Trackhouse Racing to join MotoGP in 2024 as partner of Aprilia
US motor racing team Trackhouse Racing is set to make its debut in motorcycle racing, securing a spot on the prestigious MotoGP grid for the upcoming 2024 season.
The move marks a significant expansion of Trackhouse Racing’s ventures, transitioning from its established presence in stock car racing to the high-profile world of MotoGP.
The Trackhouse Racing MotoGP team will enter as an independent entity, aligning itself as a key partner with the renowned Aprilia team and constructor based in Italy. The collaboration solidifies Trackhouse Racing’s commitment to diversifying its motorsports portfolio, offering fans a thrilling intersection of technology, talent and speed.
Formed through a joint venture partnership between US racing driver and entrepreneur Ryan Marks and the internationally acclaimed US rapper Pitbull, Trackhouse Racing brings a unique blend of motorsports expertise and cultural influence to the MotoGP stage.
Trackhouse Racing’s MotoGP team will operate in tandem with Aprilia, utilising the manufacturer’s cutting-edge prototypes in the races. The two bikes will be piloted by Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez, promising a formidable presence on the grid after the pair both finished top-20 overall in the 2023 MotoGP riders’ standings riding for the CryptoData RNF MotoGP Team.
“In the most competitive era the sport has ever seen, it’s even more vital than ever to have strong independent teams on the grid with solid projects,” said Carlos Ezpelete, Chief Sporting Officer at MotoGP’s promoter Dorna Sports.
“Trackhouse working with Aprilia, who will offer extensive support, is a really exciting prospect too. The RS-GP is a winning motorcycle and the combination of the bike, factory, and Trackhouse’s approach with this team is something super exciting for MotoGP fans everywhere.”
🇺🇸 @TrackhouseMoto is ready to switch gears and land in #MotoGP! 🆕@_moliveira88 and @25RaulFernandez will be lining up on the grid for the American outfit running Aprilia machinery ✅#HSIN pic.twitter.com/C8TDYa6x14
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) December 5, 2023
Aprilia Chief Executive Massimo Rivola echoed these sentiments.
“[Aprilia and Trackhouse] were immediately in sync both in terms of technical ambitions and marketing and communication developments in such an important market as the US,” Rivola expressed.
“Our commitment will increase significantly, a responsibility we gladly take on because I am sure, it will allow us to grow even more.”
Trackhouse Racing’s entry into MotoGP comes at the expense of Malaysian team RNF Racing, which was excluded from participation in the 2024 MotoGP World Championship due to multiple breaches of the championship’s participation agreement.
Having established itself in the NASCAR Cup series since 2020, Trackhouse Racing brings a wealth of experience to the MotoGP arena. The team has participated in 108 races in the iconic elite competition, securing six victories and fostering partnerships with notable sponsors, including a collaboration with whiskey brand Howler Head ahead of the 2022 season.
As Trackhouse Racing gears up for its maiden MotoGP season, motorsports enthusiasts can anticipate a thrilling blend of American racing prowess and global talent, setting the stage for a captivating 2024 season.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) December 5, 2023