Fabio di Giannantonio has aired his grievances towards his Gresini Racing team following its decision to axe him after two seasons in favour of eight-time Grand Prix World Champion Marc Marquez.
The Italian is currently without a ride for the 2024 MotoGP World Championship after being levered aside to make way for Marquez, who will join his brother Alex Marquez in an all-sibling line-up for the satellite Ducati race winners.
The deal, which was confirmed prior to the Indonesian MotoGP earlier this month, comes amid a notable upturn in form for di Giannantonio, notably his run to fourth in Mandalika before clinching his first MotoGP podium in Australia the following weekend.
The results serve to sharpen the spotlight on di Giannantonio’s forthcoming unemployed status with the man himself - who was signed specifically by Fausto Gresini prior to the eponymous team owner passing away in February 2021 - disappointed more faith hasn’t been shown in him.
“I was so sad! So sad,” di Giannantonio told TNT Sports. “I really put everything into this team. Because I really wanted to achieve the main goal with this team.
“I didn’t like how the team managed the situation, honestly. They could have had more trust in me, honestly.
“In me, and [crew chief Frankie Carchedi], and our work. And they could have waited a little bit more, honestly.”
Even so, di Giannatonio does concede that it would be hard to stack any rider against a rider like Marc Marquez should a team receive an opportunity to hire him.
“But, then, the other side? Marc Marquez is the game. We are perfectionists so this can happen.
“It is normal that [there is] a market.
“Marc is coming. He’s the best here. Eight-time world champion. It’s fine. It is what it is…”
di Giannantonio's hopes for the 2024 MotoGP season appear to rest with RNF Aprilia should its current lead rider Miguel Oliveira, whom is being pursued by Repsol Honda, departs the Malaysian team.