Updated following Alvaro Bautista's contract extension with Aspar Ducati ...

Repsol Honda Marc Marquez (End of 2018) Dani Pedrosa (End of 2018)

Movistar Yamaha Valentino Rossi (End of 2018) Maverick Vinales (End of 2018)

Ducati Team Jorge Lorenzo (End of 2018) Andrea Dovizioso (End of 2018)

Suzuki Andrea Iannone (End of 2018) Alex Rins (End of 2018)

KTM Bradley Smith (End of 2018) Pol Espargaro (End of 2018)

Aprilia Gresini Aleix Espargaro (End of 2018) Sam Lowes (End of 2018)* *Aprilia admit to speaking with other riders for next season.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Jonas Folger (End of 2018) Johann Zarco (End of 2018)

LCR Honda Cal Crutchlow (HRC contract until end of 2019) Takaaki Nakagami* ? *LCR tipped to add a second bike for 2018.

Marc VDS Honda* Franco Morbidelli (End of 2019, option for 2020) Jack Miller (HRC contract until end of 2017. Linked with Pramac Ducati) Tito Rabat (End of 2017. Linked with Avintia Ducati) * Marc VDS Honda contract with HRC ends this season. Still discussing the package for 2018.

Pramac Ducati Danilo Petrucci (Contracted to Ducati, end of 2018)

Scott Redding (Contracted to Ducati, end of 2017. Linked with Aprilia if loses seat to Miller)

Avintia Ducati Hector Barbera (End of 2017) Loris Baz (End of 2017)

Aspar Ducati Alvaro Bautista (End of 2018) Karel Abraham (End of 2017)

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According to paddock rumour, the riders most at risk of losing their seats are Rabat, Lowes, Redding, Baz, Barbera, & Abraham.

Most of those riders could probably save their sides with a big result or two, but I think Rabat is as good as gone from MVDS.

The Suzuki situation is the next domino to fall. Bautista will jump ship to Suzuki if Iannone leaves.

Aprilia want AI

Pramac want Morbidelli

And MarcVDS is gonna be waiting for the leftovers.

Sadly, Jack is gonna end up with the best spot leftover from the fallout. He could land anywhere tbh.

Marc VDS is just a holding pen for talent. And it's not like Honda has any spots with Repsol opening up any time soon.

It's a dead-end ride. On a bike that's largely been struggling.

If Marc VDS was smart they'd jump to another mfg. It would make them far more attractive to potential suitors.

That's why Pramac is attractive.

Don't really know what to think about this years silly season.. At Mugello Francesco Guidotti says that priority is to keep both riders at Pramac and they were already talking with both.. Then we get some reports that say completely different.. And then we get this mess at Aprilia with Sam and at Suzuki with Iannone.. Will be very interesting to see how this silly season will end this year, but to be honest I don't expect many changes.. More next year, when all Factory teams will have seats open.. But would love Michael Van der Mark and PJ Jacobsen in MotoGP soon...

Honda won twice this year. Cal is competitive. I think Morbidelli will do better next year than current mvds squad on a 2017 honda.

'Franco Morbidelli tipped to step-up if he wins Moto2 title', if he wins and if if he doesn't win too because Mir has already been signed to replace him, and Alex Marquez has said he's staying another year in moto2.

I'm not sure about Nakagami, but if they are looking for a japanese rider he is the fastest around, there hasn't been one since Aoyama, but at least Aoyama was 250 champion.

I wonder will Luthi ever go to motogp, maybe it's too late for him as he's 30.

Next year will be much of the same as this, so far only Morbidelli makes the move so theres only one seat is up for grabs, I have read on amother site Penned by Matteo Aglio thst Lowes is pretty safe. Aprilia wanted Petrucci and lost that name so it looks like the Noale team a hedging on stability in the team and then develop and wait for next year's musical chairs big movers.
Not sure if Miller has the Pramac deal either it's possible signing Petrucci may have scuppered him

Alvaro has been a revelation on the Ducati this year, I would think he'll keep his seat.

Likewise Petrux has had a good year so far.

Not convinced Tito, Redding are safe, and would like to know a bit more about the "performance clause" in Sam's contract that could be activated after 1 year? Seriously, Aprilia?

Lucky there aren't many Moto2 riders this year that are likely to be realistically considered for a move up... maybe Jacobsen could come over from WSS?

Rabat and Lowes are gonna suffer in the end anyway.
I hope Morbidelli finds a spot in Pramac. that will be cracking. Ducati can provide latest bike as they do with Petrucci. Lets not waste his talent as Honda did with Jack by pushing him on one year old bikes.
And Redding for Aprilia then???

I would like to see Dani P have a go on that Zuk. Obviously he's contracted thru next year so I will have to wait and see... I think Marc and his super aggressive style has developed a bike that is just too stiff for little Dani. Dani was a lot more consistent before Marc arrived. And of course Honda is doing the right thing by following their fastest rider.. Dani is just too small to get the bike to generate grip like Marc and Cal and they both brake harder so that is how the machine is setup to work optimally