The rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for MotoGP 2022
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The rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for MotoGP 2022

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The final pieces of the 2022 rider market have yet to be finalised as Petronas SRT faces several obstacles in replacing the retiring Valentino Rossi and Yamaha factory-bound Franco Morbidelli. SRT’s preferred option has been locked into a KTM deal he doesn’t want, while it’s other target is managed by Rossi himself and wanted at his VR46 team

KTM's blocking of Raul Fernandez and Yamaha's unwillingness to commit to Petronas SRT has meant that no rider has yet been officially confirmed for next season by the Malaysian team.

Nobody could have imagined when SRT's entry into MotoGP for 2019 was presented that the team determined to become the benchmark among the independents would be struggling three years later for riders. The summer holidays are already behind us and it is still looking for riders to defend its colours next year - with Franco Morbidelli considered unlikely to see out the two-year deal he signed last year and replace the outgoing Maverick Vinales at the factory Yamaha team.

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