– Joe Roberts has defined why he determined to show down the supply of a transfer into the MotoGP class for 2021 with Aprilia Racing, saying amongst a number of causes that he wouldn’t wish to obtain precedence due to his fascinating American nationality, telling Gazzetta dello Sport: “I do not wish to race in MotoGP simply due to my passport, however as a result of I deserve it”. (Gazzetta dello Sport via MotoGP.com)
In a separate interview with Cycle World, Roberts expands on this, including he wished to respect the Italtrans Moto2 workforce by not leaving them within the lurch at this late stage within the yr. The American scored three poles and one podium en path to seventh total, an enchancment important sufficient to earn him new Moto2 champion Enea Bastianini’s seat at Italtrans for 2021. (Cycle World)
Aprilia, in the meantime, has confirmed the vacant seat alongside Aleix Espargaro will go to both Bradley Smith or Lorenzo Savadori after Roberts, along with fellow Moto2 racers Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio, turned it down. (more here)
Who Fell The Most In MotoGP 2020 & Who Held On?
– Having agreed to exit Avintia Racing and MotoGP on the finish of the 2020 season to make manner for Luca Marini, Tito Rabat is busily making an attempt to supply a brand new deal for 2021, with a change to WorldSBK seemingly on the playing cards. In response to GPOne, Rabat is deep in negotiations with Barni Racing, although talks have supposedly stalled extra lately, probably permitting Loris Baz into the body.
Rabat was intently linked with a transfer to the Kawasaki Racing Group alongside Jonathan Rea final yr, earlier than agreeing to stick with Avintia in MotoGP. As for Baz, he may nonetheless journey with Ten Kate Racing however the Dutch workforce is having bother placing the finances collectively to compete within the Superbike class. (GPOne)
– Brad Binder’s path to the 2020 MotoGP Rookie of the 12 months crown has been captured in a brand new documentary courtesy of Purple Bull. In ‘Changing into 33’ we are going to see the South African rookie getting ready for his maiden season – delayed for a number of months by the coronavirus – and making his debut in Spain, earlier than stunning the paddock with a dominant victory maiden win for each himself and KTM in solely his third begin within the Czech MotoGP. (Red Bull)
– No relaxation for the depraved as Valentino Rossi dons his race swimsuit as soon as extra, however as an alternative of hopping on a Yamaha M1, he’s sliding right into a Ferrari 488 for his annual spot of winter endurance competitors. This week he was again at Misano getting in some mileage forward of the Gulf 12 Hours race in January 2021. (Twitter – ValeYellow46)
— Valentino Rossi (@ValeYellow46) December 2, 2020