Fabio di Giannantonio will return to Gresini in Moto2 next season, then make his MotoGP debut with the team in 2022.

That's according to SkySport.it, which reports that the young Italian will be guaranteed a premier-class place during the second year of his Gresini contract.

Gresini is currently paired with Aprilia for its factory MotoGP entry, but the two parties may have their own grid places in 2022, when a new commercial agreement begins between the teams and Dorna.

Should Aprilia join the other five manufacturers in having its own grid places, Gresini could then either become a satellite Aprilia team or move to another manufacturer.

The Gresini team previously finished as MotoGP title runner-up with Sete Gibernau and Marco Melandri, using Honda machinery.

However, MotoGP's general goal is for each manufacturer to support one satellite team and Honda is closely aligned with LCR, while the only factories currently without a satellite entry are Aprilia and Suzuki.

There were already rumours of talks between di Giannantonio and Suzuki which, combined with the Gresini news, would suggest a Gresini Suzuki team is a possibility for 2022.

di Giannantonio, 21, spent his first four grand prix seasons with Gresini in Moto3, winning two races and finishing title runner-up in 2018 before switching to Speed Up in the Moto2 class, where he has taken three podiums to date.

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

  
 

6 September

  

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

  

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

  

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

14

22 November

Portugal

Portimao

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

8

18 October

Japan

Motegi

9

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

10

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

11

15 November

Americas

COTA

12

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo