Reale Avintia Racing remains the only MotoGP team yet to confirm either of its riders for the 2018 season.

Rumours at the Red Bull Ring in Austria suggest both Hector Barbera and Loris Baz are facing a fight to retain their satellite Ducati seats.

The two names hotly tipped as in contention are Tito Rabat (currently at Marc VDS) and Xavier Simeon (currently Tasca Racing in Moto2).

Both are reported to be capable of bringing significant money, especially Simeon, off the podium since his victory in the 2015 German Moto2 Grand Prix.

Baz is 15th in the world championship on a GP15-spec machine, with Barbera ranked 20th on the GP16.

Rabat is 18th in MotoGP and Simeon 16th in Moto2.



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