Welcome to the rumour mill where we discuss rumours in the MotoGP paddock.
Please take all rumours with a pinch of salt as they are just RUMOURS.
There have been hints at rumours of Dovizioso becoming the Suzuki test rider in the German media.. but there were also hints of Dovizioso to Petronas Yamaha so once again, take this lightly. Suzuki currently has 38-year-old Sylvain Guintoli as their test rider and Suzuki are not keen on letting him go given his work done which has been a tremendous help to the factory, plus he has a fantastic YouTube Channel.
It is true that Dovizioso could add a lot to Suzuki, but he will also demand a heavy paycheque for this. Various outlets have reported that Dovizioso has spoken with Suzuki but this is not officially confirmed. This leaves the door still open at Aprilia to race full time, a team Cal Crutchlow has his eyes on.
Crutchlow is more likely of the pair to sign, Cal is great for British TV rights with BT Sport as a British rider in the class means more British fans are going to tune in, however, Dovizioso will be able to bring better results comparing the last 3 seasons of the two in the class, excluding 2020 given that Crutchlow is injured. This is more lucrative to Aprilia who are desperate to hit the front end at MotoGP after watching KTM join MotoGP after them and stand on the podium, then win races way before them.
Fabio Di Giannantonio who stood on the podium at Catalunya is rumoured to be going to the Gresini Moto2 team, Edgar Pons has not performed in the team, despite winning the 2019 CEV Moto2 title, being replaced by ‘Diggia’.
Following the announcement of Xavier Artigas and Dennis Foggia at Leopard for 2021, Jaume Masia has been left without a ride, he is rumoured to be slotting into the Red Bull Ajo KTM team with Raul Fernandez, returning to the KTM chassis, this was aided by a post from Masia after the announcement captioned ‘Ready to race’, KTM’s slogan.
Moto3 rider Sergio Garcia is rumoured to leave the Estrella Galicia team at the end of the season, moving to Aspar to replace Albert Arenas who is Moto2 bound after 2020, Garcia will be replaced by CEV Moto3 rider Diogo Moreira.
As we have said, do not take these rumours as fact, they are only paddock talk and hold little weight.
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