Augusto Fernandez has been confirmed as the latest rider to make up the 2023 MotoGP field, with the Spaniard joining Pol Espargaro in the GasGas Tech 3 team.
Rumor has it in recent weeks that the current Moto2 series leader is the favorite for the final seat in the KTM fold following the Austrian brand’s decision to dismiss Remy Gardner after a tricky first campaign, Australian teammate Raul Fernandez in 2022. having already signed with the RNF Aprilia operation for next season.
Like Gardner and his namesake Raul, Augusto has had a year to make an impression in MotoGP before a decision is made on whether he will continue with the brand for 2024, along with Moto2 rookie and reigning Moto3 world champion Pedro Acosta waiting in the wings.
Fernandez hailed the news of his move to the premier class as “incredible”, while saying his goal was still to be able to become Moto2 world champion at the end of the term.
“Wow, it’s amazing to be able to make the jump to MotoGP with GASGAS,” said Fernandez.
“I want to thank everyone in the racing structure for all their support since I signed with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team last year. I’m really happy. It’s a dream.
“We still have work to do in Moto2 and I want to aim for the title and get into the MotoGP class – and this next challenge – in the best possible way.”
Fernandez currently holds a slender four-point advantage over Honda Team Asia’s Ai Ogura in Moto2 with just six races remaining, with the Ajo rider having taken a total of four wins so far – his triple success across the German, Dutch and Dutch events. British pushing him firmly in contention for the championship.
Gardner, meanwhile, will move up to the Superbike World Championship for 2023 after being kicked out of the KTM family, with the reigning Moto2 world champion agreeing a deal to join the GRT Yamaha team on a more satellite-spec R1. early this week.