There’s seen to be many changes to teams and riders in the MotoGP paddock. There has been some new-comers, and some go, following one of the most competitive seasons to date- 2020. Still, there are many familiar faces to be seen and possibly in new colours too.
The MotoGP class is fully stacked and overflowing with talented riders. There have been rookies making way (Brad Binder) and experienced veterans Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow, Tito Rabat, Karel Abraham all make departures of the MotoGP paddock. The continued absence of Andrea Iannone has been due to his ban.
The new, young and hungry riders stepping up to the premier class this year are Jorge Martin, Enea Bastianini, Luca Marini and Lorenzo Salvadori. Salvadori moved from the MotoE championship in 2019 to MotoGP in 2020. He was a test rider and substitute rider for the Aprilia Factory Racing Team and filled in for riders in the MotoGP series in 2020. He is set to take the seat next to Aleix Espargro for the 2021 MotoGP season.
Riders have chopped and changed between teams to add new flavour and excitement to the paddock. We see Fabio Quartararo step up to the Factory Yamaha seat with Valentio Rossi stepping over to the Petronas Yamaha Team. The biggest change up would be the complete swap of riders from the Pramac Ducati Racing team to the Factory Ducati Team. Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia will be suiting up in the Factory Ducati armour to take on the rest of the teams and riders.
The good old days seem to be repeating themself, having both Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira dressed in the Factory KTM colours as team mates once again. Both riders had an unbelievable rookie season with each of them having a race win to their names, Brad taking the first ever MotoGP for KTM and Miguel winning his home race onboard the Tech3 KTM team.
We say a sad but grateful farewell to teams leaving the paddock and at the same time a very pleasing welcome to new members of the MotoGP family. Farewell to the Reale Avintia Racing Team and we welcome Esponsorama Racing to take on the challenge of the 2021 season ahead.
We look forward to seeing all the excitement unfold for another spectacular season in 2021, kicking off at the Grand Prix of Qatar, Losail International Circuit on 28th March 2021.
Words: Gareth Laverick