Yamaha is now amid a 23-race winless streak in MotoGP, and the Iwata-based manufacturer has failed to even score a podium finish in the past four race weekends.
Torres will take the GP16 Ducati that was ridden by MotoGP debutant Christophe Ponsson last weekend at Misano, as Rabat continues to recover from his injuries sustained in his horror practice crash at Silverstone last month.
Dani Pedrosa will leave the Repsol Honda Team at the end of the season as his Grand Prix racing career comes to an end, but the three-time World Champion will join the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team in a test role after he’s completed his final race on board a Honda in Valencia.
Rossi courted controversy in the pre-event press conference for this weekend’s Misano round by refusing to shake Marquez’s hand, after the Spaniard had expressed a desire to “make peace” with his arch-rival.
Two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner says he is unlikely to continue in his current test role with Ducati because the manufacturer doesn’t use his feedback.
Espargaro broke his left collarbone in a crash during the Sunday warm-up at Brno and had to sit out that weekend’s race, before also missing the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone rounds.