The Factory Yamaha team will also consist of Quartararo and Morbidelli in 2023. Dovi’s and Binder’s places rock on the WithU customer team. Yamaha’s race director, Lynne Jarvis, spoke to several of the candidates.
Fabio Quartararo and teammate Franco Morbidelli will continue to form the Monster Yamaha factory team in 2023 after Yamaha and Quartararo manager Eric Mahe agreed a new two-year deal at Jerez GP eight days ago. Lynne Jarvis, managing director of Yamaha Motor Racing, is now seeking to renew Razlan Razali’s one-year contract with the WithU-RNF customer team.
Once this collaboration is concluded again, together we will be looking even more intensively for the right riders for the 2023 MotoGP season. Rookie Darren Bender’s performance will be closely watched for a few races; So far, the 23-year-old South African has accomplished their relationship with great respect.
In fact, the RNF makes up the small Yamaha team. 36-year-old Andrea Dovizioso does not ideally fit into this concept. But when Rossi left, Vinales went to Aprilia, Superbike world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu stayed at SBK for another year, Moto2 runner-up Raul Fernandez agreed with KTM for a place on the Tech3-KTM team and sponsor WithU also got the wish of an Italian rider, the choice fell on Duffy, Vice MotoGP World Champion three times.
Raul Fernandez will be welcome at WithU-Yamaha 2023, as will Toprak Razgatlioglu. Lynne Jarvis admits he called a number of other riders, including four-time MotoGP winner Miguel Oliveira, but the Portuguese was essentially a candidate for the factory team if Quartararo left the team.
“I spoke to Paolo Oliveira, Miguel’s father, this spring,” Lynne Jarvis told SPEEDWEEK.com. “But I should mention that I’ve spoken to pretty much every driver manager recently. It’s part of my job. I want to know what’s going on in the driver market. For example, I need to know what’s planned at Honda, whether they part with the A driver and they are going after one of our drivers. I was also concerned about the condition of the Suzuki drivers before the team announced their planned retirement at the end of the season a week ago. I spoke to all the managers except for the four HRC drivers and two others. I now know very well what is happening in the market. Because the managers are people we know” .
Of course, Len Jarvis is also in close contact with the VR46 Riders Academy, especially since the 2022 VR46 squad also runs the Yamaha Master Camp Moto2 Team on Yamaha’s behalf. Additionally, Yamaha has already signed Franco Morbidelli of the VR46 Academy.
That’s why awesome Moto2 World Championship leader Celestino Vietti plays a natural when it comes to filling for the WithU-RNF team. Because, firstly, he is already a monster stepdaughter, and secondly, he would fit perfectly into the ideas of the WithU shepherd – because he is Italian.
“Vity could become a problem. But I think the Mooney VR46 team could also consider it,” said Lynne Jarvis. “I don’t know if they have a place on the team for it. Since they have Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi, it can be difficult for the VR46 to find a place for Vietti. He is definitely one of the interesting drivers.”
It remains to be seen if world champion Superbike Toprak Razgatlioglu can make friends with a place on the WithU Yamaha team.
Jarvis: “Toprak will test the MotoGP Yamaha motorcycle for the first time in June. I think this will happen in Aragon. We have no place for him in the factory team. He has to try the bike first, then we’ll see what his performance and speed will be. Then, if he’s motivated to get into MotoGP, we can give him the best possible spot for us, which would be in the RNF. If he decides against it, there are two options. Either he rides the Toprak for another team, or he stays with the Superbikes. It’s up to him to make the decision.”
Jerez Speedway Results (1 May):
1. Pico Bagnaia (1st), Ducati, 25 laps at 41: 00.554 min
2. Fabio Quartararo (Female), Yamaha +0.285 W
3. Alex Espargaro (E), Aprilia, +10.977
4. Marc Marquez (English) Honda +12.676
5. Jack Miller (Australia), Ducati +12.957
6. Joanne Meyer (English), Suzuki +13934
7. Takaaki Nakagami (J), Honda +14.929
8. Enea Bastianini (I), Ducati +18.436
9. Marco Pizzichi (1st), Ducati +18.830
10. Brad Bender (ZA), KTM, +20,056.600
11. Paul Espargaro (E), Honda +20.856
12- Miguel Oliveira (P), KTM +23.131
13. Alex Marquez (English) Honda +25.306
14. Maverick Vinales (English), Aprilia, +27.358
15. Franco Morbidelli (1st), Yamaha +27.519.27.519
16. Luca Marini (1st), Ducati, +29.278
17. Andrea Dovizioso (I), Yamaha +35.204
18. Fabio di Gianantonio (1st), Ducati +35,361
19. Alex Raines (English), Suzuki, +38.922
20. Remy Gardner (Australia), KTM +43.378
21. Lorenzo Savadori (1st), Aprilia +44.299
22. Jorge Martin (English), Ducati, +1: 07,681 min
– Stefan Bradel (D), Honda, 15 laps back
– Johann Zarco (midfield) Ducati 16 laps behind
– Darren Bender (Za), Yamaha, 20 laps reverse
Championship status after 6 of 21 Grand Prix:
1. Quarteraro 89 points. 2 Aleix Espargaró 82 3 Bastianini 69 4 Rins 69 5 Bagnaia 56 6 Mir 56 7 Zarco 51 8 Brad Binder 48 9 Marc Marquez 44 10 Oliveira 43 11 Miller 42nd 12 Pol Espargaró 35 13 Martin 28 14 Viñales 27 15 Nakagami 21 16 Morbidelli 18 17 Alex Marquez 16 18 Bezzecchi 15 19 Marini 14 20 Dovizioso 8 21 Darryn Binder 6th 22nd Gardner 3rd
1. Ducati 131 points. 2. Yamaha 89. 3. Aprilia 83. 4. Suzuki 80. 5. KTM 76. 6. Honda 57.
Team World Cup:
1. Suzuki Xstar 125 points. Aprilia Race 2nd 109 3rd Monster Energy Yamaha 107 4th Ducati Lenovo 98th 5th Red Bull KTM Factory 91st 6th Pramac Racing 79th Repsol Honda 79th 8 Gresini Racing MotoGP 69th 9th LCR Honda 10/37 Mooney VR46 Racing 11/29 WithU Yamaha RNF 14/12 Factory Tech3 KTM 3