With Jorge Lorenzo now confirmed as staying alongside Valentino Rossi at the factory Yamaha team for 2010, attention is starting to switch to the two satellite M1 rides at Monster Yamaha Tech 3.
While James Toseland's future hangs in the balance, Colin Edwards is strongly placed to remain at Herve Poncharal's team for a third season - since he holds fifth in the world championship, as the leading satellite rider, and has taken a podium finish.
The Texan has confirmed he wants to stay but, while some riders are rumoured to have offered their services to Tech 3 for free, Edwards is waiting to see what kind of financial package is on offer.
“I don't know; we'll do something,” he said of 2010. “At the end of the day, I enjoy riding a motorcycle. So I'd like to stay where I am and with Yamaha. Of course, we have to see financially if everything fits together.”
And Edwards isn't just concerned about his own finances, he also thinks that the new technical rules - designed to cut maintenance and running costs by limiting the number of engine changes - should be relaxed.
“The guy that came up with this five engines for seven races, I need to have a talk with him,” said Edwards, who blamed the new engine restrictions for sapping his Yamaha's power in the recent Czech Republic Grand Prix. “I'm never happy about that.
“I think next year is going to be really difficult for everybody, six engines for 18 races. That's a hint to everybody out there. We're not in economic slowdown anymore, I think we're coming out of it, so let's change that rule quick!” he joked.
Yamaha's WSBK title contender Ben Spies, plus Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen and LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet are among a long list of riders also linked with Tech 3 for next season.