SUZUKI ARE KEY IN CONTRACT TALKS
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’