With Quartararo and Vinales easily the two fastest Yamaha riders in 2019, and two of the only riders capable of running world champion Marc Marquez hard at points last year, has Yamaha formed a ‘dream team’? On the latest Tank Slappers podcast, Motorsport.com’s Global MotoGP Editor Oriol Puigdemont joins Autosport Motorcycle Racing Correspondent Lewis Duncan to discuss this very idea. They also look at the decision to move Rossi out of the works team and why this had to happen, and also delve into the impact Jorge Lorenzo’s return to the Yamaha fold as test rider will have going forward.
With all factory contracts up for grabs for the 2021 season, this year’s MotoGP ‘silly season’ is set to be the series’ maddest yet. One of the biggest story arcs in shaping the 2021 grid will be what nine-time grand prix motorcycle racing world champion Valentino Rossi decides to do; will he retire or will he decide to extend his stay in MotoGP. In the first edition of the Tank Slappers podcast in 2020, Autosport’s Motorcycle Racing Correspondent Lewis Duncan is joined by Motorsport.com’s Global MotoGP Editor Oriol Puigdemont to discuss Rossi’s options and as well as Yamaha’s. They also delve into what Ducati needs to do to topple the MotoGP juggernaut of Marc Marquez and Honda, and discuss Aprilia’s current situation with Andrea Iannone, who was hit with an anti-doping ban over the winter.
Johann Zarco's place at the Avintia Ducati squad for the 2020 MotoGP season has been officially confirmed after he revealed last week that the deal was signed. How did he go from saying they are "not a top team" just days before signing for them? On this week's Tank Slappers podcast Lewis and Uri delve into the recent rumours and discuss the real reasons Zarco chose Ducati.
On Monday in Valencia Honda announced it would be partnering Marc Marquez with his Moto2 world champion brother in MotoGP next season.
On Thursday in Valencia, Jorge Lorenzo announced his retirement, with rumours immediately swirling as to who could replace him at the works Honda team.
Sensationally, Alex Marquez emerged as a contender, with Autosport revealing on Friday that a deal was close to being agreed between both parties.
With the news now official, Motorsport.con’s Global MotoGP Editor Oriol Puigdemont and Autosport’s Motorcycle Racing Correspondent Lewis Duncan discuss the move on the latest edition of the Tank Slappers podcast.
Oriol and Lewis also share their fondest memories of Lorenzo’s glittering career, and discuss the rumours linking Johann Zarco – thought to be in line for Lorenzo’s Honda – to the Avintia Ducati team for next year.
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