The Iwata factory has currently spoken with the Moto2TM standout regarding a potential MotoGPTM participation.
Lopez reportedly spoke with Lin Jarvis, Yamaha’s managing director, in Valencia for the last weekend of the 2022 season, a year in which the Spaniard made a significant impact on the Grand Prix scene. Lopez placed seventh in the final rankings after making just 14 starts after beginning the season without a ride. He earned two victories and an extra 3 podium finishes.
Consequently, it is not surprising that Yamaha is interested in Lopez’s performance. The key issue for Yamaha, though, will be whether they can negotiate a contract that will guarantee them an Independent Team through 2024 and beyond.
RNF switched to Aprilia at the end of 2022, leaving Yamaha with just two motorcycles on the grid in the shape of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli for the 2023 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPTM season. Quartararo is a previous Speed Up Moto2TM championship winner that Yamaha signed.
A Yamaha Independent Team would be the ideal choice for two racers seeking to move up to the top division given the quantity of quality now available in the Moto2TM pool. It would make sense for Yamaha as well, so it’s not shocking that Jarvis is already considering the future.
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