2024 rider market: confirmed signings and latest rumours

Here's a full rundown of everything that is happening when it comes to the 2025 MotoGP™ grid

Signed, sealed and delivered

Let’s start with who has been signed, sealed and delivered for 2025. Brad Binder struck a new deal with KTM at the tail end of the 2023 season, which will see the South African remain until 2026 with the Austrian brand. Early in the 2024 season, Ducati tied down the services of defending World Champion Francesco Bagnaia until 2026, while they also secured the future of Moto2™ starlet Fermin Aldeguer.

At Yamaha, 2021 World Champion Fabio Quartararo committed his future to the Iwata factory for a further two years as the Japanese brand continue their rebuilding project. Whilst Honda have both Luca Marini and Johann Zarco locked in until the end of the 2025 season.

At the Italian GP, the Pierer Mobility Group then confirmed star rookie Pedro Acosta would make the jump across from the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 garage to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing box. Then, less than two weeks later, KTM confirmed that Enea Bastianini and Maverick Viñales would be joining the rebranded Red Bull KTM Tech3 squad in 2025, as the Italian and Spaniard make the switch from Ducati and Aprilia. 

Before that, the post-GP Mugello Test saw a bombshell announcement arrive as Aprilia Racing confirmed Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) would join them on a multi-year deal in 2025, replacing the retiring Aleix Espargaro. A huge, first piece of the silly season jigsaw now in place. It didn't take long for another major piece to fall into place, as eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez was announced as a factory Ducati rider just two days later, meaning Enea Bastianini is out of a seat for 2025. 

The rumour mill


Nothing has been confirmed for Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team's Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio, and the same can be said for Franco Morbidelli (Prima Pramac Racing) and Alex Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP™). An intriguing few weeks are coming as we continue learning where riders will be racing in 2025. 


We now know the retiring Aleix Espargaro will be replaced by Martin, with Maverick Viñales now confirmed to be departing the Noale factory too. Now, Aprilia need to decide who they want to partner Martin in the factory setup next season. 

At Trackhouse Racing, Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez’s futures are up in the air as they continue to help bed the American team into MotoGP™. After a strong campaign and victory at Mugello, American Joe Roberts has been linked to one of the Trackhouse seats in 2025, but it's all rumours and talk for now. 


Mugello unearthed the news that it will be Acosta moving up to the factory team alongside Brad Binder, with both Jack Miller's (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Augusto Fernandez's (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3) futures undecided. What we do know is that neither will be racing for KTM next year following the aforementioned news that Bastianini and Viñales are moving across. 


With Quartararo's contract extension sorted, the main focus is whether or not Yamaha will have an Independent Team in 2025. Prima Pramac Racing have been linked to making the jump to Yamaha from Ducati, but nothing is confirmed - in one way or another - for now. That's a big jigsaw piece to keep an eye on. 


Repsol Honda's Luca Marini and Castrol LCR Honda's Johann Zarco both signed contracts in 2023 that extend beyond the current season, both having joined from Ducati over the winter break. That leaves Idemitsu LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami and Repsol Honda's Joan Mir seeking to resolve their futures over the coming weeks.

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