Andrea Dovizioso will make his comeback to MotoGP with Petronas SRT, while Franco Morbidelli is promoted to Monster Energy Yamaha from San Marino GP.
After Maverick Vinales’ exit from the factory Yamaha team, they have had to find a replacement for the Spaniard. Cal Crutchlow rides the bike this weekend at Silverstone, but it all will change during the next race weekend at San Marino GP.
Yamaha team principal Lin Jarvis has confirmed during the British GP that current Petronas SRT rider Morbidelli will become Fabio Quartararo’s teammate once again starting from the race weekend at Misano until the rest of the season as well as will join the team for the 2022 season.
“The opportunity is for Franky to grade up. Obviously, Franky’s been on our radar for a while now and this is now his third year, albeit it’s been a difficult year,” Jarvis told BT Sport.
“But this opportunity will give him the upgrade ahead of schedule to move him up to the factory team.
“We’ve got a clear plan in place with his management for him to do that, so he’ll be a factory rider in 2022.
“And with that in mind and with this weird situation this year, we’ll upgrade him this season as well. So, when Franky comes back, the intention is he will be in the factory team.”
At the same time, Morbidelli himself will be replaced by Dovizioso, who will make his return to the sport after a sabbatical. Jarvis has also reported that they have reached a verbal agreement.
“We’ve agreed here [the contract] this weekend with Andrea and his management,” he added.
“It’s not signed off yet, but I don’t really believe there’s any obstacles to get that done.
“So, what we’re working on now is Andrea will return at Misano, and then he will run this season on Franky’s bike and then run a full season next year.”
Morbidelli has missed a couple of races due to injury, so he is currently 16th in the standings with 40 points scored with the best result of 3rd at the Spanish GP. Dovizioso is looking to come back to good form after a difficult 2020 campaign, where he finished 4th with 135 points in the tally.