KTM has officially confirmed that Raul Fernandez will be moving up to MotoGP in 2022, racing for the Tech3 KTM team. The Spaniard has been rewarded for a sensational rookie campaign in Moto2 with a promotion to MotoGP.
That Fernandez would move up to MotoGP was an open secret. The only question was the timing of the announcement. But KTM had to fight to keep the Spaniard, after Yamaha had attempted to poach him for the Petronas team.
With Fernandez joining current Moto2 Ajo teammate Remy Gardner in Tech3, the current line up of Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona are set to lose their places in MotoGP.
Lecuona has been linked to a move back to Moto2, while Petrucci is widely tipped to move to the WorldSBK series, where he could make a return to Ducati.
Fernandez’ signing, confirmation this morning that Franco Morbidelli will be moving up to the factory Yamaha team, and Maverick Viñales widely tipped to go to Aprilia means there are three seats still left open in MotoGP for 2022.
There are two seats vacant at Petronas Yamaha, though one of them could be occupied by Marco Bezzecchi, and one seat at the new VR46 team alongside Luca Marini.
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