Prior to this news, Yamaha was in a bit of a pickle. Following the drama with Maverick Viales and the retirement of living legend Valentino Rossi, Team Blue was down two riders.
Team Blue is doing a bit of a shuffle following the dramatic events that unfolded. Franco Morbidelli, who now races for Sepang Racing Team (SRT), will join the Yamaha Factory team this year in preparation for his 2022 debut. For the Misano leg of the 2021 MotoGP season, Dovizioso will replace Morbidelli with SRT. Dovizioso will make his return to the series with this series. SRT could benefit from the fifteen-time MotoGP race winner.
However, the agreement has not yet been signed. The agreement hasn’t been inked yet, according to our colleagues at Motorsport.com. Lin Jarvis, Yamaha Factory Racing’s principal, stated in an interview with BT Sport during the British Grand Prix that “The opportunity is for Franky [Franco Morbidelli] to grade up.”
Jarvis further elaborates that “obviously, Franky’s been on our radar for a while now and this is now his third year, albeit it’s been a difficult year.”
“We’ve got a clear plan in place with his management for him to do that, so he’ll be a factory rider in 2022.”
“And with that in mind and with this weird situation this year, we’ll upgrade him this season as well. So, when Franky comes back, the intention is he will be in the factory team.”
Now, when it comes to Dovizioso joining SRT in 2022, Jarvis stated that the deal “is still not signed off yet,” but that there are no obstacles in the way of the deal going through.
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