News 6 Dec 2023

Trackhouse Racing joins MotoGP ahead of 2024 season

A three-year arrangement with Aprilia Racing as Independent team.

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A new team will join the MotoGP grid in the 2024 season, with American outfit Trackhouse Racing partnering with Aprilia on a three-year arrangement to run RS-GP prototypes from next year as an Independent effort.

Trackhouse Racing is an established team in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship, founded and owned by Justin Marks, and has effectively filled the vacant positions of outbound RNF Racing in MotoGP.

Confirmed riders are Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez, who will continue onboard RS-GP machines for a second year, while Aprilia Racing will take charge of all technical aspects, collaborating closely with Trackhouse Racing on track and with development throughout the season.

“Joining the MotoGP World Championship is a very exciting moment for our young company,” said Marks. “Trackhouse has worked from day one to recognize unique and compelling motorsport opportunities and being able to expand to a global series like MotoGP is a massive step in scaling the company.

“We believe deeply in the mission of Dorna and are committed to bringing something new and exciting to the championship while working hard to help grow and amplify this amazing sport to millions of new fans in North America and beyond.”

Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola added: “We are happy and proud to welcome Trackhouse into the Aprilia Racing family. What they have been able to build in a very short time in NASCAR is an extraordinary presentation card, which anticipates the potential of this partnership.

“This is thanks to Justin Marks and his team, whom I got to know through my long-time friend PJ Rashidi, and with whom we were immediately in sync both in terms of technical ambitions and marketing and communication developments in such an important market as the US. Our commitment will increase significantly, a responsibility we gladly take on because, I am sure, it will allow us to grow even more”.

The full 2024 livery of Trackhouse Racing will be revealed early next season but as part of the launch, the team unveiled a symbolic American flag-liveried bike, paying tribute to both previous testing colours used by Nicky Hayden and to the motorcycle racing heritage of the USA.