Tech 3 MotoGP boss Hervé Poncharal sounds doubtful about being able to keep Johann Zarco beyond the end of 2018 (when almost all riders are out of contract). When asked if he’d like to keep the highly rated Frenchman, Poncharal said “I would like to, but it’s a dream. Our team has a budget that is significantly smaller than the salary of just one of the best four or five riders in MotoGP." - GP One

Franco Morbidelli has stated that being referred to as the ’new Rossi’ is started to put pressure on him. The Italian rider has recently been compared to his fellow compatriot and said “I’ve known Vale since he was 13. He’s taught me a lot so far, but now we’re going to be rivals” and when asked about the comparison Morbidelli said “It’s impossible to be like him, I’m going to try to make my own story and see what happens." - Marca

Andrea Dovizioso has revealed that he has no doubts that he will be competing for the title next year. The Ducati rider said “I know how tough it is to win the world championship but we know the how and whys behind everything that we did well this year. I don’t have any real doubts about the fact that I can fight again next year." - GP One

Pol Espargaro has revealed that his older brother Aleix wishes to work with a sports psychologist next season. Pol explained that he can understand why this would be necessary as his brother is ’super, super nervous’ ahead of races - “For me, this is not a stupid approach. Drivers and athletes who need such mental support should get it." - Speed Week

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