The switch back to 1000cc engines in MotoGP could open the grand prix door for the pack of young British stars currently making waves in the World Superbike Championship.
That's the opinion of 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden who, along with 2010 title leader Jorge Lorenzo, has been impressed by several of the leading WSBK Brits this season.
With James Toseland moving back to World Superbike, the UK is without any representation on the 2010 MotoGP grid.
In complete contrast, half of the present WSBK top ten contains British riders under the age of 30, with Leon Haslam (27) holding second in the championship for Suzuki, Jonathan Rea (23) fourth for Honda, Toseland (29) seventh for Yamaha, Leon Camier (23) ninth for Aprilia and Cal Crutchlow (24) tenth for Yamaha.
The trouble in terms of transferring that success into a MotoGP seat is that only three of the present 17 riders are from a Superbike, rather than 250cc, background: Hayden and fellow Americans Ben Spies and Colin Edwards.
Reigning WSBK champion Spies has already taken a podium finish this year and looks set to be a future MotoGP star, but at present Hayden is the only one of the trio to have won a grand prix.
Hayden's three race wins all came while riding one of the previous 990cc motorcycles, which had more in common with SBK than the heavily electronic-dependent and easily 'upset' 800s.
As such, the Ducati Marlboro star advises any WSBK Brits with MotoGP ambitions to wait until the end of the 800cc era, which is due to conclude in 2011.
"There are fast Brits in the world. Toseland was so
close to breaking through and establishing himself in MotoGP - and in World Superbike there are some Brits 'doing it'," began Hayden.
"I think Superbike is not the best breeding ground for MotoGP at the moment," he warned. "It's still possible to come through Superbike, but 125 and then Moto2 is the best option.