The domino effect triggered by the termination of the contract between Maverick Vinales and the Yamaha at the end of 2021 instead of 2022 the waters of the MotoGP riders market are continuing to shake. In fact, Yamaha has not yet announced who will be the heir to the Spaniard whose future has yet to be written. In fact, Aprilia, Suzuki and Ducati are on the trail of Vinales and so far the summer break has not coincided with significant accelerations in the negotiations.
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Yamaha would have in Franco Morbidelli an ideal candidate to recompose together with Fabio Quartararo the couple who did so much well within the Petronas team in the two-year period 2019-2020. In 2020, in particular, both have achieved three wins each with Morbidelli who finished in second position in the world championship behind Joan Mir. The Italian rider also has Ramon Forcada as chief technician, who in the event of Morbidelli’s promotion would return home to the Yamaha factory team after his ‘loan’ to Petronas.
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Razlan Razali, owner of the Petronas sponsored Sepang Racing Team, said he will not oppose a move by Morbidelli to the factory Yamaha team even though he has a contract that binds Morbidelli to Petronas until 2022. “It is a natural path as well as his dream and we could not deny him this possibility. He asked us and we have already given him the green light, now it’s a discussion between Yamaha and VR46 “, the words of Razali reported by the British newspaper MCN. Also the future of Valentino Rossi it seems far from the MotoGP or, in any case, far from the Petronas team. The Malaysian team, therefore, if Morbidelli were to move to the factory team, would start from scratch in 2022 with a new pair of riders yet to be defined. The trio protagonist in Superbike – Jonathan Rea, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Garrett Gerloff – is no longer an option after the denials of those directly involved or of Razali himself in the case of Rea.