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Pos­si­bly the most spec­u­lated about of all the rid­ers on the grid for 2017, won­der boy Mav­er­ick Viñales – tipped by Rossi as the next big thing – has been linked to just

about ev­ery fac­tory team.

The big­gest spec­u­la­tion, though, in­volves Mo­vis­tar Yamaha, and maybe even Rossi’s seat as the nine-time world cham­pion con­tin­ues to ponder whether to con­tinue on in the class. How­ever, with Du­cati also ad­mit­ting to mak­ing a strong bid for Jorge Lorenzo, the young Spa­niard could eas­ily be tasked with fill­ing the world cham­pion’s shoes.

But there’s also the op­por­tu­nity to re­main where he is at Suzuki on the rapidly-im­prov­ing GSX-RR. With a bike that now looks ca­pa­ble of win­ning and that is tailored to him, and a con­tract op­tion avail­able to him, the best bet for

Viñales could well be to stay where he is.

He’s also ad­mit­ted that stay­ing with Suzuki is a re­al­is­tic op­tion, say­ing that he’ll make a de­ci­sion partly based on just how com­pet­i­tive the GSX-RR turns out to be come the first few races.

Get ready to see a lot more of this ma­chine Viñales stunned with his per­for­mances at the Qatar test

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