Wednesday’s announcement of Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa to continue with the team alongside Marc Marquez, along with last week’s news of Valentino Rossi extending his contract with Yamaha, has hurt Jorge Lorenzo’s bargaining power when it comes to negotiating terms with Yamaha for an extended contract.
Though it would come as no surprise to see Lorenzo to continue with the Factory Yamaha team, most everything else regarding this winter’s MotoGP silly season is still up in the air.
Pol Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow have contracts running through 2015, yet both of them may still wind up being thrown into the rider pool for next season.
SuperSport.com reports that Espargaro has the option to look for another team if he so chooses to at the end of 2014. Yet, currently sitting seventh in the points in his rookie season, Espargaro claims that the chances of him leaving Monster Yamaha Tech 3 are unlikely.
Crutchlow, meanwhile, has expressed his concerns with his Ducati Racing bike all season and, though he may have a contract running through 2015, he also has the option to back out and ride for another team..
With both seats on the Ducati Team potentially up for grabs, names such as Andrea Iannone, who has impressed so far this season on his Pramac Racing Ducati, could be looking at securing a solid ride. Pramac Racing has expressed interest in Stefan Bradl if Iannone moves up.
That move would open up a factory-supported Honda ride for 2015, of which Scott Redding has expressed interest in, claiming that he has paid his dues on the “consumer” Honda, currently sitting 12th in the points.
A Yamaha-supported ride will also be open at the close of 2014 in the Forward Racing Team with American rider Colin Edwards announcing his retirement from the sport earlier this year.
The Marc VDS team is also talking about entering the premier division with rumors of Jack Miller, a Moto3 rider, bypassing Moto2 and becoming part of the series.
Among the other riders who will be trying to make the most of the silly season and secure the best ride at the best price possible for 2015 are Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista.
With this weekend’s MotoGP race at Germany marking the halfway point of the season, it will be time for some of these riders to really amp up their game if they want to remain on a competitive bike next year.
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