The sporting world is slowly starting to return to normal after the unprecedented Covid-19 Pandemic and Moto GP hopes to play a major part in the return to sports. Here is some major Moto GP news and future’s tips for the remainder of the season.
Confirmed Moto GP Transfers For Next Season
The biggest transfer in the off-season recently has been Jack Millers promotion to the factory Ducati. He was previously at the Ducati satellite team (Basically their B team). It appears Danilo Petrucci is the rider who has been kicked out to make way for the Australian. Suzuki have retained Alex Rins and Joan Mir until 2022 and Marc Marquez has signed on a contract extension with Honda until 2024.
As of right now there is still a lot of “wheeling and dealing” to be done in the Moto Gp paddock. There are 14 riders (from a possible 22) that are out of contract at the end of the 2020 season, and a good portion of these riders have been with their current teams for 2-4 years, so the presumption is that many will not be signed on to new contracts, hence the reason many have yet to renew. I predict 6-8 of these 14 riders will renew or sign with a new team, whilst the remaining riders will most likely not get a ride in Moto Gp for the next season, making way for up and coming riders from Moto2 and Moto3.
The situation in the Yamaha camp is as follows, Fabio Quartararo will make the move up to the factory Yamaha bike in 2021 to replace Valentino Rossi. Yamaha have rewarded the 41 year old Italian with a factory specification bike should he decided he wants to stay in Moto Gp for the 2021 season. Rossi was hoping this year would be his last dance on the Yamaha, but it has not played out yet due to the worldwide pandemic. When racing does return, I highly doubt spectators will be allowed to races, so I guess Rossi won’t get to say goodbye to all Moto Gp fans, hence the reason I think he will decide to ride for one final year in 2021.
How The Moto Gp Calendar is Looking
The Moto Gp calendar has taken a big hit so far. There was originally 20 races in the schedule, as of right now there have been seven races cancelled and a further four races postponed. Confirmed cancellation are as follows: Qatar, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Britain, Japan, and Australia. The postponed races are currently: France, Italy (Mugello), Catalunya and Jerez (Spain).
The current situation is looking very much like Dorna want to have all races in Europe this season, as all the teams are based in Europe and flying to far away countries could be risky and not worth it due to the circumstances. The proposal will most likely be a twelve race calendar with four tracks hosting two races each and the remaining four holding one race.
Should the proposal go to plan, we would be starting the Moto Gp season at Jerez on the 19th of July. Dorna are currently waiting on news from Spain, to see has their proposal been accepted to race in Jerez, I very much think it will be accepted, with high priorities on social distance, regular Covid-19 checks, and no spectators.
Future’s Tips For The Proposed 12 Race Season
Marc Marquez opens up the betting at -150, slightly better odds than before the pandemic, when he was priced up at -175. It has to be said, with a potential of 8-12 races, this will suit his rivals to capitalize on Marquez’s dominance, as he will not have any room for error. This is the perfect time for his rivals to strike and break Marquez’s reign over the championship. Let us be honest here, Marquez does have the best bike on the grid and is the best rider right now, but anything is possible in a shortened season. Rossi will see this as a prime opportunity to claim his first championship since 2009, (crazy it’s been 11 years since Rossi won a championship).
Beyond Rossi there are arguably three other riders capable of stopping Marquez. Fabio Quartararo, Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales. Due to Quartararo being on a satellite bike until next season, it really would take a miracle for him to become champion, but he did prove how capable he was last season. That leaves Dovizioso (who finished 2nd behind Marquez last season) and Vinales (who finished 3rd last season). Vinales has a slightly better bike (going off pre-season testing) than Dovizioso, but I think Dovizioso has the clearer head to deal with the pressure and for that reason I would advise Dovizioso as an outsider bet to claim the championship at +900. I also think Vinales at +500 represents no value, I would like at least +900.
For any nostalgia people out there, “The Doctor” can be backed at odds of +2200 and I think it’s worth a small bet for any Moto Gp fans who would like to witness, what would be a better “Last Dance” than the 97-98 Bulls. The Bulls were one of the favorites, Rossi is far from that, with a total of 6 riders ahead of him in the future’s market. YouWager offered the best odds on Moto Gp earlier in the season, be sure to check them out for possible value bets on Moto Gp.