The CryptoDATA RNF team has encountered a dramatic development in its journey, as the MotoGP Selection Committee has announced the revocation of the team's grid positions for the forthcoming 2024 season. The committee, comprising members from FIM, IRTA, and Dorna Sports, issued a statement on Monday announcing their resolution to disqualify the team from the roster for the year 2024. The committee will evaluate applications for a new Independent Team that will utilise Aprilia machinery as a replacement on the grid.
The statement said: "The MotoGP Selection Committee, comprising members of FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports, have decided not to select the CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team for the 2024 season. Repeated infractions and breaches of the Participation Agreement affecting the public image of MotoGP have obliged this decision. The Selection Committee will be reviewing applications for a new Independent Team, using Aprilia machinery, to join the MotoGP class grid for 2024."
The statement was made the day before the first 2024 preseason test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, and neither the team nor Aprilia have responded as of yet.
MotoGP: CryptoDATA RNF Aprilia Team
After Petronas and the Sepang Racing Team pulled out of MotoGP at the end of the 2021 season, the RNF team was formed. Razali, the former team manager of SRT, bought the team and fielded Yamaha motorcycles in 2022 before striking a partnership with Aprilia for the current season.
Along with Razali's plan to sell a controlling stake in the team to the Romanian company CryptoDATA in 2023, the team also acquired a title partnership with the corporation. Despite these advances, the team has been unable to attain considerable success. RNF finished the 2022 season in 11th place out of 12 teams and is now in ninth place out of 11 teams.
In the end, the CryptoDATA RNF Aprilia Team was able to clinch the 8th place position in the rankings for the 2023 MotoGP Teams.
MotoGP: 2024 Valencia Test
The season finale featured an epic battle between Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin, finishing off an outstanding racing season.
Marc Marquez will ride a Ducati for the first time on November 28 at the Valencia postseason test. The speed he shows in his first outing after leaving Honda could set the tone for the rest of the 2024 season. As if that wasn't enough, Franco Morbidelli, who recently left Yamaha to join Pramac, will be making his Ducati debut as well.
Meanwhile, Alex Rins will inherit the Yamaha, marking a significant change for the skilled racer. The forthcoming test is more than just a performance trial for well-known names for newcomers like Pedro Acosta, who will be testing MotoGP gear for the first time on November 28th.