After the departure of Tech3 as a satellite team from the Yamaha stable, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and Angel Nieto Team will join forces for the 2019 MotoGP season. Angel Nieto is currently running Ducati Desmosedicis for ANRT Aspar with riders Alvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham.

It has been confirmed the deal between SIC and Angel Nieto will run through to 2021 and function as a satellite team for Yamaha. As part of the partnership, former 80 cc and 125 cc racer Jorge “Aspar” Martinez will be retained as sporting advisor to the new team, which does not have an official name as yet.

There were also no details as to who the rider line-up might be going forward but there are several options open to the new Yamaha satellite team. One of these is Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who recently left Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) after 18 seasons.

French team Tech3 recently switched camps to KTM for the 2019 season, retaining riders Frenchman Johann Zarco and Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin. Hafizh, popularly known as “El Pescao” or “The Fish”, is currently 17th in the MotoGP World Championship standings with 17 points.