The saga over the future of rising MotoGP star Maverick Vinales looks to be over.

Multiple sources in the Spanish media are now reporting that Vinales will indeed leave Suzuki and join Yamaha next season, in place of departing world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Vinales had been favourite to take over the ride, alongside Valentino Rossi, following last month's confirmation that Lorenzo is switching to Ducati.

But some reports then stated that Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, previously considered a possible 'Plan B' should Vinales stay on the GSX-RR, would now get the M1 ride.

Both Honda and Yamaha denied such a deal was done and the general paddock consensus was that it remained up to Vinales to choose.

That decision now looks to have been made, with even El Pais - which caused a stir at Le Mans by saying Pedrosa would get the Yamaha seat - declaring Vinales has signed a two-year Yamaha deal, to be announced this Thursday at Mugello.

As for what may have been behind the Pedrosa rumours: "In the end maybe it's just a good way for Yamaha to put pressure on Vinales," Honda's Livio Suppo suggested in France. However Yamaha claimed to be equally surprised by the reports.

Vinales claimed his debut MotoGP podium at that event, also the first for Suzuki since its 2015 MotoGP return. Some thought the result might tempt him to stay, but instead it looks like being a goodbye present.

Ducati are yet to decide which of their current riders, Andrea Iannone or Andrea Dovizioso, will remain alongside Lorenzo. Whoever leaves is tipped to be high-up on Suzuki's list of replacements for Vinales.

Or how about Alex Rins? The Moto2 title leader is known to be seeking a factory MotoGP ride for 2017...



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