MotoGP Gossip 2018 – Morbidelli, Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar,

Franco Morbidelli to try and return from injury at the German MotoGP.

Franco Morbidelli hopes to make a return to MotoGP action at this weekend’s Sachsenring round.

The Marc VDS Honda rider fractured the third metacarpal in his left hand during Saturday morning practice at Assen, ruling him out of the Dutch race.

But the Italian – tipped to join the new SIC satellite Yamaha team in 2019 – did not require surgery and hopes to have recovered enough to be passed fit by medical officials for this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

If Morbidelli is not passed fit to ride, Marc VDS will announce a replacement rider on Thursday. (crash)

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Angel Nieto Team joins forces with SIC to take up its MotoGP grid slots next season running Yamaha machinery.

The Angel Nieto Team, owned by former racer Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’, has reached an agreement with the Sepang International Circuit to form a new MotoGP team, which is expected to receive backing from Petronas, and has taken up the satellite Yamaha team.

The long-rumoured deal will see SIC take over the grid places of the Spanish team, which joined MotoGP on satellite Ducati machinery in 2010.

The team then rotated through Aprilia and Honda bikes before returning to Ducati from the start of 2016. Alvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham currently form the team’s line-up, with SIC currently competes in both the Moto2 and Moto3 classes. Martinez has been retained as a Sporting Advisor to the team from 2019.

Yamaha has confirmed a signing of memorandum of understanding with SIC which will see the team run the Japanese manufacturer’s bike in a planned three-year deal.

Riders for the new team are still to be announced, but Dani Pedrosa and Franco Morbidelli were rumoured to be the favoured line-up. (crash)

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