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Sito Pons favourite for final MotoGP grid place?

Sito Pons on verge of MotoGP return in 2017?
Sito Pons has emerged as favourite for the final MotoGP grid place available for 2017.

KTM's arrival in the premier-class will raise the present grid to 23 entries, one short of the target figure.

As such IRTA, FIM and Dorna recently invited applications for the 24th place. The initial submission deadline is Friday 29th April.

But according to it will go to Pons.

The Spaniard currently runs the title-winning Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Moto2 team, but prior to 2006 he had a multi race-winning Honda 500cc/MotoGP project featuring the likes of Alex Barros, Loris Capirossi, Makoto Tamada and Max Biaggi.

Pons' potential choice of 2017 machinery is unclear, but next year's rules state that each manufacturer is obliged to supply two satellite machines if requested. Honda, Yamaha and Ducati already fulfil such criteria, but Suzuki and Aprilia currently have no satellite entries.

Speedweek also suggests Pons is keen to rehire its former Moto2 champion Pol Espargaro as the rider. The Spaniard's place at Tech 3 is safer following Bradley Smith's 2017 switch to KTM, but Espargaro may feel he has little room to progress within Yamaha - assuming Jorge Lorenzo stays.

As well as Espargaro, Maverick Vinales passed through the Pons Moto2 team on his way to MotoGP. Alex Rins (pictured with Pons) is tipped to continue the trend by joining Yamaha next season, although if Pons gets the MotoGP place maybe he could convince Rins to stay...

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March 30, 2016 6:36 AM

MotoStar: That's very interesting but better for Rins to go to the experienced team at Tech 3 Yamaha. Otherwise it will be more difficult for him the same as it has been for Rabat so far.
Rins and Rabat are 2 very different riders. Rins has always been fast in GP's, Rabat hasn't. It took him a long time to build up to his current level.


March 30, 2016 10:52 AM

Abefan: Jlo won't go to ducati cos he hasn't the swingers. There is a chance Pedro will be binned (finally) so that might open a fill factory hrc seat for jlo? KTM will probably pair kallio with smith if they can't pay Pedro enough. Looks like it might be runs and zarco at tech3 and pol on a 3rd Suzuki. There is also a chance Suzuki might be looking to replace vinales if he goes to fill Pedro's seat . Mental Solly season coming up, love it.
He doesn't need to go to Ducati. Why go to a factory that doesn't suit your riding style? That Ducati still doesn't lean like when Stoner used to ride looks upright in the corners compared to the Yamaha and Honda. And to raise your point about having balls? Doohan and Rainey didn't either did they? Rossi left to go to Ducati for 2 and because he couldn't cope with having a decent team mate.

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