Jonathan Rea looks set to remain at the Pata-backed Ten Kate Honda squad for the 2014 World Superbike season.
The highly-rated Ulsterman, currently recovering from a broken femur, has never made a secret of his MotoGP ambitions.
Rea did a solid job while replacing Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner for several rounds of the 2012 season, but - with no factory MotoGP machinery available - is on the verge of signing for a sixth WSBK season with Ten Kate Honda.
"We have not put the signature on the contract, but we have reached an agreement and it should be just a formality," GPOne.com
reports Carlo Fiorani, Head of Honda Racing Europe, as saying.
Rea, replaced by Michel Fabrizio
during his recovery, remains optimistic that he will return to action before the end of the season, at Jerez on October 20. Leon Haslam, who also broke a femur earlier this year, rides the other Ten Kate CBR1000RR.