Pramac Racing has officially announced that it will part ways with Ducati at the end of the current MotoGP season, transitioning to a satellite Yamaha team in 2025. This marks the end of an almost two-decade-long relationship with Ducati, which began in 2005.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

Despite Pramac’s strong performance this year, with Jorge Martin leading the championship by 18 points heading into the Dutch Grand Prix at Assen, a series of disagreements with Ducati led to the split. Team principal Paolo Campinoti highlighted Ducati’s increasing interest in the VR46 structure and the proposal to allocate one of Pramac’s factory bikes to Valentino Rossi’s team as major catalysts for the separation.

Yamaha, a renowned Japanese manufacturer, has successfully secured Pramac, marking a significant boost for the brand. The inclusion of Pramac will see Yamaha increase its presence on the grid with two additional M1s in 2025, supporting their goal of returning to the front of the competition.

Yamaha plans to supply four identical bikes across its two teams next season, ensuring parity of equipment for Pramac as part of their new multi-year agreement. This move signifies a shift in Yamaha’s strategy, focusing more on competitiveness with its satellite teams.

Undecied rider lineup for Pramac in 2025

The rider lineup for Pramac in 2025 remains undecided. Jorge Martin is set to join the factory Aprilia team, and with Marc Marquez partnering Francesco Bagnaia at Ducati next year, the market for top-tier riders is limited.

Potential candidates for Pramac include Fabio di Giannantonio, Miguel Oliveira, and possibly Alex Rins. Additionally, World Superbike star Toprak Razgatlioglu, currently contracted with BMW until 2026, is also a consideration if he can break his existing contract. Promoting Moto2 talents such as Sergio García or Alonso Lopez is another viable option for Pramac.

As Pramac transitions to Yamaha, VR46 is poised to inherit Pramac’s current position with factory support from Ducati next year. This includes receiving identical bikes to those of factory riders Marquez and Bagnaia, along with full technical support, provided VR46 agrees to cover the cost for two bikes.

VR46’s lineup for 2025 is yet to be confirmed, but it is likely to include Fermin Aldeguer, initially set for Pramac, and potentially Franco Morbidelli, Martin’s current teammate at Pramac, due to his familiarity with Ducati.

This strategic shift marks a new chapter for both Pramac and Yamaha, promising an exciting and competitive 2025 MotoGP season.

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