Philipp Oettl will get an extended stay in the WorldSBK Championship after securing a deal to join GMT94 Yamaha for the 2024 season.
The ex-Moto2/3 racer arrives at the French outfit following his split from Team Go Eleven, the satellite Ducati outfit having signed Andrea Iannone in his place.
Making a transition from the WorldSSP Championship in 2022, Oettl established himself as a regular top ten contender over the ensuing two seasons and peaking with a fifth place finish during the 2023 season opener at Phillip Island.
Taking over from Lorenzo Baldassarri on the privateer Yamaha R1, Oettl is keen to get his hands on his new machine.
“I am very happy to join GMT94 for the 2024 season. Christophe and his team have been working at a very high level for decades and I am honoured to be able to join the team.
"During the last events of the 2023 season, I took a step forward and I would like to continue it next year too. Of course, it’s a difficult goal, but I will prepare well during the winter holidays to be ready for the first tests. I can’t wait to meet the team and start working.”
A front runner in both WorldSSP and the Endurance World Championship, while GMT94 endured a difficult maiden campaign in WorldSBK, team boss Christophe Guyot has high hopes of an upturn in fortune his new German signing.
“Grand Prix winner in Moto3™ with a total of three podiums in the category, Philipp Oettl made his debut in the WorldSSP in 2020.
"After achieving 11 podiums, he reached WorldSBK in 2022. In 2023, he demonstrated his speed finishing fifth in Australia and six times in the top seven.
"We hope to finish in the top 10 next season, we will help Philipp achieve his goals as a rider.”