WHAT NEXT?

DANI PE­DROSA

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Pe­drosa is se­cond only to Jorge Lorenzo in terms of ru­mours about where the top rid­ers in Mo­togp might end up next year.

The most per­sis­tent of those ru­mours, though, is that he’ll land at KTM for 2017, join­ing the Aus­trian man­u­fac­turer as the per­fect fast de­vel­op­ment rider.

Fur­ther back­ing up that the­ory is that KTM’S first foray into the premier class looks set to be heav­ily backed by fel­low Aus­trian firm Red Bull, a long time per­sonal spon­sor of Pe­drosa’s.

And if the Spa­niard were to leave Honda – far from a cer­tainty, af­ter 11 sea­sons with Rep­sol Honda and an en­tire GP ca­reer with the man­u­fac­turer – it would leave a big hole to be filled.

With­out a doubt num­ber one on Honda’s hit list would be rookie sen­sa­tion Mav­er­ick Viñales (if Yamaha don’t get there first!). Then there’s an­other Mar­quez to con­sider, with Marc ad­mit­ting to MCN in 2014 that he would love to be joined by his brother Alex as team-mate in the fu­ture…

That op­tion is also likely to cre­ate much less ten­sion in the Rep­sol garage than if Honda were to ap­point the other ris­ing star Alex Rins. Locked in a feud with the younger Mar­quez since their Moto3 clashes, Marc might not be the most wel­com­ing team-mate!

Arm pump cured, Pe­drosa’s fully fit Strug­gling to get to grips with the RCV, Pe­drosa’s got a moun­tain to climb in 2016 Even the Honda is sprout­ing wings

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