Stefan Bradl heads to his home German MotoGP with plenty of speculation surrounding his 2015 plans.
Eighth in the championship with a best race finish of fourth means Bradl's LCR Honda future - like that of Alvaro Bautista at Gresini Honda - remains uncertain.
However the 24-year-old, whose timely debut pole and podium at Laguna Seca 2013 secured this year's LCR extension, looks to have plenty of options.
Pramac Ducati boss Paolo Campinoti recently confirmed to the official MotoGP website that if Cal Crutchlow does not take up his 2016 Factory Ducati option then Andrea Iannone will “automatically” get the seat.
Under such circumstances, Campinoti named Bradl as among “several good riders” who could be on the market to take Iannone's place alongside Yonny Hernandez.
states that Aprilia, which may bring its official MotoGP return forward from 2016 to 2015, are also interested in Bradl. However racing boss Romano Albesiano doubted they could tempt the German for next year due to the present ART machine's lack of competitiveness.
But the biggest surprise is confirmed by Bradl himself, who would consider stepping back down to Moto2, where he was world champion in 2011.
"My priority is to stay with Honda and LCR," Bradl told Speedweek
. "But if I cannot get top material in MotoGP I have to consider going back to Moto2 for one year. Kallio has gone back from MotoGP and is winning, Toni Elias won the Moto2 title in his first year in the class after returning from MotoGP."
With Bradl the only German rider in the MotoGP field, Dorna would surely be reluctant to see him leave the premier-class unless countrymen such as Jonas Folger, Sandro Cortese or Marcel Schrotter were promoted to the top tier.