RNF Aprilia have officially confirmed the signings of Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez for the 2023 MotoGP season.
Despite a late attempt to hijack his move to Aprilia, KTM will not be retaining the services of Oliveira next season.
The three-time MotoGP race winner has signed a one-year deal and is expected to be aboard this year’s RS-GP22 machine. Raul Fernandez has also agreed to a one-year deal.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Miguel Oliveira and Raúl Fernandez to the WithU RNF MotoGP Team from 2023,” said RNF Racing team owner, Razlan Razali.
“It has not been a simple process, but together with Aprilia we were very clear on the riders that we wanted.
“They are both young riders with a good combination of experience, coming from Miguel, and Raúl who I’m personally a fan of since he shocked the Moto2 category last year to become Vice Champion.
“To finally secure him, is fantastic. Both Aprilia and we believe in the talent of both riders, so we can’t wait for them to ride for us next season!”
After flirting with the idea of moves to Gresini Ducati and LCR Honda, it quickly became apparent that Oliveira was favoured to sign for RNF Racing.
On the other side of the garage, Fernandez gets his wish of wanting to leave Tech 3 KTM after a rookie season which has so far only seen him score points on two occasions.
Making their own switch of sorts – the Razali-owned RNF team moves to Aprilia machinery in 2023 after spending the last three seasons with Yamaha (two of those were under the Petronas name).