Fernandez stepped as much as Moto2 in 2021 with the Ajo KTM squad and has already received twice, making him a sought-after within the MotoGP rider market.
The Spaniard has been linked to a promotion to Tech3 KTM alongside present Moto2 team-mate Remy Gardner, whereas Autosport reported lately that SRT has expressed curiosity in Fernandez as nine-time grand prix world champion Rossi appears to be like set to retire on the finish of 2021.
The primary stumbling block to this season’s revelation in Moto2 turning into Franco Morbidelli’s new team-mate is KTM, who’re refusing to let go of one among their most prized belongings.
KTM’s protectionism has reached unimaginable heights, one thing that may be confirmed by Gardner, who initially turned down a Tech3 transfer however was finally caught between a rock and a tough place.
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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KTM’s philosophy goes hand in hand with that of Pink Bull, which has all the time been to supply virtually invulnerable contracts to the younger riders it helps and mentors.
The lack of Jorge Martin to Pramac and Pol Espargaro to Honda already confirmed that this philosophy has cracks.
In an interview with Autosport, KTM Motorsport boss Pit Beirer mentioned Fernandez has expressed a want to stay in Moto2 for yet another season.
KTM has two attainable avenues open to Fernandez forward of 2022, the ultimate yr of his contract with KTM: both proceed together with his present group in Moto2 or transfer as much as MotoGP with Tech3.
Naturally, KTM will do all the pieces it could possibly to maintain him, even when the rider believes that his greatest different could be to journey the Petronas-branded M1.
With a purpose to go away KTM, Fernandez should pay a penalty of round half one million euros.
That could be a greater than acceptable quantity for the Yamaha and Petronas duo, although they don’t intend to start out a conflict with KTM.
“We is not going to intervene in Raul’s relationship with KTM,” mentioned Johan Stigefelt, head of SRT, in an interview with Autosport.
“We is not going to intervene in Raul’s relationship with KTM.
“After all, we like him and we’re curious about him, as a result of he’s very quick.
“But when he needs to return, he should kind out his scenario first.”
With Morbidelli spearheading SRT’s MotoGP challenge for 2022, the finances for the second rider’s wage shouldn’t be even half of the 500,000 euros wanted to extract him from his KTM contract.
The chess sport between Fernandez and KTM has been occurring for a while now and Petronas is ready for the result.
In that sense, the Austrian firm has the higher hand.
“They’ve two clauses of their favour, a preferential proper of first refusal and a proper of first refusal towards any supply they may obtain from exterior,” somebody who has seen the contracts tells Autosport.
The choices he has from KTM expire on 31 July, a date by which, often in MotoGP, all of the bikes have already been awarded.
Provided that situation, it is smart to assume that Fernandez is torn between taking a raffle and in search of the least traumatic method to escape KTM’s clutches, or staying with Ajo in Moto2.
Accepting the supply to hitch Tech3 would possible imply signing an extension past 2022, at which level many extra bikes might be vacant.