“It’s a feeling of being unemployed” – MotoGP riders against substitution idea
The MotoGP champion, Bagnaia, has been in excellent form, securing his third double of the season at the Red Bull Ring. The idea of implementing a rider substitution rule, floated by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta due to KTM’s situation, could affect the consistency that Bagnaia and other riders currently enjoy. KTM currently has five riders signed to MotoGP deals but only four available bikes, leading to discussions about having a reserve rider. However, Bagnaia strongly opposes the idea, likening it to being unemployed. Fellow Ducati rider Bezzecchi also finds it a strange and challenging situation. With a contract until the end of 2026, Binder is the least likely to be affected by a reserve rider scheme and humorously stated that he will be around for a while.