Movistar Yamaha Managing Director Lin Jarvis announced Italian Franco Mobidelli and Frenchman Fabio Quartararo will ride for Yamaha in the all-new Petronas team.
With the announcement of Tech 3 leaving Yamaha to join KTM for 2019, Yamaha was left searching for a suitable independent Yamaha squad.
Finally, after much speculation over the last few months, we can announce that 2017 Moto2 world champion Franco Morbidelli will join the Catalan Moto2 race winner Fabio Quartararo.
Yamaha made it clear they wanted the Italian rider due to his links with 9x world champion Valentino Rossi, who is expected to run his own Sky VR46 MotoGP team in the next few years.
Franco Morbidelli currently rides the Marc VDS Honda, a team that is still unclear on its future, losing both their current riders for 2019.
Frenchman Quartararo made his name in CEV, taking the 2013 and 2014 Moto3 titles.
The 19-year-old from Nice stepped into Moto3 with the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS team in 2015 finishing 7th in his debut race under the lights in Qatar.
Although Quartararo never picked up a win in the smaller class, he stepped up into Moto2 with the Pons HP40 team in 2017, ending the season in 13th.
For 2018 he moved across to the Speed-Up team, clinching his debut win at Barcelona and backing it up with a podium at the Dutch round.
Fabio currently lies 9th in the Moto2 series.
We look forward to seeing Morbidelli and Quartararo debut the all-new Petronas Yamaha team.
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