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2022 Provisional Moto2 Rider Line Up

Provisional Moto2 rider line up for the 2022 season:

No. Rider Nationality Team Machine
2 Gabriel Rodrigo Argentina Pertamina Mandalika Sag Team Kalex
4 Sean Dylan Kelly USA American Racing Kalex
5 Romano Fenati Italian Speedup Racing Boscoscuro
6 Cameron Beaubier USA American Racing Kalex
7 Barry Baltus Belgian RW Racing GP Kalex
9 Jorge Navarro Spanish Flexbox HP40 Kalex
12 Filip Salac Czech Gresini Racing Moto2 Kalex
13 Celestino Vietti Italian VR46 Racing Team Kalex
14 Tony Arbolino Italian Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex
16 Joe Roberts USA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
18 Manuel Gonzalez Spanish Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex
19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Italian Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
22 Sam Lowes British Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex
23 Marcel Schrotter German Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex
24 Simone Corsi Italian MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta
28 Niccolo Antonelli Italian VR46 Racing Team Kalex
35 Somkiat Chantra Thai Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex
37 Augusto Fernandez Spanish Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex
40 Aron Canet Spanish Flexbox HP40 Kalex
42 Marcos Ramirez Spanish MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta
51 Pedro Acosta Spanish Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex
52 Jeremy Alcoba Spanish Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex
54 Fermin Aldeguer Spanish Speedup Racing Boscoscuro
61 Alessandro Zaccone Italian Gresini Racing Moto2 Kalex
64 Bo Bendsneyder Dutch Pertamina Mandalika Sag Team Kalex
75 Albert Arenas Spanish Aspar Team (Moto2) Gasgas
79 Ai Ogura Japanese Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex
81 Keminth Kubo Thai Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Kalex
84 Zonta van den Goorbergh Dutch RW Racing GP Kalex
96 Jake Dixon British Aspar Team (Moto2) Gasgas
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2022 Provisional Moto3 Rider Line Up

The provisional rider line up for the Moto3 class for 2022:

No. Rider Nationality Team Machine
5 Jaume Masia Spanish Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
6 Ryusei Yamanaka Japanese MT Helmets - MSI KTM
7 Dennis Foggia Italian Leopard Racing Honda
10 Diogo Moreira Brazilian MT Helmets - MSI KTM
11 Sergio Garcia Spanish Aspar Team (Moto3) GasGas
16 Andrea Migno Italian Rivacold Snipers Team Honda
17 John McPhee British Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Husqvarna
18 Matteo Bertelle Italian Avintia Esponsorama Moto3 KTM
20 Lorenzo Fellon French SIC 58 Squadra Corse Honda
23 Elia Bartolini Italian Avintia Esponsorama Moto3 KTM
24 Tatsuki Suzuki Japanese Leopard Racing Honda
26 Scott Ogden British VisionTrack Racing Team Honda
27 Kaito Toba Japanese CIP Green Power KTM
28 Izan Guevara Spanish Aspar Team (Moto3) GasGas
31 Adrian Fernandez Spanish Red Bull KTM Tech3 KTM
38 David Salvador Spanish BOE SKX KTM
43 Xavier Artigas Spanish CFMoto Racing PruestelGP CFMoto
44 David Muñoz Spanish BOE SKX KTM
48 Ivan Ortola Spanish Team MTA KTM
53 Deniz Öncü Turkish Red Bull KTM Tech3 KTM
54 Riccardo Rossi Italian SIC 58 Squadra Corse Honda
64 Mario Suryo Aji Indonesian Honda Team Asia Honda
66 Joel Kelso Australian CIP Green Power KTM
67 Alberto Surra Italian Rivacold Snipers Team Honda
70 Joshua Whatley British VisionTrack Racing Team Honda
71 Ayumu Sasaki Japanese Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Husqvarna
72 Taiyo Furusato Japanese Honda Team Asia Honda
82 Stefano Nepa Italian Team MTA KTM
96 Daniel Holgado Spanish Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
99 Carlos Tatay Spanish CFMoto Racing PruestelGP CFMoto
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Pol Espargaro Likely To Miss Qualifying For Valencia - UPDATED

Pol Espargaro looks set to miss qualifying for the Valencia MotoGP round on Saturday. The Repsol Honda rider suffered a massive highside around Turn 13, getting flicked off the bike as the rear became unstable as he swept the bike from the right of Turn 12 to the long left at Turn 13.

Espargaro badly banged up his ribs on his right side, and injured his wrist, according to Dr Charte, one of the senior members of Dorna's medical team at the MotoGP races. Though his mobility was not compromised, he was in a great deal of pain.

Espargaro has been taken to the 9 de Octubre hospital in Valencia for further checkups. Dr Charte told Spanish broadcaster Dazn that Espargaro will not ride this afternoon, but the Repsol Honda team have not yet made an announcement on what the Spaniard will do.

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The Repsol Honda team released the following statement after qualifying. Espargaro is back in the paddock, suffering with chest and stomach pains, and will assess his condition on Sunday morning:


Pol Espargaro escapes serious injury in Valencia

Following a heavy highside at Turn 13, Repsol Honda Team’s Pol Espargaro missed Saturday action in Valencia after scans and checks in hospital.

During MotoGP Free Practice 3, Pol Espargaro suffered a highside on the exit of Turn 12 heading into Turn 13. The Repsol Honda Team rider was taken to the circuit medical centre before being transported to 9 de Octubre Hospital in Valencia for further checks. Scans revealed heavy bruising, especially around the right thorax and abdomen.

Espargaro will rest tonight before assessing his condition and continued participation on Sunday morning.

Pol Espargaro

“Unfortunately today I had a very big crash during FP3 at Turn 13. The impact was very hard but fortunately I have no serious injuries and nothing appeared broken in the tests we did at the hospital. At the moment I have a lot of pain from around my ribs when I breathe, this is what hurts most. I’m really disappointed because we had great speed and I was feeling really confident. I’m sorry for my team. Tonight we will rest, take painkillers and see what the situation is in the morning.”

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Marc Marquez Out Of Valencia Race And Jerez Test Due To Recurrence Of Eye Problems

Marc Marquez' terrible run of injury problems continues. Today, the Repsol Honda team announced that it wasn't just concussion which Marquez suffered in a training crash before Portimão, but that he also appears to have damaged a nerve in his right eye. As a result, Marquez is having problems with diplopia, or double vision.

Those problems are a recurrence of the issue Marquez suffered back in 2011, when he crashed during practice at Sepang on a patch of water after marshals failed to wave the yellow flag. That crash cost Marc Marquez the 2011 Moto2 title, and a long period of uncertainty. The Spaniard required surgery on his right eye, a weakening of the muscle to try to correct the problem.

That surgery turned out to be a success. Despite the fact that there were real fears Marquez would never race again, a member of Marquez' entourage told me several years ago. The relief after he took to the track at Alcarras and rode a Moto2 machine without major problems was absolutely palpable. The test was supposed to be secret, but some BSB riders were also present, and as it was 2012, and the early days of Twitter and social media, the news soon leaked out.

Dr Sanchez Dalmau, the ophthalmologist who treated Marquez in 2011 and 2012, and is treating him again now, has chosen to follow a conservative regime of treatment, presumably to avoid complications on the eye where he has already had one operation. The problems Marquez is suffering are with the nerve which was damaged back in 2011.

There is no time frame for a return for Marc Marquez. He will certainly miss the Valencia race and the Jerez test. Whether he will be present at the Sepang test in February 2022 will only be apparent much later, and much closer to the time. Repsol Honda looks unlikely to replace Marquez at Valencia.

Marquez' absence is a setback for HRC's plan to develop the 2022 Honda RC213V. The bike, which first saw the light at the Misano test in September, is completely new, with a new engine, chassis, fairing, airbox, and aerodynamic package. It will need a lot of work to get it ready for 2022, and Honda will have to rely on the feedback from their current line up of test rider Stefan Bradl, Repsol Honda teammate Pol Espargaro, and the LCR riders Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami.

The press release appears below:


Marc Marquez to miss Valencia Grand Prix and Jerez Test

The Repsol Honda Team rider will not participate in the Valencia Grand Prix this coming weekend, nor in the IRTA Jerez Test scheduled for November 18 and 19.

After Marc Marquez underwent a medical examination at the Dexeus Clinic in Barcelona last Tuesday, in which he was evaluated after a fall while practicing off-road, the rider has been resting all week at his home in Cervera.

During these days of rest, Marc has continued to feel unwell and has suffered from vision problems, which is why this Monday he was visited by the ophthalmologist Dr. Sánchez Dalmau at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, who examined him and performed the tests, which detected a new episode of diplopia.

Doctor Sánchez Dalmau
Ophthalmologist

“The examination carried out on Marc Marquez today after the accident that occurred has confirmed that the rider has diplopia and has revealed a paralysis of the fourth right nerve with involvement of the right superior oblique muscle. A conservative treatment with periodic updates has been chosen to follow with the clinical evolution. This fourth right nerve is the one that was already injured in 2011.”

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Marc Marquez To Miss Portimão 2 Round With Concussion

Marc Marquez is to miss the Algarve Grand Prix, to be held at the Portimão circuit this weekend. According to a press release from the Repsol Honda team, the Spaniard suffered a crash during training which has left him with a mild concussion. As he was still feeling unwell a couple of days after the event, Marquez and the team have decided to skip the penultimate round of MotoGP.

Marquez' absence at Portimão raises questions of whether he will be fit for Valencia, and indeed, whether it will be worth Marquez taking a risk on being fully fit for the final grand prix of the 2021 season. The season will end with a two-day test at the Jerez circuit on the Thursday and Friday after Valencia, and as we saw at the Misano test, Honda have brought a radically revised RC213V for the 2022 season. Given that the best Marquez could hope for in 2021 is to finish fourth, there is more to be gained from testing than from coming back too early and trying to race.

The decision is also a sign that Marquez is taking injury more seriously, since breaking his arm. The lesson learned from the long and miserable process of recovering from the right humerus he broke at Jerez last year is that it is better to be more patient before trying to come back. Marquez' decision to try to race a few days after surgery to fix his right arm ended up costing him the entire 2020 season, and any chance of the 2021 championship.

It is also a positive sign that concussion is being taken much more seriously. Coming back too early from a concussion can have very serious consequences, and a knock on effect for weeks and months after the fact. It is better to play it safe and focus on recovering as fully as possible, rather than risk exacerbating an existing concussion and paying for it down the road.

As of this moment, there is no word on a replacement rider, but HRC test rider Stefan Bradl could be called in to take Marquez' place, either at Portimão, or Valencia, or both, if that is needed.

The press release from the Repsol Honda team appears below:


Marquez to miss Algarve Grand Prix

This past Saturday Marc Marquez, while preparing for the Algarve Grand Prix with one of his standard off-road training sessions, suffered a fall that caused a slight head concussion. After a few days of rest at home and seeing that he was still unwell, today Marquez has been assessed by doctors in a medical check-up to evaluate his current status. As a precautionary measure, this coming weekend Marquez will not contest the Algarve Grand Prix.

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FIM & Dorna Address Safety Concerns By Raising Minimum Ages And Working On Rider Equipment And Communication

The Permanent Bureau, the joint body comprising the FIM and Dorna, who run short circuit motorcycle racing, have announced major steps to improve rider safety in all championships run or backed by Dorna. Ages are to be raised, grid sizes are to be limited, and work will continue to improve rider safety equipment and rider communication.

It is worth reading the press release in full for the complete details, but here is a summary of the key points:

  • Rider minimum ages are to be increased across the board, starting in 2022:
    • In Moto3 and Moto2, the minimum age is to be increased from 16 to 18 from 2023
    • In Red Bull Rookies Cup, the minimum age will be 14 from 2022, and 15 from 2023
    • The FIM CEV Moto3 championship will have a minimum age of 15 in 2022, and 16 in 2023
    • The minimum age for the WorldSSP300 class will be raised from 15 to 16 in 2022, and to 18 in 2023
    • The minimum age for the World Supersport class will be raised to 18 in 2023.
    • From 2023, the minimum age for all series on short circuits (including Talent Cups such as the Asia Talent Cup, Junior Talent Cup, etc) will be 14
  • Grid sizes are to be limited as follows:
    • Talent Cups will be limited to 30 riders on each grid
    • The FIM CEV Moto3 championship will have a maximum of 32 riders in each race
    • WorldSSP300 will have a maximum of 32 riders on the grid

Exceptions will be allowed during the transition from 2022 to 2023. And the winner of the FIM CEV Moto3 championship can enter Moto3 at 17, rather than 18.

The other interesting move is addressing rider safety through improved rider gear and improved communication. Talks have already started with manufacturers of leathers and protective gear about reducing the chance of injury in the case of collisions with other riders. There have also been talks with a view to speeding up communication with riders, and informing them as quickly as possible of a crash ahead. The press release speaks of "near-instant, automatic warning systems".

Given that the main risk of injury, and all of the fatalities this year, have been caused by impacts between riders and following bikes, reducing the chance of impact and dissipating the energy of impact is the next step in making motorcycle racing as safe as an inherently dangerous sport can be made.

The press release appears below:


Important Safety Regulation updates from the Permanent Bureau

The Permanent Bureau, comprising the FIM and Dorna, meets in Misano to define new safety regulation updates

Friday, 22 October 2021

The Permanent Bureau has worked closely for many years with all Road and Circuit Racing stakeholders, including IRTA and the MSMA, towards creating the safest sport possible. Whilst all parties, and fans, are conscious that motorcycle racing is dangerous, all bodies are committed to continued improvement and evolution, making it safer every day and ensuring that the sport continues to grow on a global scale.

Via a process of constant review and revision, this commitment from the Permanent Bureau and all those within the sport goes back various decades, in close collaboration with the riders themselves in the Safety Commission, and has already resulted in significant improvements to safety within motorcycle racing. To build on this progress, additional safety regulations and improvements will now come into force in four key areas, aimed at further minimising the risk of motorcycle racing as much as possible. These key areas are minimum age limits and entry list sizes for each series, alongside projects in development concerning improvements in rider equipment and rider communication.

Entry list sizes and age limits:

In coming seasons, the number of competitors on track in each series will be limited as outlined below. In addition, new age limits for each class, series or Championship will come into force. These age limits will be introduced as part of a policy to be implemented worldwide, with the FIM committed to ensuring they are also adhered to by National Federations and Continental Unions, to make a discernible difference to the sport at every level.

Raising the minimum age for each category of motorcycle racing is a decision taken in order to ensure a safer pathway for all riders beginning and continuing their careers.

In addition, increasing the age limit for certain categories will enable greater parity between different countries and continents, helping to increase accessibility by levelling the playing field and ensuring each rider is able to gain similar experience in different categories around the world.

From 2022:
The Talent Cups, which are organised and/or supported by Dorna, such as the European, British, Northern and Asia Talent Cups, as well as pre-Moto3™ series, will raise the minimum age to 13 and there will be a maximum of 30 competitors on each grid.

The minimum age for competitors in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup will be raised to 14.

The FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship in the FIM CEV Repsol will see the minimum age limit raised from 14 to 15. A maximum of 32 competitors will be permitted in each race.

In the WorldSSP300 class in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, the minimum age limit will be raised from 15 to 16. A maximum of 32 riders will be allowed to line up on the grid.

For the 2022 season, there will be an exception granted for riders who have already entered in the same class in 2021 to allow them to continue to race.

For 2023 and thereafter, the proposal is to raise age limits further as follows:

A minimum age of 14 should be applied to all racing at any Grand Prix-type circuits, including all those that have or have had Grade A, B or C homologation, which will include the Asia, British, European and Northern Talent Cups.

The minimum age for competitors in any class in the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship will be raised to 18. This includes for Moto3 and Moto2, for which the age limit is currently 16.

The winner of the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship and/or the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup will be allowed to join Moto3 at 17 years of age. For the 2023 season only, there will also be an exception granted for riders who have already entered Moto3 in 2022 to allow them to continue to race.

The FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship and the Moto2 European Championship, both in the FIM CEV Repsol, will have a minimum age limit of 16. The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup will also increase the minimum age by one more year to 15.

With the same philosophy as that applied in 2022 (for riders who have already competed in 2021), an exception will be granted to riders already participating in the Talent Cups in 2022 to allow them to continue to race in the same class in 2023.

The minimum age for competitors in the WorldSSP Championship will be raised to 18.

Rider equipment:

From 2022, airbags will be compulsory in all Sprint Circuit Racing FIM championships.

For the FIM Sidecar World Championship, tests are underway to determine whether the known algorithms are valid for passengers. These tests will make it possible to know whether the airbag can be used by all participants from 2022.

Rider safety equipment has improved significantly throughout the decades and continues to do so thanks to improvements across the industry, from leathers, gloves, back and chest protectors and boots to FIM homologated helmets and innovative airbag systems. It has never been safer to ride a motorcycle at speed and these improvements help to protect a rider from injury, in many instances helping to save lives whilst not compromising rideability, which is also intrinsic to on-track safety.

A first meeting took place at the Aragon GP between all partners, including leather and helmet suppliers, technical staff and medical personnel, on the next step towards improving the level of protection afforded by rider equipment, with increased focus on protecting competitors against an impact from another rider or motorcycle, particularly the chest and neck.

All parties are committed to making improvements in these areas and meeting this challenge as safely and as quickly as possible whilst ensuring the high level of current protection is not compromised.

Rider communication:

The ease and speed of communication between riders, pit wall and Race Direction has improved significantly in recent years, with dashboard technology, high-tech light panels at circuits and instant channels of communication between marshal posts and Race Direction all contributing to a safer environment for all competitors.

The next step to increase the safety of all those on track will focus on communicating to a rider or bike that a crash has taken place ahead as soon as possible.

A first meeting between all partners and technical suppliers has already taken place in order to discuss the installation and implementation of the required technology in rider equipment, on motorcycles and/or around each circuit, the aim of which is to implement automatic, near-instant warning systems for all following riders/motorcycles. The first tests will start as soon as the beginning of the 2022 season, and the system must and will be applicable to Championships of all levels, including Talent Cups.

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Yamaha Satellite MotoGP Team Finalized: Petronas Becomes RNF, Signs Darryn Binder

The Petronas Saga is nearing its end. On Thursday, Yamaha announced that from 2022, the RNF team led by Razlan Razali will be taking over as satellite Yamaha squad, and fielding as riders Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder. The RNF Team has a contract with Yamaha for 2022, with an option to continue for two more seasons in 2023 and 2024. Binder has a contract for 2022, with an option for 2023.

This is the end point of a process which began at the Red Bull Ring in August, when Petronas announced they would be withdrawing sponsorship from the Petronas SRT team, forcing the team to completely reorganize. That also saw an end to the direct involvement of the Sepang International Circuit with the team, complicating matters even further.

These complications are rumored to have led to a dispute between the two principals involved in the team: Razlan Razali, former CEO of the Sepang International Circuit, and Johan Stigefelt, team owner of the Caterham Moto2 squad. The two had joined forces to allow them to compete in all three Grand Prix classes, but the exit of Petronas caused a power struggle inside the team.

That power struggle was eventually won by Razlan Razali. The Malaysian set up a new company in the United Kingdom to house the new team, RNF Racing Ltd, named using the initials of Razali's children. With that in place, RNF negotiated a new deal to supply MotoGP machinery for the 2022 season and beyond, with the backing of WithU, who have been supporting the Petronas team's MotoE effort, and been a minor sponsor to the team in other classes, as title sponsor. The RNF MotoGP team will retain most of the Petronas Yamaha SRT Team's staff, including team manager Wilco Zeelenberg.

The contract between Yamaha and RNF is surprisingly short term. It is initially for one year, 2022, with an option to renew for the following two seasons. Normally, contracts between teams and manufacturers tend to be three years or more, to ensure continuity and stability for both parties, but with RNF being a new outfit, an option allows both parties to hedge their bets.

One thing which the change of management has not been able to change is the contract Darryn Binder had for 2022 with the SRT team. When the Moto2 team was shut down, the younger Binder brother had a claim on the second MotoGP seat, alongside Andrea Dovizioso. Somewhat surprisingly, the list of candidates eager to take the second Yamaha seat was short, and so the RNF squad are set to go ahead with the 23-year-old South African from 2022, with an option for 2023.

Binder will become the first rider since Jack Miller to make the jump directly from Moto3 to MotoGP. The Australian was taken by Honda directly from Moto3 into MotoGP back in 2015, and put on an Open Class Honda RCV1000R, the bike with lower performance and spec electronics. Miller took a couple of years to adapt to the class, only really making a step forward when he switched to Ducati, despite winning a race in his second season at a soaking wet Assen. Binder faces a less formidable task, given the Yamaha is a much easier and rider-friendly bike than the Honda, making the transition to the MotoGP class less challenging. The Yamaha can be ridden with corner speed, which is key in Moto3, leaving more time to learn the extra skills - especially braking and lifting the bike up to get drive out of corners - needed to succeed in MotoGP.

The signing of Binder completes Yamaha's MotoGP line up for 2022, but raises questions about the future. There have been strong rumors linking Pata Yamaha rider and WorldSBK championship leader Toprak Razgatlioglu to a ride in MotoGP, but sources in WorldSBK say that the Turkish rider is keen to focus on the production championship, and win multiple titles there before making the move over to MotoGP. Razgatlioglu is unlikely to switch to MotoGP before 2024.

Then there is Raul Fernandez. Yamaha made a big push for the Spanish youngster, after one of the most impressive rookie seasons in Moto2 since Marc Marquez. Their attempts to poach him from KTM caused KTM CEO Stefan Pierer to prematurely announce that Fernandez would be going to MotoGP, issuing a press release in the middle of a free practice session, rather than waiting until the Monday after the Styrian Grand Prix, when the announcement would have made more impact. Yamaha are believed to still be interested in Fernandez, while Fernandez has made no secret of his frustration with the situation, feeling that he has been press-ganged into the Tech3 KTM squad, despite having full factory backing and support. All the signs point to Fernandez defecting to Yamaha at the earliest opportunity, putting pressure on Franco Morbidelli to perform in the factory team.

The press releases appear below:


YAMAHA MOTOR COMPANY AND RNF MOTOGP TEAM SIGN AGREEMENT FOR 2022

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and RNF Racing Ltd. signed a one-year deal for the supply of YZR-M1 bikes to the newly branded RNF MotoGP Team in 2022, with options to extend the partnership for 2023 and 2024.

Misano Adriatico (Italy), 21st October 2021

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is pleased to confirm the signing of an agreement with RNF Racing Ltd. The freshly branded RNF MotoGP Team is set for a new era as part of the Yamaha line-up in 2022 and possibly 2023 and 2024.

Sepang Racing Team is rebranded RNF MotoGP Team, with former CEO of Sepang International Circuit and Team Principal Razlan Razali remaining at the helm. The team has signed a five-year deal with IRTA that sees the remodelled set-up continue participating as an Independent Team in the premier class of the FIM MotoGP World Championship until 2026.

The signed agreement between Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and RNF Racing Ltd. foresees the satellite team leasing Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycles for 2022, with the option to extend the partnership for the 2023 and 2024 FIM MotoGP World Championship seasons.

LIN JARVIS
MANAGING DIRECTOR, YAMAHA MOTOR RACING

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with the now rebranded RNF MotoGP Team. When Razlan Razali and the Sepang Racing Team embarked on their MotoGP adventure at the end of 2018 and the start of 2019, nobody could have expected how they would take the premier class by storm. The impressive 2019 season and exceptional 2020 season results underline the professionalism and quality of this team that will soon be renamed RNF MotoGP Team.

"The core DNA of this team remains, so we are confident to continue with them as our official supported satellite team. Moreover, Yamaha has always been clear that it wants to continue to have four bikes in total on the MotoGP grid: two bikes in the Factory Team and two bikes in the Independent team.

"We will do our best to support the newly founded RNF Racing Ltd. to achieve their goals and to provide the stepping stone for future talents to enter into the world of Yamaha in MotoGP."

RAZLAN RAZALI
FOUNDER & TEAM PRINCIPAL, RNF RACING LTD

“We have today reached a historical milestone for the new RNF MotoGP Team. I would like to thank Yamaha for the trust and confidence given to me and the team for the upcoming season despite the changes that happened this year.

"The achievements that we have shared together in the first three years of our partnership with wins, podiums, pole positions, and awards has been memorable and motivates us towards greater heights.

"We have the experience from our past successes, supported by the same strong and passionate crew from our MotoGP garage, with a solid rider line-up, so we are set for a competitive comeback with Yamaha for the 2022 season."


DARRYN BINDER JOINS RNF MOTOGP TEAM RIDER LINE-UP FOR 2022

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is delighted to announce that Moto3 talent Darryn Binder will be joining Andrea Dovizioso in the rebranded RNF MotoGP Team. The South African will race for Yamaha‘s satellite team in 2022 with an option to stay on for the 2023 MotoGP season.

Misano Adriatico (Italy), 21st October 2021

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the signing of Moto3 talent Darryn Binder. He will be joining Yamaha‘s rebranded RNF MotoGP Team‘s rider line-up for the 2022 MotoGP season, with an option to stay on for 2023.

Following two years of riding in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, the South African started his full-time Moto3 class career in 2015. That year Binder became a well-known name thanks to his brother (Brad Binder) who went on to become the 2016 Moto3 Champion. However, Darryn has since long proven that he is an exceptional racing talent in his own right. Known for his hard racing and making use of any and every available gap during a race, the 23-year-old has ridden to six Moto3 podiums so far, including a win at the 2020 Catalan GP.

Furthermore, Darryn Binder‘s eagerness, feistiness, and seven Moto3 seasons of experience make him a perfect teammate for the vastly experienced Andrea Dovizioso, as the rebranded RNF MotoGP Team start their new and exciting chapter.

LIN JARVIS
MANAGING DIRECTOR, YAMAHA MOTOR RACING

“I want to give a warm welcome to Darryn. We are delighted that he is joining the Yamaha line-up next year. We‘ve had many conversations about who would be a good match for the new RNF MotoGP Team set-up. It‘s a fresh start for the Yamaha satellite team and that makes it all the more fitting to have a young and eager rider like Darryn join them, as Fabio and Franky did before him.

“For Yamaha the primary mission of the satellite team is developing future MotoGP talents. Darryn has already shown on numerous occasions what he‘s made of in the Moto3 class. We know he is a fast and determined rider who has got what it takes to battle at the front of the pack. Obviously, the step up to MotoGP is significant and will take some adjusting, but we feel that he‘s ready, and Yamaha and the RNF MotoGP Team will fully support him for this new and exciting challenge.”

DARRYN BINDER
RNF MOTOGP TEAM RIDER

“I‘m extremely grateful for this opportunity, as it has been a lifelong dream to race in the MotoGP category. I definitely didn‘t expect to make the jump straight from Moto3 to the highest class, but I do believe I‘m up for the challenge, and I‘m ready to put in all the hard work for 2022.

“My target at the beginning will be just to find my feet in the big class and learn as much as possible to get stronger and stronger throughout my rookie season.

“I would like to say a really big ’Thank you‘ to Yamaha and the RNF MotoGP Team for everything they have done to make this possible as well as everyone who has been involved in getting me to this point.

“I‘m now just looking forward to riding the Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time at the end of this season.”

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Energica To Stop As MotoE Bike Supplier At End Of 2022 - Big Changes On The Horizon

Energica is to withdraw as official manufacturer motorcycles for the MotoE class at the end of the 2022 season. After four years, MotoE will see something other than the Energica Ego Corsa machine being raced.

The MotoE class has been a qualified success since the class started back in 2019. It got off to a troubled start - a fire at the final test of 2019 at Jerez saw the entire fleet of Energica machines destroyed, causing the start of the inaugural season to be delayed until early July, to give Energica enough time to build replacement machines.

There were concerns about how the class would be received by fans, the motorcycle industry being notoriously conservative. But after some mild initial skepticism, the series has been embraced, the short (7-10 lap) races producing exciting and intense battles. The 2021 season finale at Misano 1 generated the controversy and excitement needed to raise the profile of the series, with Jordi Torres taking the title after a last-lap clash with Dominique Aegerter, the Swiss rider making a final desperate lunge into the hairpin at the end of the back straight and taking both riders down.

That was very much the objective of the class. To introduce the concept of racing electric motorcycles to fans, to get them to accept and understand it, and to get them excited about the prospect. That goal has been achieved.

The goal of creating close, competitive racing is why the series was not opened up to competition between manufacturers from the start. That had been attempted at the TT Zero on the Isle of Man, and produced runaway victories for the Mugen riders. The performance disparity between the various bikes was simply too great.

That is unlikely to change until the major motorcycle manufacturers start producing electric motorcycles in sizable quantities and in power outputs equivalent to the current crop of large capacity road bikes. So far, movement on that front has been slow, despite companies like KTM and Yamaha venturing into electric offroad bikes and scooters.

Which means that the replacement for Energica will not be any form of open competition. Instead, another company will be brought in as single supplier.

Who that is is an intriguing prospect. While there are a number of small-scale builders of electric motorcycles, the challenges of providing the logistical and engineering support for an 18-bike race series are beyond the means of most of them. Any manufacturer wishing to supply MotoE will face many challenges, in terms of scale of production, and support for the 18 riders and teams on the grid. That requires a level of staffing which most small electric bike manufacturers do not possess.

Could Energica be replaced by a major or medium-sized manufacturer? That is an intriguing possibility. We will not have long to wait to find out. The cycle of press releases in such instances means there is usually just a few days before the old supplier announcing they are leaving, and a new supplier being announced. Misano, the scene of the finale of the 2021 MotoE season, would seem a fitting occasion for such an announcement.

The press release from Dorna appears below:


Energica to conclude era as single MotoE™ manufacturer after 2022

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Dorna Sports can now announce the departure of Energica Motor Company as the single manufacturer for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, with 2022 confirmed as the marque’s final season.

Energica has been the sole supplier to MotoE™ since the Cup’s inception in 2019, with 2022 now set to mark the last chapter of a four-year journey full of evolution, excitement and adrenaline. Energica has been a key part of making MotoE™ a must-watch showcase for both electric mobility and close competition, with the Cup racing at some of the world’s most iconic circuits.

The Energica Ego Corsa has proved to be fast, extremely reliable and well-appreciated by the riders who have taken part in the Cup, and will doubtless continue to impress next season before the collaboration between Energica and MotoE™ then concludes. The work done both at the track and at company headquarters has seen constant innovation and new solutions drive MotoE™ to the incredible level it is at now, with Energica showing an ability to react quickly to challenges and different technical requests in record time. The joint effort between all parties has been key developing a competition that will now move into a new era built on a foundation all involved can take immense pride in having constructed together.

Dorna Sports would like to thank Energica for their immeasurable contribution to the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup and wishes the company the best of success in their future endeavours after 2022.

Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company: "We are extremely happy at Energica to have provided our invaluable contribution to make MotoE the success it is today. We’re confident that our initiative and efforts have generated plenty of interest from the big OEMs to follow the path we started a decade ago. Being pioneers of electric mobility on two wheels, we have opened up the way to a whole new strata of sustainable and exciting motorcycle racing and – as we have always done – we now aim at testing ourselves with new challenges. This is why we are looking forward to the next big thing to come! We would like to thank Dorna Sports for the great opportunity to showcase our technology and we are looking forward to wrapping up our journey together in style."

Nicolas Goubert, Executive Director of the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup: "The first three seasons of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup have delivered an incredible show despite all the unforeseen external challenges that have been thrown at us. It wasn’t an easy task to undertake and one very new in many aspects, but we did it and this was thanks to a joint effort between all parties involved. From the very beginning, Energica has brought its know-how to the track in a way we couldn’t be happier with, delivering a package that has proved to be extremely competitive, showing impressive maximum speed (exceeding 260km/h in Barcelona in 2021), and lap-times that on some occasion were in line with other classes – despite the much shorter history of electric motorcycles.

"Maybe even more impressive than the on-track performance was the bike reliability, as none of the 18 riders ever encountered any mechanical failure during any of the races we enjoyed in the three seasons. Their ability to respond quickly and effectively to our requests and the ones coming from the riders and teams are proof of all the expertise and passion they brought to the series. All sides are committed to continuing giving their maximum effort into 2022, for what will be another spectacular year of racing. I would really like to thank Energica for the quality of their innovative products and their engagement in the MotoE series."

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2022 Provisional MotoGP Calendar Released: 21 Races In 35 Weeks

The 2022 MotoGP calendar will feature a total of 21 races, starting in Qatar on March 6th and finishing exactly 8 months later in Valencia. The 2022 calendar sees further expansion of the number of races, as Dorna add new circuits and new countries to the schedule. For the Kymiring in Finland, that had originally been planned for 2020, but the pandemic put paid to that happening, either in 2020 or 2021. And the Mandalika Resort circuit on Lombok in Indonesia had been added to 2021 as a reserve circuit, but will now be raced on at the start of next season.

The season kicks off in Qatar with the traditional night race at the Losail International Circuit. From there, MotoGP heads to Indonesia, and the new track at Mandalika. It will be their second visit, after a test at the track to be held in February. From Indonesia, the paddock heads west (though freight may head east) to Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina, which sees a return after the pandemic and a fire which destroyed part of the pit complex.

A week later, MotoGP returns to Texas, and the Circuit of The Americas in Austin. That is still subject to the circuit being resurfaced, though recent rumor suggests that the track has agreed to tackle Turns 2 through 10, the minimum required by the Safety Commission.

The Grand Prix paddock returns to Europe after the race in Texas, but in a change to the normal schedule, MotoGP will head to Portimão rather than Jerez. The race in Portugal will take place a week before the first race in Spain, which has been the start of the European leg for the past 14 seasons.

After Jerez, there follows the familiar schedule: from Le Mans to Mugello to Barcelona, with the Italian and Catalunya Grand Prix happening on consecutive weekends. Then to Germany for the Sachsenring, followed by another back-to-back with the Dutch TT at Assen. Two weeks after Assen, the paddock assembles at the Kymiring in Finland.

The summer break is four weeks - three weekends without racing - before another change: MotoGP heads to Silverstone three weeks earlier than usual, with the British Grand Prix taking place on August 7th. After the UK, it's off to the Red Bull Ring in Austria, and then Misano in Italy.

Two weeks after that comes a grueling triple header: starting at the Motorland Aragon circuit on September 18th, the paddock flies to Japan for the race in Motegi on September 25th, before coming west again to Buriram for the Grand Prix of Thailand on October 2nd. The paddock gets a week off, before another overseas double-header, the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island being followed by the Malaysian GP at Sepang. The season finishes as usual at Valencia, in Spain.

That is the plan, at least. As we have discovered over the past couple of years, reality has a nasty habit of interfering with the best laid plans of mice and men. The schedule is subject to change should disease, war, tsunamis, or volcanoes interrupt.

The provisional 2022 calendar appears below:

Date Grand prix Circuit
6 March Qatar* Losail International Circuit
20 March Indonesia** Mandalika International Street Circuit
3 April República Argentina Termas de Río Hondo
10 April Americas Circuit of the Americas
24 April Portugal Algarve International Circuit
01 May Spain Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto
15 May France Le Mans
29 May Italy Autodromo del Mugello
5 June Catalunya Barcelona - Catalunya
19 June Germany Sachsenring
26 June Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
10 July Finland** KymiRing
7 August Great Britain Silverstone
21 August Austria Red Bull Ring-Spielberg
4 September San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
18 September Teruel MotorLand Aragón
25 September Japan Twin Ring Motegi
2 October Thailand Chang International Circuit
16 October Australia Philip Island
23 October Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
06 November Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo

* Evening Race
** Subject to Homologation

All dates, events and the attendance of spectators are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the approval of the corresponding Governments and authorities.

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Deniz Öncü Banned For Two Races For Causing Crash In Restarted Moto3 Race

Red Bull KTM Tech3 Moto3 rider Deniz Öncü has been banned for two races, for causing a crash in the restarted Moto3 race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Öncü moved to the left as the pack headed down the straight on the third lap of the restarted Moto3 race, clipping the front wheel of Jeremy Alcoba's Honda, causing Alcoba to crash at high speed, being hit by Andrea Migno and Pedro Acosta. Miraculously, given the speed at which the crash happened, nobody was injured, but the crash was serious enough to bring out the red flags.

The FIM Stewards took a very serious view of Öncü's riding, which went directly against the instructions issued at the start of the weekend. They also regarded it as a deliberate move to try to block Alcoba, which deserved extra punishment. For that reason, they decided to impose a ban of two races, suspending Öncü for the Misano 2 and Portimão races.

The FIM Stewards have been trying to clamp down on bad behavior, especially in the Moto3 class, in light of the spate of deaths which have happened this year. The Stewards have tried a range of penalties to try to discourage dangerous riding, especially during practice and qualifying, but this is the most severe penalty handed out in some time. Whether it will be effective in dissuading Öncü and other Moto3 riders from indulging in dangerous riding, only time will tell.

 

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