SUZUKI ARE KEY IN CON­TRACT TALKS

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Suzuki and Mav­er­ick Viñales have be­come the fo­cal point of 2017’s con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions, as the young Spa­niard con­sid­ers of­fers not only to join Valentino Rossi at the Mo­vis­tar Yamaha squad but also to re­main with Suzuki for a third sea­son.

He is fi­nally on a GSX-RR that is start­ing to come good, as ev­i­denced by an­other strong run to sixth and fifth for him and team-mate Aleix Es­par­garo re­spec­tively at Jerez (a track they had ex­pected to cause prob­lems).

And the young­ster has now also put a time frame on when he will make his de­ci­sion, con­firm­ing the ru­mours that he wants to have his deal sorted for the next round in Le Mans in two weeks’ time.

“I want to make a de­ci­sion fast, be­cause now that Lorenzo has made his move, I want to have mine done too. The race made me think – when you see Yamaha first and sec­ond and we are fifth and sixth you won­der, even though I trust Suzuki and am con­fi­dent they can show us re­sults.”

His move is likely to also set of a chain of events as the rider mar­ket con­tin­ues to fluc­tu­ate. With Aleix Es­par­garo do­ing a good job at the week­end to stake his claim for keep­ing his Suzuki seat, a num­ber of rid­ers have been linked to join­ing him, in­clud­ing both An­drea Ian­none and An­drea Dovizioso, Dani Pe­drosa, and Brit Cal Crutchlow.

‘I want to make a de­ci­sion fast now that Lorenzo has made his move. I want it done’

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