How Ducati has been left behind in the MotoGP rider market

As Yamaha and Suzuki look to the future and plan to curtail Honda’s dominance, Ducati’s options are limited to what it already has

In the three days between 28 and 30 January 2020, Yamaha banged its metaphorical fist on the table with a series of major announcements designed to shake up the MotoGP status quo.

First came the unexpected news of a contract renewal for Maverick Vinales, swiftly followed by Petronas SRT rider Fabio Quartararo’s promotion to the factory team in place of Valentino Rossi in 2021. The third and final shockwave from Japan was the announcement of three-time series champion Jorge Lorenzo as test rider.

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