MotoGP 2022: Who is confirmed and which seats are still up for grabs?

The expanded 24-strong 2022 MotoGP grid is taking shape - but who is staying put, who is changing teams and who will be making their debut?

Start of the 2020 French MotoGP

A flurry of announcements have seen the 2022 MotoGP World Championship grid swell with confirmed faces in confirmed places, leaving only eight seats still formally up for grabs.

With many riders in the midst of two-year contract cycles, the 2022 MotoGP grid will look relatively similar to this year’s one, especially among the factory teams where only two seats from 12 could change.

With Aprilia and Gresini Racing splitting to focus on their own respective projects next season, from 2022 there will be an increased 12 teams and 24 confirmed riders on the grid.

Who is confirmed for the 2022 MotoGP season?

Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda confirmed its 2022 MotoGP rider line-up more than a year ago with two-year deals that pinned down its factory-equipped candidates.

Though its title defence isn’t quite going to plan this year, Suzuki will enter into a fourth season with 2020 MotoGP World Champion Joan Mir and Alex Rins, which will no doubt be a relief for the latter given his torrid start to the year.

Similarly, Honda will have an increased focus on 2022 after what has been a humbling period as it contends with a temperamental RC213V package and a Marc Marquez still recovering from injury. He remains for what will be his tenth season with the manufacturer, with Pol Espargaro alongside him.

Yamaha, meanwhile, keeps hold of Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales, though the latter has raised some doubt with his words at the Catalunya MotoGP that made it clear he’ll be considering alternative options from 2023. This, together with disappointing form in recent races, might make Yamaha consider a change in contract that some speculate may see him swapped out for Franco Morbidelli.

If Yamaha retains the status quo Morbidelli will at least be on a current-specification Petronas SRT prepared Yamaha M1 in 2022.

Following a major overhaul for 2021 that saw take on the (slightly unwitting) role of nurturing its young talent, Ducati has discovered it doesn’t need the ‘big signing’ it was originally targeting to enjoy success, with Jack Miller, Pecco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco proving more than capable of filling that void between them.

Miller and Bagnaia will stay in factory colours for 2021 with Zarco getting another year with Pramac, alongside Jorge Martin, whose pole and podium in only his second race all but sealed his extended stay prior to his time-out through injury. 

KTM will also hold onto its race-winning protege Brad Binder for 2022, while Aprilia has one signed confirmation in Aleix Espargaro, who enters into his sixth - and possibly final - season with the Italian manufacturer, but his first of what will be an in-house effort from next year.

Of the remaining satellite teams, LCR Honda will get another year with Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez, while Tech 3 KTM will give a shot to Moto2 leader Remy Gardner, the son of 1987 500GP World Champion, Wayne Gardner.

Gresini Racing returns as an independent using Ducati machinery and has recently confirmed a rider line-up of rookie Fabio di Giannantonio and 2020 Moto2 champion Enea Bastianini who crosses over from Avintia Racing for 2022.

The available 2022 MotoGP seats and who could fill them

Officially speaking, only KTM and Aprilia have open factory-prepared rides up for grabs though it’s almost certain the former will be committing to Miguel Oliveira for 2022.

The Portuguese rider switched to the Factory team for 2021 following a breakthrough campaign in 2020 that yielded two wins with the satellite Tech 3 outfit. Despite a difficult start to the season, his return to winning ways in Catalunya should make that extended deal a formality now.

Aprilia, meanwhile, has made it very clear it wants to sign 14-time race winner Andrea Dovizioso, who is sat on the sidelines following his contentious split from Ducati. The Italian will partake in his third test with the team this month, after which he is expected to make a final call on whether to return to MotoGP with the Noale firm next year.

However, there is talk he is sensing an opportunity at Yamaha should Valentino Rossi decide to retire at the end of the year. A decision from the nine-time GP World Champion is expected to be communicated in August or September and if he walks Dovizioso would be a big target for Yamaha, even if Petronas SRT itself may prefer to bring on one of its Moto2 riders - Xavi Vierge or Jake Dixon - on board.

With Gardner landing one available berth at Tech 3 KTM, a fight is shaping up for the remaining ride between incumbents Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona. Of the pair Petrucci has been the more competitive, though neither have been able to match the performances of Oliveira in 2021, raising talk KTM could take a punt on bringing its impressive Moto2 rookie Raul Fernandez to the fore.

Though we are short of an official confirmation, it is almost certain VR46 Sky Racing will enter MotoGP in 2022 in place of the departing Avintia Racing team, most likely with Ducati machinery. As for the riders, Rossi’s brother Luca Marini is expected to stay put, where he will most likely be joined by VR46 protege Marco Bezzecchi.

Though it hinted this might be the year it finally expands its interests to include a satellite offshoot of the factory team, Suzuki appears unlikely to expand its efforts for 2022 after talk of a link up with Petronas SRT went quiet.

How the 2022 MotoGP grid is shaping up

2022 MotoGP Rider Line-up
Suzuki Ecstar MotoGPJoan MirAlex Rins
Repsol HondaMarc MarquezPol Espargaro
Ducati Lenovo TeamJack MillerPecco Bagnaia
Yamaha Factory RacingFabio QuartararoMaverick Vinales
KTM Factory RacingBrad BinderMiguel Oliveira
Aprilia RacingAleix EspargaroAndrea Dovizioso, Lorenzo Savadori
Petronas SRT YamahaFranco MorbidelliValentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Xavi Vierge, Toprak Razgatlioglu
LCR HondaAlex MarquezTakaaki Nakagami
Pramac Racing DucatiJohann ZarcoJorge Martin
Tech 3 KTM RacingRemy GardnerDanilo Petrucci, Iker Lecuona, Raul Fernandez
VR46 Racing DucatiLuca MariniMarco Bezzecchi
Gresini Racing DucatiEnea BastianiniFabio Di Giannantonio

* Italics indicate unconfimed but expected or rumoured

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