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German MotoGP: 2014 MotoGP rider contracts

Who is so far signed for MotoGP 2014...
With the MotoGP summer break a little over a week away, riders without a 2014 contract will soon start putting pen to paper.

As the list below shows, with most top riders already signed to two-year deals, 2013 is set to a relatively quiet year in terms of team changes at the front of the grid - with all attention focussed on the factory Ducati and Tech 3 Yamaha seats.

Much will depend on the decision of top satellite rider Cal Crutchlow, who must weigh-up remaining at Tech 3 for a fourth season or pursuing full factory status at Ducati.

Nicky Hayden is rumoured to have offers in WSBK, although the 2006 world champion may take some tempting having always insisted that his plan is to remain in MotoGP.

Adding to the Tech 3 conundrum is that Moto2 star Pol Espargaro is already believed to have signed some form of contract with Yamaha. Espargaro's Moto2 rival, and championship leader, Scott Redding is also expected to make the step-up to the premier-class next year, with rumoured options at Ducati, Gresini Honda or his present Marc VDS team...

Factory team MotoGP riders:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA - Factory Yamaha until the end of 2014.
Valentino Rossi ITA - Factory Yamaha until the end of 2014.
Dani Pedrosa SPA - Repsol Honda until the end of 2014.
Marc Marquez SPA - Repsol Honda until the end of 2014.
Andrea Dovizioso ITA - Ducati Team until the end of 2014.
Nicky Hayden USA - Ducati Team until the end of 2013.

Satellite team MotoGP riders:
Cal Crutchlow GBR - Tech 3 Yamaha until the end of 2013.
Bradley Smith GBR - Tech 3 Yamaha until the end of 2014.
Stefan Bradl GER - LCR Honda/HRC until the end of 2014.
Alvaro Bautista SPA - Gresini Honda until the end of 2014.
Ben Spies USA - Pramac/Ducati until the end of 2014.
Andrea Iannone ITA - Pramac/Ducati until the end of 2013.

CRT/Non-MSMA (Privateer) team MotoGP riders:
All riders thought to be currently unsigned for 2014.
Colin Edwards USA - Forward Racing.
Claudio Corti ITA - Forward Racing.
Karel Abraham CZE - Cardion AB.
Randy de Puniet FRA - Power Electronics Aspar.
Alex Espargaro SPA- Power Electronics Aspar.
Hiroshi Aoyama JPN - Avintia Blusens.
Hector Barbera SPA - Avintia Blusens.
Danilo Petrucci ITA - IodaRacing.
Lukas Pesek CZE - IodaRacing.
Bryan Staring AUS - Honda Gresini.
Michael Laverty GBR - Paul Bird Motorsport.
Yonny Hernandez COL - Paul Bird Motorsport.

Who do you think should go where? Leave your comments below...

Related Pictures

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Start, Dutch MotoGP 2013
Kyle Smith, Aegerter, Hook on Suzuka podium (pic: TSR)
Smith at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga celebrate Suzuka win (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga win Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Bradley Smith tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga ready for Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Marc Marquez tests at Misano (pic: Honda)
Dani Pedrosa tests 2016 Honda (pic: Honda).
Marquez testing at Misano (pic: Honda)
Michale, Eugene and John Laverty, German MotoGP 2015
Eugene Laverty, German MotoGP 2015
Eugene Laverty, German MotoGP 2015
Bautista, German MotoGP 2015

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July 11, 2013 2:23 PM

what can you say when the places to be fought are already locked... unless we have a better Ducati, and Suzuki and hopefully Kawasaki on the grid... the only places worth fighting will be the 4 seats of the 2 factory teams, that has won 12 championships in the last 13 years, barring 2007 stoner win on a ducati... we need more competitive teams that all the deserving guys get an almost equal platform to prove who is the best, rather than a 2 horse race that we keep seeing each weekend, barring a wet race or some miracle.


July 11, 2013 2:27 PM

Cal should stay put.. Under no circumstances should he go to Ducati.. It's a lose lose situation for him at Ducati.. One more year at Tech 3 won't harm considering their is no better seat at the moment. Nicky can think of WSBK but again no way with Ducati.. With a good team Nicky can set WSBK on fire. Staying in MotoGP would mean one of the Yamaha powered privateers next year? Somehow I feel Ducati don't want him on that factory seat.

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