are not on the Team Suzuki next year. One of them, Viñales, certainly not; the other, Aleix Espargaró , more than likely. Committed to continue in the team, Aleix learned what’s cooking in your box racks through social networks, which obviously upset him very much.
For reference 2017/2018 team will be Andrea Iannone, while Álex Rins , announced as a substitute for Espargaró few minutes ago, will be the new Viñales Davide Brivio, ie, the figure around which to Suzuki would like to create your new pilot reference.
After confirming Lorenzo as his great signing facing 2017/2018, Ducati announced that it would take time to decide which of the – Iannone Andrea or Dovizioso- continue with them. The decision should have been communicated in the GP of Catalunya, but some unknown reason was announced before Mugello. And this was to leave next to Jorge Lorenzo to “easier” Dovizioso. OK, we agree, Iannone is probably faster than “Dovi” , but his character is much more controversial and, as seen from the beginning of season, is very unpredictable race. And you certainly do not need Gigi Dall’Igna, head of Ducati, when Lorenzo lands in your box is a tense atmosphere.
As is easy to imagine, with more than half a season ahead, the tension is evident between the two Andrea. There have already been some episodes between them on social networks, always instigated by the unstable Iannone. The question is how this environment will influence the future development of the Desmosedici of Jorge Lorenzo …? Another question: if ye should Iannone, you give the maximum, all of you, to let the best bike possible the pilot you “has taken” team?
It seems that Romano Albesiano , head of Aprilia Corse, will change both drivers this season. Sam Lowes has already signed a contract for next season, and knowing the clash between Aleix Espargaró and Suzuki, he has contacted the Catalan pilot to have next to the rookie Lowes an experienced pilot. The second seat Aprilia is the only that is not 100% confirmed among the factory teams, as Espargaró has other offers on the table . But if my information is correct, the final announcement should arrive in the coming days.
The Austrian factory has signed the two Tech 3 Team riders, which means that Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró change their current black monkeys by typical orange KTM. We know that Pol was willing to stay at Yamaha, and actually had an offer of Hervé Poncharal so that would have been, but when the Spaniard demanded a two – year agreement, the head of Yamaha ‘s Lin Jarvis said no. As Suzuki Aleix, Pol is also not very happy with how you were treated.
As you can see, with more than half a season ahead, contracts for 2017/2018 are closed. This means that more than one pilot will run thinking more about what is coming in your present situation … Strange.