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Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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The MotoGP rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for 2022

The final pieces of the 2022 MotoGP rider market have yet to be finalised as Petronas SRT Yamaha faces several obstacles in replacing Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli. SRT’s preferred option has been locked into a KTM deal he doesn’t want, while its other target is managed by Rossi himself and wanted at his VR46 team.

KTM's blocking of Raul Fernandez and Yamaha's unwillingness to commit to Petronas SRT has meant that no rider has yet been officially confirmed for next season by the Malaysian team.

Nobody could have imagined when SRT's entry into MotoGP for 2019 was presented that the team determined to become the benchmark among the independents would be struggling three years later for riders. The summer holidays are already behind us and it is still looking for riders to defend its colours next year, with Morbidelli unlikely to see out the two-year deal he signed last year and instead being linked with a deal replace the outgoing Maverick Vinales at the factory Yamaha team.

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