On Monday, Dorna Sports activities – MotoGP’s business rights holder – introduced it would not be allowing RNF Racing to continue as a team on the grid next year.
Its assertion mentioned this was because of “repeated infractions and breaches of the Participation Settlement affecting the general public picture of MotoGP have obliged this determination”.
This follows on from experiences throughout the Valencia Grand Prix weekend that the staff – and particularly title companion and majority shareholder CryptoDATA – was in monetary bother and a takeover from an American agency was potential.
Former RNF staff boss and director Razlan Razali told Autosport on Monday that he laid all of the blame for the team’s rejection from MotoGP at CryptoDATA’s door and confirmed that there have been suppliers who had but to be paid.
In Dorna’s assertion, it famous that “the Choice Committee can be reviewing purposes for a brand new Unbiased Crew, utilizing Aprilia equipment, to hitch the MotoGP class grid for 2024”.
Autosport has now discovered that this can be Trackhouse Racing, an American staff owned by Justin Marks and Armando Christian Perez AKA Pitbull.
Trackhouse made its NASCAR Cup Sequence debut on the 2021 Daytona 500 and has since scored 5 wins, in addition to an historic victory in Chicago with Shane van Gisbergen this 12 months.
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Ross Chastain, Trackhouse Racing, Worldwide Specific Chevrolet Camaro
Trackhouse will comply with the official submission course of to hitch the grid, renting out the 2 grid slots vacated by RNF, and must fulfil all of Dorna’s necessities to be seen as a viable choice.
It’ll even have to do that with the backing of a producer, which can be Aprilia.
Autosport understands that Trackhouse’s buyers need the staff to broaden out of North America and onto the world stage, with the house owners feeling MotoGP is the very best place to take action.
A supply near Aprilia mentioned an official announcement will come over the subsequent few days, however that the Italian producer – who gained two grands prix in 2023 – is pleased with the Trackhouse challenge.
Trackhouse will forge nearer working ties with Aprilia than RNF had, with the supply stating that the partnership from a technical degree can be like Ducati has with Pramac.
Aprilia is working to offer one of many two riders – both Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez, who’re contracted on to the producer – with a 2024 bike subsequent 12 months.
Nonetheless, given the tight turnaround to get all the assets collectively to create a 3rd manufacturing unit bike, this isn’t a assure.
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Raul Fernandez, RNF MotoGP Racing
The Trackhouse challenge was because of be coming to the grid in 2025, however has now been accelerated due to the RNF points – therefore why there will be no dedication to 2 manufacturing unit bikes subsequent season.
The present RNF staff is ready to stay in place below the Trackhouse banner, given its information of the Aprilia already from this 12 months, whereas all the business elements of the outfit can be dealt with by the staff.
In Tuesday’s Valencia take a look at, Raul Fernandez can be using the Aprilia with official manufacturing unit mechanics whereas the RNF staff takes the winter off earlier than being given new contracts with Trackhouse within the new 12 months.
Autosport has reached out to Trackhouse for additional remark.