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2024 MotoGP Rider Line-Up: Entry list confirmed after late Marini, di Giannantonio team swaps

The FIM has released the official entry list for the 2024 MotoGP World Championship following late changes of line-up by VR46 Racing and Repsol Honda Team.

As the curtain came down on the 2023 MotoGP season in Valencia, preparations for 2024 are already underway with the new look grid getting back on track at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo to sample new machinery and parts.

In the meantime, the FIM has confirmed entry lists for MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 with a number of changes formally confirmed.


Franco Morbidelli makes his debut on the Pramac Ducati GP24

The MotoGP movers and shakers

The 2024 MotoGP grid will feature a surprising number of changes considering teams are mid-way through the traditional two-year deal cycle that started ahead of the 2023 season and should have seen riders stick it out until the end of 2024.

However, Marc Marquez's switch to Gresini Ducati has kick-started a domino effect, enough to ensure there will be plenty to look forward to when the season rolls back around in March.

Of course, Marquez's shock move to Gresini a year in advance of his Repsol Honda contract was supposed to end has dominated the headlines, but in its wake we also see some intriguing outcomes, not least the Spaniard's replacement, Luca Marini.

Stepping out of the 'family' VR46 Racing team - not to mention Marco Bezzecchi's shadow - Marini strikes out on his own heading up a Repsol Honda team hoping it can find its way again without talisman Marquez.

Marini's move has also led to the happy outcome of Fabio di Giannantonio finding refuge at VR46 Racing, the Italian - who has starred in the lattermost rounds and scored his maiden win in Qatar - having spent the last couple of months pondering his future after being frozen out of Gresini Racing.

One of the first deals to be announced this year, Alex Rins returns to factory machinery as he looks to add Yamaha to his trophy cabinet after successes with Suzuki and Honda.

He replaces Franco Morbidelli, who finds himself in a strong position at Pramac Ducati after two and a half difficult seasons on the Yamaha, with his predecessor Johann Zarco taking a punt on Honda with the LCR squad after completing his strongest season of MotoGP yet in 2023.

Then of course there is the one sole rookie debuting next year in Pedro Acosta, the 2023 Moto2 World Champion making his much anticipated bow with the KTM-equipped GasGas Factory Racing Tech 3.


Will there be two satellite Aprilias on the grid for the 2024 MotoGP season?

Uncertainty about Aprilia satellite effort

Amid the hubbub of the title battle, the Valencia finale also saw the controversial decision by the FIM to strip RNF Racing of its 2024 MotoGP entries.

Strictly speaking, the ban applies predominantly to RNF Racing itself - rather than the physical team, bikes or riders - and majority owners/title backers CryptoData, meaning there is still the intention for the bikes to run under a different name.

This is a story that isn't over though with CryptoData said to be confident of an immediate reinstatement when it takes its case to court.


Francesco Bagnaia, Valencia MotoGP test, 28 November 2023

Who is staying put?

Only four of the eleven teams will stick with the same line-up in 2024, led by the Ducati Lenovo Team champions who retain Pecco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini for its defence.

There are no changes at Aprilia Racing or the KTM Factory Racing team either with Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales staying put in the former and the latter holding onto Jack Miller and Brad Binder.

Should 'RNF Racing' morph into a different entity the it will hold on to Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez.

Cards gone wild

Expect to see more guest stars in 2024, particularly from KTM who will run Pol Espargaro - who was eased out of his race seat by Acosta - in as many races as it can, while Cal Crutchlow says he is expecting to make three outings next year after just one and only start in Japan this year.

2024 MotoGP Rider Line-Up

2024 MotoGP Rider Line-Up - Provisional as of December 2023
Pecco Bagnaia馃嚠馃嚬Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP24鈴革笍
Enea Bastianini馃嚠馃嚬Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP24鈴革笍
Fabio Quartararo馃嚝馃嚪Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M1鈴革笍
Alex Rins馃嚜馃嚘Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M1馃攢
Aleix Espargaro馃嚜馃嚘Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP鈴革笍
Maverick Vinales馃嚜馃嚘Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP鈴革笍
Luca Marini馃嚠馃嚬Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V馃攢
Joan Mir馃嚜馃嚘Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V鈴革笍
Brad Binder馃嚳馃嚘Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16鈴革笍
Jack Miller馃嚘馃嚭Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16鈴革笍
Jorge Martin馃嚜馃嚘Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP24鈴革笍
Franco Morbidelli馃嚠馃嚬Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP24馃攢
Johann Zarco馃嚝馃嚪LCR HondaHonda RC213V馃攢
Takaaki Nakagami馃嚡馃嚨LCR HondaHonda RC213V鈴革笍
Miguel Oliveira馃嚨馃嚬Aprilia Independent TeamAprilia RS-GP鈴革笍
Raul Fernandez 馃嚜馃嚘Aprilia Independent TeamAprilia RS-GP鈴革笍
Augusto Fernandez馃嚜馃嚘GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC16鈴革笍
Pedro Acosta馃嚜馃嚘GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC16馃啎
Alex Marquez馃嚜馃嚘Gresini RacingDucati GP23鈴革笍
Marc Marquez馃嚜馃嚘Gresini RacingDucati GP23馃攢
Fabio di Giannantonio馃嚠馃嚬Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP23馃攢
Marco Bezzecchi馃嚠馃嚬Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP23鈴革笍

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