Fernandez stepped as much as the intermediate class with Aki Ajo’s squad for 2021 and has taken the Moto2 championship by storm, profitable twice within the first eight races of the marketing campaign.
His present Ajo Moto2 team-mate Remy Gardner was introduced as a Tech3 MotoGP rider for 2022 earlier this month, with Fernandez linked to the second seat at Herve Poncharal’s group.
Nonetheless, KTM Motorsport Boss Pit Beirer informed Autosport final week Fernandez had expressed a want to remain in Moto2, whereas Petronas SRT had additionally expressed an curiosity in him as Valentino Rossi’s alternative for 2022.
Fernandez was locked right into a contract with KTM for 2022 which had a launch clause of round half one million euros, with SRT boss Johan Stigefelt telling Autosport that the Yamaha satellite tv for pc outfit would not interfere with Fernandez’s relationship with KTM in its bid to safe his signature.
However the Spaniard has elected to stay with KTM and can be a part of Tech3 in 2022 on a two-year deal.
Raul Fernandez, Pink Bull KTM Ajo
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This leaved each Iker Lecuona and Danilo Petrucci with out a trip for the 2022 season.
Petrucci – who joined KTM this season after shedding his place at Ducati – informed Autosport final week that he’s eyeing a swap to rallying and needs to race in the Dakar Rally ought to he lose his place in MotoGP.
At SRT and Yamaha, Rossi is but to decide on his MotoGP future however stated on Thursday at Assen that it was “very difficult” for him to proceed racing in 2022 – each with SRT and his personal VR46 outfit.
He’s set to decide on his MotoGP future in the summertime break.
With choices to interchange him restricted now SRT’s most popular signing in Fernandez is off the desk, the group’s Moto2 riders Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon might be in line for the ‘A-spec’ Yamaha in 2022.
Fernandez comes into this weekend’s Dutch TT weekend trailing Gardner by 36 factors within the championship after crashing out of the Sachsenring race final week.