With the end of the current season and the championship approaching the middle of winter, people are already talking about the future after 2022. Honda is one of the manufacturers already thinking beyond next season, in a year that will be marked by renewals or new signings, with Pol Espargaró’s place apparently at risk.
According to journalist Manuel Pecino the Japanese manufacturer has at this moment three names for the #44’s seat: Joan Mir, Jorge Martín and… Fabio Quartararo. According to the journalist himself told the ‘Motogepeando’ programme, there will be a meeting between Quartararo and Honda in Barcelona to discuss a possible change from 2023.
This ‘market study’ by the Frenchman himself could be happening after Quartararo failed to notice any major improvements at Jerez and expected more from Yamaha for the last test of the year. Quartararo has already made it clear that he may seriously consider a change if at Sepang the manufacturer shows it intends to go down a different path to the #20.
As for the remaining two names, it is Joan Mir who has the most reason to leave the team he is in. The 2021 Suzuki GSX-RR showed to be one level below the strongest bikes after the title won in the previous year. Jorge Martín, meanwhile, as he has been lined up to take Jack Miller’s place in the official Ducati team, is the most difficult chance; the Spaniard won in his debut season, was rookie of the year and finished the championship in ninth place after being completely absent in three Grand Prix after a crash at the Portuguese GP.
The paddock hasn’t even reached the first tests of next year and there is already talk about the transfer market for 2023. Carlo Pernat was chatting yesterday on a Youtube live with GPone where he shared a little information about a possible renewal of Fabio Quartararo’s contract with to Yamaha.
According to Enea Bastianini’s career manager, the manager said that Quartararo would have asked for an amount of 20 million euros to stay with the Iwata factory.
‘From the information I have, Quartararo has already make a very big request to Yamaha: as far as I know, he asked for €20 million’, he told GPOne.
Note that recently a few rumors about the french future have come to surface, with Honda to be looking at the #20.