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The 2019 MotoGP Grid Is Now Nearly Complete

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The 2019 MotoGP grid is now as good as complete. Today, the Reale Avintia squad announced they have signed a two-year contract with Karel Abraham which will see him racing a Ducati for the team for the next two seasons.

The announcement had been widely expected. Xavier Simeon has not lived up to expectations and failed to adapt to MotoGP, and Avintia were looking for a replacement. Abraham had been left without a team after the Aspar / Angel Nieto Team passed their grid slots to the Petronas Yamaha team, which had already signed riders for the coming season. Abraham needed a team, and Avintia needed a rider who could bring money, to replace the money lost when Simeon departed.

Though formally, there are two seats still officially without a contracted rider – the second Reale Avintia seat, and the second LCR Honda seat – those rides are already taken. Tito Rabat will stay on for another year at Avintia, once he returns from his serious injury picked up at Silverstone, and Taka Nakagami will extend his contract with LCR Honda.







All that is needed is the official confirmation.

2019 MotoGP Rider Lineup:

Rider Bike Contract through
Movistar Yamaha
Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2020
Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 2020
 
Repsol Honda
Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2020
Jorge Lorenzo Honda RC213V 2020
 
Ecstar Suzuki
Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2020
Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 2020
 
Gresini Aprilia
Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2020
Andrea Iannone Aprilia RS-GP 2020
 
KTM Factory
Johann Zarco KTM RC16 2020
Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2020
 
Factory Ducati
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP19 2020
Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 2019
 
Pramac Ducati
Pecco Bagnaia Ducati GP19? 2020
Jack Miller Ducati GP19 2019
 
LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2020
Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 2019?
 
Tech3 KTM
Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 2019
Hafizh Syahrin KTM RC16 2019
 
Petronas SIC Yamaha
Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 (factory) 2019
Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 (satellite) 2019
 
Avintia Ducati
Karel Abraham Ducati GP18 2020
Tito Rabat Ducati GP18 2019?






David Emmett

One of MotoGP's most respected journalists, David Emmett is the proprietor of the esteemed MotoMatters. We are very grateful to republish David's work here on A&R...though dread the day we ever again get in a car with him.

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