Yamaha’s next big thing?

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One big ques­tion mark that re­mains to be an­swered if Lorenzo does switch to Du­cati is who ex­actly would step in to take over from him at Yamaha. With so many riders out of con­tract, Yamaha would have the pick of the grid. A key fac­tor is likely to be fi­nances. With ti­tle spon­sor Mo­vis­tar set to re­main with the Yamaha team, it looks al­most cer­tain that a Span­ish rider would be favoured to re­place Lorenzo.

The team will also be af­ter some­one young and full of prom­ise; some­one they can use to build an or­der of suc­ces­sion for Rossi’s al­mostinevitable de­par­ture in two years time.

And the per­fect can­di­date al­ready ex­ists in the form of Suzuki rider Mav­er­ick Viñales. Tipped by Rossi him­self as the next big thing, the young Spa­niard is still far from the fin­ished ar­ti­cle – but al­ready he has shown that he has the pace to run at the front on a de­vel­op­ing Suzuki.

With nur­tur­ing from ex­pe­ri­enced Yamaha bosses Lin Jarvis and Mas­simo Mere­galli, and also with Rossi to learn from, it would be the per­fect place for Viñales to ma­ture into a bona fide Mo­togp alien.

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