Fabio Quartararo agrees two-year Yamaha MotoGP for 2023, 2024

Defending MotoGP World Champion Fabio Quartararo will remain with the Yamaha Factory team for the 2023 and 2024 MotoGP seasons

Fabio Quartararo - Yamaha Factory

Yamaha has announced it has agreed a new two-year deal with Fabio Quartararo keeping the 2021 MotoGP World Champion in the team for the 2023 and 2024 MotoGP season.

Quartararo’s new deal sees him confirmed alongside Franco Morbidelli, making Yamaha the second manufacturer to firm up its 2023 MotoGP rider line-up after Aprilia.

It also sees the Frenchman extend his allegiance with Iwata marque having made a headline-grabbing MotoGP debut in 2019 on the satellite Petronas SRT bike, before being chosen to replace Valentino Rossi in the Factory set-up from 2021.

In little more than three seasons, Quartararo nine wins, 24 podiums and 16 pole positions, form that contributed to him securing Yamaha’s first MotoGP World Championship title since Jorge Lorenzo in 2015 last season.

Though concerns about the development direction of the Yamaha M1 raised speculation Quartararo was canvassing options elsewhere for 2023, a new agreement has been expected for some weeks now.

“We are very happy to have reached an agreement with Fabio to continue with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team for 2023 and beyond,” said Yamaha Motor Racing Director Lin Jarvis. 

“We brought Fabio into the Factory team last year knowing he is a special talent, but he even exceeded our expectations. One doesn’t often come across a rider of his calibre. He was already showing his talent and speed in his two years with the SRT satellite team in 2019 and 2020, but when he made the step up to the Factory team, we could really see him growing stronger and maturing as a rider. 

“In Fabio’s first season and a half we’ve booked many successes: 6 race wins, 14 podiums, 6 pole positions, and the 2021 MotoGP World Title. These results have come from a strong team effort from the rider, his crew, our engineers, and all team staff working together with a positive 'can-do' spirit.

“With Fabio we know he will always put in 100% of his best effort, and we have assured him that Yamaha will do the same and we will invest in future developments so that together we can challenge for the MotoGP World Championship Titles for years to come.

After eight rounds of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship season, Quartararo leads Aleix Espargaro by eight points.