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:
|Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||2020|
|Maverick Viñales||Yamaha M1||2020|
|Marc Márquez||Honda RC213V||2020|
|Jorge Lorenzo||Honda RC213V||2020|
|Alex Rins||Suzuki GSX-RR||2020|
|Joan Mir||Suzuki GSX-RR||2020|
|Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia RS-GP||2020|
|Andrea Iannone||Aprilia RS-GP||2020|
|Johann Zarco||KTM RC16||2020|
|Pol Espargaro||KTM RC16||2020|
|Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP19||2020|
|Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP19||2019|
|Pecco Bagnaia||Ducati GP19?||2020|
|Jack Miller||Ducati GP19||2019|
|Cal Crutchlow||Honda RC213V||2020|
|Takaaki Nakagami||Honda RC213V||2019?|
|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|
|Karel Abraham||Ducati GP18||2020|
|Tito Rabat||Ducati GP18||2019?|