MotoGP newcomer Franco Morbidelli believes compatriot Valentino Rossi will be very difficult to replace when the former world champion eventually retires. The Italian rider said “It is very difficult for me, all Italian riders have the task of replacing Vale when he retires, because sooner or later he will retire, unfortunately, therefore, all of us are the heirs of Vale in the sense that we will have to do everything well to replace him, it is impossible for only one to cover everything Valentino has done." - Marca

Jonathan Rea feels that he could show his potential if he went to MotoGP with the ‘right bike’. After recently being nominated for Sporting Personality of the Year, Rea said “I have no interest in going to MotoGP to suffer with an uncompetitive machine. I know that if I went to MotoGP with the right bike I could do a good job and show my potential.” when asked if the Britton if he had ever been close to a move he said “Of course, the people of MotoGP always have an eye on me and my agent is aware, I had opportunities in the past, but never with a good bike and factory support." - Marca

Lucio Cecchinello, LCR Honda principal, has admitted that he is ‘surprised’ with KTM’s performances this season and expects the team to be in the top 10 next season. Cecchinello said “KTM is now a huge company with incredibly capable engineers. They have an excellently organised racing team. I have to admit that KTM surprised everyone in the 2017 MotoGP class - me too… Looking at the results, I prophesy: KTM will be consistently in the top ten next year." - Speed Week

Suzuki’s Alex Rins has spoken about the potential ‘combination' of chassis and engine for Sepang as he begins to identify his preferences at testing in Jerez. Rins said “We tried chassis, we tried engine and we have a lot of information for Japan… I happy because with the new engine I felt more power, but I’m not allowed to say any more about it, sorry!" - Crash


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