The MotoGP paddock is abuzz with the latest shifts and changes. With the Catalunya MotoGP weekend revealing significant decisions, everyone’s looking towards Ducati and its plans for the 2024 rider line-up.
Firstly, Marco Bezzecchi made headlines by opting to stick with Mooney VR46 for the next season. This decision meant Pramac had an open slot, creating ripples of speculation.
- Ducati wants to confirm their 2024 MotoGP rider line-up by next weekend at Misano.
- Marco Bezzecchi has decided to stay with Mooney VR46 next season, leaving a vacant Pramac seat.
- Franco Morbidelli is the most obvious candidate for the vacant Pramac seat.
- Gresini’s Di Giannantonio’s future is also still up in the air, but if he is dropped, that would create another seat available in the team.
- Ducati has a lot of talented riders in their stable, and it will be tough to choose who gets the best bikes.
Now, with an empty Pramac seat beckoning and a potential vacancy at Gresini, all eyes turn to Ducati’s next move. Gigi Dall’Igna, Ducati’s general manager, fueled the anticipation further. He confidently stated they would finalize their decision by the next weekend at Misano. Dall’Igna emphasized that teams would make independent choices regarding their riders, and assuredly hinted that Ducati’s strategy would be clear within a week.
But who’s the talk of the town? Franco Morbidelli. After Yamaha dropped him for 2024, Morbidelli has become a highly sought-after free agent. What adds spice to the rumour mill? Morbidelli himself confirmed negotiations with Ducati. He even hinted at his preference, likely leaning towards the Pramac team. With Pramac offering one of the most competitive bikes on the grid, it’s no surprise.
Fabio di Giannantonio
Meanwhile, Gresini’s Fabio di Giannantonio remains in the spotlight. With his contract ending this season, questions about his future loom large. Will Gresini renew his contract, or will Ducati’s decision impact his career trajectory?
As we approach the Misano weekend, the anticipation is palpable. Morbidelli’s potential move, Di Giannantonio’s uncertain future, and Ducati’s pending announcement promise to make the upcoming race weekend more thrilling than ever.