Fabio Quartararo and Aprilia’s CEO, Massimo Rivola, have reportedly engaged in discussions.

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Fabio Quartararo’s performance in the Qatar Grand Prix, achieving an 11th place finish trailing nearly 18 seconds behind the winner, Bagnaia, and securing 12th place in the Sprint, 13 seconds behind Martin, doesn’t meet the expectations set for the former world champion.

Even though he outshone his teammate, Alex Rins, the considerable gap to the leading pack emphasizes the shortcomings of Yamaha compared to rivals like Ducati, KTM, and Aprilia. Recognizing the limitations of the M1, Fabio Quartararo is now exploring his options, with Aprilia emerging as a potential new destination.

Ducati’s lineup is currently at capacity, and KTM’s stable positions leave GasGas as the sole feasible option within its group. While Honda remains a potential avenue, it would entail transitioning from one demanding situation to another.

Given the market dynamics and Yamaha’s unclear commitment to retaining Fabio Quartararo under any circumstances, attention turns to enhancing team performance, potentially at the sacrifice of securing top-tier riders.


The rider market is intensifying, with the focus now squarely on Aprilia’s two sought-after seats. Aleix Espargaro holds the title of “Captain” at Aprilia, yet his future post-2024 could rely on a one-year contract, contingent upon his career trajectory.

Maverick Viñales must demonstrate not just his qualifying speed but also his race pace. Moreover, Aprilia’s intentions to provide the American Trackhouse team with official and updated bikes, akin to Pramac-Ducati’s setup, introduce another level of intricacy to the equation.

Fabio Quartararo and Aprilia’s CEO, Massimo Rivola, have already kicked off discussions. With the market evolving rapidly, as seen in Ducati’s moves with Bagnaia and Aldeguer, a decision on Fabio Fabio Quartararo’s future is imminent. The list of candidates for the RS-GP seat is extensive, with Enea Bastianini standing out as a notable mention. The upcoming French Grand Prix in May could prove crucial in unveiling future intentions.

As the MotoGP season unfolds, the competition is fierce, and the upcoming races (including Sprints) are set to be highly competitive.

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