Upgrading to MotoGP with KTM, Raul Fernandez Had PDKT to Yamaha


Raul Fernandez will make his debut in the premier class next year with KTM Tech3. Previously, it was widely reported that the former Red Bull KTM Ajo racer would join Yamaha. In fact, Fernandez is said to have approached the manufacturer of the ‘tuning fork’.

Raul Fernandez has become one of the hot commodities in the MotoGP transfer market this season. The Moto2 rider looked impressive and managed to become the runner-up in this season’s competition. MotoGP teams like Yamaha are attracted to his services. Moreover, many Yamaha riders left behind.

Yamaha Managing Director, Lin Jarvis, said that Raul Fernandez really really wanted to join Yamaha. The Spaniard is even rumored to have carried out PDKT (approach) with the Yamaha camp.

Yamaha Managing Director, Lin Jarvis (center) Photo: Getty Images/Mirco Lazzari gp

“He came to us because he wanted to ride a Yamaha. When someone with that talent comes to you, you listen to them. So from the start, we started talking to his manager. We said we were very interested (signing him).” Jarvis said to Moto Revuequoted from MotosanFriday (17/12/2021).

Although Raul Fernandez has publicly stated his intention to join Yamaha, Lin Jarvis still respects KTM. Because after all, the 21-year-old rider is still under contract with the Austrian manufacturer. And because they don’t want to lose their rider, KTM immediately appointed Raul Fernandez to MotoGP to become their satellite team.

“We said the rider should be free, we don’t want to be legally involved with other companies in the same sector, that’s not how we work. So we are very, very clear. I think he (Fernandez) is trying to find a way to terminate his contract at the moment, but in the end it was impossible. He ended up being promoted to MotoGP by KTM, which I don’t think is too bad.”

ASSEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 25: Darryn Binder of South Africa and Petronas Sprinta Racing looks on in box during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Free Practice at TT Circuit Assen on June 25, 2021 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)Darryn Binder Photo: Getty Images/Mirco Lazzari gp

“It’s not only us who suffer from this system created by KTM, but also Suzuki or Ducati,” said Jarvis criticizing the driver recruitment system developed by KTM.

Yamaha itself finally recruited a young rider Darryn Binder who previously competed in the Moto3 class with Petronas Sprinta Racing. Darryn Binder will partner up with senior rider, Andrea Dovizioso, in Yamaha’s new satellite team, RNF MotoGP Racing.