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With a strong first year as a fac­tory rider un­der his belt in 2015 and a strong pre­sea­son so far in 2016, it’s hard to imag­ine that the Ital­ian fac­tory will be out to re­place An­drea Ian­none for next sea­son.

If he can con­tinue in the early part of the sea­son the way he raced last year, with only six fin­ishes out­side the top six to his name, it’s hard to see a rush to se­cure the ser­vices of an­other rider – un­less, that is, a shock move from some­one like Lorenzo to the team up­sets the ap­ple cart. Even then, though, with Ian­none most likely draw­ing the smaller salary from Du­cati, it’s seems more prob­a­ble that it would be his more ex­pe­ri­enced (and, im­por­tantly, more ex­pen­sive) team-mate Dovizioso get­ting the boot.

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