Tech 3 MotoGP boss Hervé Poncharal sounds doubtful about being able to keep Johann Zarco beyond the end of 2018 (when almost all riders are out of contract). When asked if he’d like to keep the highly rated Frenchman, Poncharal said “I would like to, but it’s a dream. Our team has a budget that is significantly smaller than the salary of just one of the best four or five riders in MotoGP." - GP One

Franco Morbidelli has stated that being referred to as the ’new Rossi’ is started to put pressure on him. The Italian rider has recently been compared to his fellow compatriot and said “I’ve known Vale since he was 13. He’s taught me a lot so far, but now we’re going to be rivals” and when asked about the comparison Morbidelli said “It’s impossible to be like him, I’m going to try to make my own story and see what happens." - Marca

Andrea Dovizioso has revealed that he has no doubts that he will be competing for the title next year. The Ducati rider said “I know how tough it is to win the world championship but we know the how and whys behind everything that we did well this year. I don’t have any real doubts about the fact that I can fight again next year." - GP One

Pol Espargaro has revealed that his older brother Aleix wishes to work with a sports psychologist next season. Pol explained that he can understand why this would be necessary as his brother is ’super, super nervous’ ahead of races - “For me, this is not a stupid approach. Drivers and athletes who need such mental support should get it." - Speed Week


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Kudos to Aleix Espargaro - He's always had the speed but hasn't been able to handle the pressure. Go get it Aleix.

If yamaha didn't put him to factory team, then he (zarco) ready go to ktm.......  Suzuki want him too, but suzuki must think twice to their bike development if they want change the rider.... I don't know about aprilia...

KTM contract for Zarco is ready on the table, but i think both of them will wait till March 2018 to talk serious about it, at least mid of season they will have sign contract....

First of all, we need to see how Zarco is going to perform in 2018, with which of the Yamaha chassis...

Is it going to be the 2017 last evolution? is it going to be an enhanced 2016?

Then, comes the consideration of salary versus having a package on which he can challenge the top tier. As we have seen before, changing from one team to the other requires training to get back to the same level as before. 

If Zarco moves from Tech 3, he will not be able to take any of his team with him, to alleviate the experience building. He will most likely need to learn a different way of working, not necessarily bad, but that creates a diversion.

Tech3 has always been a kind of an "access" team, but I am certain that with the appropriate sponsors, they would probably get the budget to keep him happy. I do not think he is very expensive yet. Besides, there are going to be newcomers that may share the spotlight with him this year. 

I could see Franco Morbidelli being a most likely choice to replace Rossi in the Yamaha official team. 

I do not see Suzuki going back to Zarco after they went a different way, thus, that leaves us with Aprilia and KTM. If I had to choose, it would be KTM for me. 

I did not like the way Aprilia treated Sam Lowes, even if Sam did not really perform well, he ought to have been given a full season to get his pace together.

It's not like Aprilia haven't done it before. Max Biaggi and Leon Camier.