2019 Provisional MotoGP Rider Line Up After Mugello

With a spate of recent announcements, here is the latest rider lineup for the 2019 MotoGP season and beyond. Rider signings with a question mark are unconfirmed, but likely. Rider signings with a question mark and in italics are unconfirmed and uncertain.

Rider Bike Contract through
Factory teams    
Movistar Yamaha    
Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2020
Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 2020
Repsol Honda    
Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2020
Jorge Lorenzo Honda RC213V 2020
Ecstar Suzuki    
Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2020
Joan Mir? Suzuki GSX-RR 2020?
Gresini Aprilia    
Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2020
Andrea Iannone? Aprilia RS-GP 2020?
KTM Factory    
Johann Zarco KTM RC16 2020
Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2020
Ducati Team    
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP19 2020
Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 2019
Independent Teams    
Pramac Ducati    
Pecco Bagnaia Ducati GP19? 2020
Jack Miller Ducati GP19 2019
LCR Honda    
Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2019
Takaaki Nakagami? Honda RC213V 2019?
Tech3 KTM    
Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 2019
Hafizh Syahrin KTM RC16 2019
Marc VDS?    
Franco Morbidelli? Honda RC213V 2019
Alex Márquez? Honda RC213V ?
Angel Nieto Team/Sepang-Petronas    
Franco Morbidelli? Yamaha M1  
Dani Pedrosa/Andrea Iannone? Yamaha M1  
Avintia Ducati    
Xavier Simeon Ducati GP17? 2019
Tito Rabat? Ducati GP18  

It is uncertain whether the Marc VDS team will continue next season.


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Minor correction:  I believe Danillo Petrucci was signed through 2020 for the factory Ducati team.  

Love the site, love the paddock pass pod.  Keep up the good work.

Saw some conflicting reports on this, but it is only a one year deal for Petrucci.  Interesting decision from Ducati though; looks it's an open competition still between him and Miller for the factory seat in 2020.

He may not be in top 10 or so for sometime, but I wonder why no body even mentions him? Is it that bad? Is he going back to Moto2? 

Alex Marquez..... why? 

He was always talked up as being great, but the cynic in me believes that was only done to increase his marketability and the chance of getting rides.  He has failed to deliver on expectations. Struggled to perform consistently in Moto2.  Seriously, why is he being considered? 

Do we really need MORE Spanish riders in MotoGP?  It’s not like there aren’t enough Spanish and Italians in there now (roughly 7 Spanish confirmed and 6 Italian, with one or two more Spanish to confirm).  I understand that these two countries have great feeder systems, but it’s getting ridiculous. Especially when the class gets littered with extra Spanish and Italians that either bring significant finance or come in from some other class.  Petrucci didn’t come up through the feeder classes (alnd wilst he is going well now, he was given time to evolve into that), Aleix Espagaro got his initial ride from god knows how (he has no real record to speak of in any of the classes when he first started). Pecco is getting great recognition, but hasn’t won any championships, yet is already signed to MotoGP. Mir (a Moto3 champion) has not yet won in Moto2, is already signed.

None of the other nationalities are really being looked at because the main class has become so Italian and Spanish centric. I mean Zarco, who is a great talent, had to win 2 Moto2 championships before he was even given a satellite Yamaha seat. You can argue that the Italian and Spanish countries have lots of talented riders….. but they are, by far, given the most chances.

next season."

Does not Dorna have a Plan B to make sure that there are 24 bikes on the grid?

Also, is the information that Bartholemy owns the grid slots and not VDS (the man) correct?  Either way it would make sense to have them used for a satellite Yamaha team, whether SIC-Petronas or Sky VR46.

There is one class still available that might work for Dani Pedrosa, E- bikes or whatever they are calling it next year. Mugen is not exactly part of the Honda family but it is close.

The electric bikes should be heavy enough to generate heat in the tyres.

No body else is going to have the experience that Pedrosa has & at least Dani would still be racing. It might give him a good chance of winning races & a championship or two.