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2020 MotoGP Rider Line-up in full

The 2020 MotoGP rider line-up is now set with the confirmation Iker Lecuona is stepping up from Moto2 with the Tech 3 KTM team

We could have had Jorge Lorenzo at Ducati again, Johann Zarco is no longer a racing factor in 2020 (for now) and there’s been a last-minute inter-team shuffle but the 2020 MotoGP World Championship grid has now been set.

KTM was the final team to officially confirm its 2020 MotoGP riders but even we were surprised to see it change the entire make up of its line-up by promoting Brad Binder into the factory team, leaving a spot for rookie Iker Lecuona to rise into his place.

That’s not to say there won’t be more changes to grid before we kick off again in Qatar in March 2020, but for now we have our 22 riders locked down.

What’s new on the 2020 MotoGP grid?

In all honesty, not a lot!

We’re in the midst of the typical two-year MotoGP contract cycle so many of the riders that started the season were already set to do so in 2020, barring any changes of heart – stand up, Johann Zarco.

Indeed, KTM were already the sole team to actually change its rider line-up after confirming its Moto2 protégé Binder would rise into the satellite Tech 3 Racing set up alongside Oliveira. 

However, things changed in the wake of Zarco’s decision to leave KTM prematurely at the end of the 2019 season, though the manufacturer went and accelerated that by disposing of him in September.

As such, KTM will give Binder his factory ride for the 2020 MotoGP season – at the expense of a disgruntled Miguel Oliveira – with Lecuona getting the surprise nod to move into MotoGP at Tech 3, replacing Hafizh Syahrin.

Elsewhere, it is ‘as you were’ though Pecco Bagnaia will be granted a 2020-specification Ducati having run a year-old machine in 2019, while Fabio Quartararo is almost certainly going to be given the same specification Yamaha M1s ridden by Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales following his stunning rookie season.

One minor ‘TBC’ is Avintia Racing, which hinted is getting newer specification machinery in 2020 – suggesting a change of manufacturer – but this has since gone quiet, which means they could have meant it’ll be 2019 Ducatis for them having run a hybrid of year-old and two-year old bikes in this year.

As for other question marks, Lorenzo’s future is perennially unclear and many are witnessing Zarco’s turn on the LCR Honda as a potentially decisive moment in whether he will start the season with Repsol Honda. Contracts are contracts, but if anyone can get himself out of one, it’s Lorenzo…

2020 MotoGP Grid in full




2020 MotoGP Rider Line-up [FINAL]
Repsol HondaMarc MarquezJorge Lorenzo
Ducati CorseAndrea DoviziosoDanilo Petrucci
Yamaha FactoryValentino RossiMaverick Vinales
Suzuki EcstarAlex RinsJoan Mir
KTM FactoryPol EspargaroBrad Binder *
Aprilia Gresini RacingAleix EspargaroAndrea Iannone
Petronas SRT YamahaFabio QuartararoFranco Morbidelli
LCR HondaCal CrutchlowTakaaki Nakagami
Pramac DucatiJack MillerFrancesco Bagnaia
Tech 3 Racing KTMMiguel OliveiraIker Lecuona *
Avinitia Racing DucatiKarel AbrahamTito Rabat

* Rookie

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