During this apparent winter break, teams and manufacturers continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes, with Gresini Racing having revealed its MotoGP project. As of 2022 and for a period of five years, the team, headed up by Fausto Gresini, will return as an independent squad having signed an agreement with IRTA. The team will define its plans during 2021, starting with its choice of bike.
Various possibilities are on the horizon, and the two that look most likely relate to Suzuki and Aprilia. Both manufacturers are currently fielding just two bikes and are keen to add another two machines to their respective line-ups in order to be able to collect more data and carry out more comprehensive work. So Gresini Racing might decide to remain with the Italian manufacturer, or take on the challenge with the Japanese giant, the winner of this year’s riders’ title.
Otherwise, they would need to wait and see what the Ducati and Yamaha teams might do, seeing as many contracts are up at the end of the 2021. There is also the matter of Valentino Rossi’s potential new team. We’ll already get a taste of this in 2021, with the arrival of his brother Luca Marini on team Esponsorama (Ducati), which has come to an agreement with Sky Racing Team VR46.
We leave out KTM, as it looks pretty certain that the partnership between the Austrian manufacturer and the Tech 3 team is set to continue, while Honda appears to have found the right balance with the LCR team.
Translated by Heather Watson