MotoGP has listed the rumours and speculations related to the 2025 grid alongwith the confirmed riders for next year.

Signed, sealed and delivered

Let’s start with who has been signed, sealed and delivered for 2025. Brad Binder struck a new deal with KTM at the tail end of the 2023 season, which will see the South African remain until 2026 with the Austrian brand. Early in the 2024 season, Ducati tied down the services of defending World Champion Francesco Bagnaia until 2026, while they also secured the future of Moto2 starlet Fermin Aldeguer.

At Yamaha, 2021 World Champion Fabio Quartararo committed his future to the Iwata factory for a further two years as the Japanese brand continue their rebuilding project. Whilst Honda have both Luca Marini and Johann Zarco locked in until the end of the 2025 season.

The rumour mill


Most riders are out of contract come the end of the current campaign, and some are in direct duels for coveted factory seats. The biggest up for grabs is the right to partner Bagnaia in the factory Ducati team from 2025, with incumbent Enea Bastianini renewing rivalries with Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) for factory honours.

Last year’s Championship runner-up has made his intentions clear more than once already this year, with the Spaniard demanding a factory seat, but whether that comes aboard a Desmosedici or elsewhere remains to be seen.

Eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez is also in the mix, with the #93 on a single-year deal with Gresini Racing, but it is unknown what his preference will be as he continues to acclimatise to the GP23.

For the likes of Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio, one feels the future of the VR46 team will need be resolved before they know on which bike they’ll be riding in 2025, while there is still little indication yet on where Franco Morbidelli (Prima Pramac Racing) and Alex Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP) will be next season.


One of the lingering questions at the Noale factory is whether Aleix Espargaro will opt to hang up his leathers at the end of the season. The 34-year-old is the grid’s elder statesman, but like a fine wine, has produced some vintage performances in his later years. The three-time race winner previously stated that the decision is in his hands.

On the other side of the box, Maverick Viñales is out to secure a contract for 2025, but performances like the Americas GP should bolster his cause no end. At Trackhouse Racing, Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez’ futures are up in the air as they continue to help bed the American team into MotoGP.


A factory seat alongside Binder for 2025 is up for grabs, and as things stand, it seems a straight shootout between Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pedro Acosta (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3) for a place alongside the South African. Augusto Fernandez’ future is also undecided at GASGAS Tech3.


Six-time race winner Alex Rins competes alongside Quartararo on the factory Yamaha team, having joined from Honda in the off-season. The Spaniard is on a one-year deal. The Iwata factory have been without an Independent team since 2022, and are on the hunt for new partners to help add two extra YZR-M1s to the grid in the future, with both VR46 and Pramac Racing linked.


Repsol Honda’s Luca Marini and LCR’s Johann Zarco both signed contracts in 2023 that extend beyond the current season, both having joined from Ducati over the winter break. That leaves LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami and Repsol Honda’s Joan Mir seeking to resolve their futures over the coming months.

[Note: The story is as per press release]