RNF Racing will leave Yamaha and join Aprilia starting MotoGP 2023. The Japanese manufacturer admits that he was surprised by the speed with which the announcement appeared.
This was recognized by the boss of Yamaha MotoGP, Lin Jarvis. The reason is that the move was reported when RNF Racing was in a meeting with Yamaha, to report that they would ‘defect’ to Aprilia next year.
RNF Racing’s contract with Yamaha only remains until MotoGP 2022. The departure of the team from Malaysia means that Yamaha will appear without a satellite team next season.
“Of course this is not an ideal situation. We have always had satellite teams from the past. We have always had more than two motorbikes on the track. When a relationship ends, of course it is never good,” said Jarvis, quoted from the official MotoGP website.
“I was a little surprised at the time of the announcement, because it was reported when we were in a meeting (with RNF), listening to their decision (to move), so it was a little unusual. But we respect that decision and move on.”
“We will field two motorbikes next season, before we always had a satellite team. In fact, every team in the MotoGP paddock has a contract with the manufacturer. At the moment, we have no alternative, but that’s okay for us,” explained Jarvis.
Yamaha admits that it will focus on its two riders next season, but currently only Franco Morbidelli is confirmed to last until 2023. Fabio Quartararo’s contract will end this year, and so far it has not been extended.