Friday, December 15, 2023

MotoGP Rider letters to Santa

Although think this year’s list has already been checked twice. And it’s definitely way too late to send one now…


The 2024 MotoGP Silly Season seemingly was wrapped up the day after the eventful November 26th season finale MotoGP race in Valencia. Where ‘Ol Saint Nick handed out the following presents with Bows and Candy Canes upon them. Even if several riders opened Thars’ early…



The most powerful, and plentiful entrant on the MotoGP Grid with eight Scooters’ sees changes Ah-Plenty! With the most deserving present going to ousted Greseni rider Fabio Di Giannantonio.


As the promising 25yr old rookie finished the season on a tear! Winning His maiden Grands Prix at Qatar. And then following up at Valencia with a fantastic romp from 11th to a scant second place, only fractions of a second behind winner and “Back-to-Bagnaia”, aka Double World champion Francesco Pecco’ Bagnaia!


And even if Di Giannantonio was eventually demoted to fourth overall at Valencia for riding with low tyre pressures. Fabio will still take over the Mooney VR46 seat vacated by Luca Marini. Whilst Franco Morbidelli takes over Johann Zarco’s Pramac Racing seat alongside MotoGP Championship runner-up Jorge Martin.



You already know about Marc Marquez asking Santa for a more competitive ride next year. With the Multi-times MotoGP World Champion getting His wish by teaming up with younger brother Alex at the satellite Gresini Racing Ducati outfit next season. Although Santa sez’ thee Pinball wizard’ will have to race on a year old Duc’.


As the question everyone was asking Santa? Was who would want to take the vacated Repsol Honda seat?


As I was somewhat surprised to read that Luca Marini, Half Brother of somebody known as “the Doctor”, aka Valentino Rossi got a two year contract to take over Marquez’s seat.


Meanwhile, current Repsol Honda rider Joan Mir said I’d like to work for Marquez’s side of the garage, Granted! With Marini getting Mir’s crew next year.


And finally, as this wish apparently made it to the North Pole early. Comes word that Pramac Ducati rider Johann Zarco will take over the vacated LCR seat that Alex Rins occupied.



The only Christmas gift for the Austrian outfit is the arrival of Moto2 Champion Pedro Acosta joining the satellite GasGas Factory Racing Tech3 outfit.


Although No word on whether or not Santa will give KTM Werks’ riders Brad Binder and Jack Thriller’ Miller any tips  on staying upright in Thar saddles next year?



Former Suzuki Factory rider Alex Rins sent a letter to the North Pole this year saying He really, really wanted to be riding once again for a Factory MotoGP team. And with Franco Morbidelli jumping to ducati. Rins wish was granted, taking over the vacated seat alongside 2021 MotoGP Champion Fabio Quartararo.



Although it’s got nothing to do with the Factory, I saved this one for last. Since it’s former CryptoData RNF Racing satellite squad was summarily stripped of it’s MotoGP entry following the end of the 2023 season!


As apparently they’ve been very naughty by not paying their Bills in a timely manner! Whilst no idea if any staff was effected by this? But DORNA was none too Happy, and sent the CryptoData concern, that owned a 60% majority stake in the former MotoGP team a lump of coal!


While I first heard the rumour that NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing would be taking over the satellite Aprilia effort with it’s same two riders for 2024 when reading For the Love of Indy. Having since read also on Autosport.


As Ho-Ho-Ho to All of the 22 Bad Arse MotoGP Kneedraggers! And to everyone who reads No Fenders…