Andrea Iannone says his MotoGP future will be confirmed “in a few days” as speculation grows at Suzuki after seeing teammate Alex Rins secure a new two-year deal during the build-up to the French round.

The Italian rider heads to Le Mans after recording back-to-back MotoGP podiums for the first time in his career and – marking it as his best start to a season since 2015 – and he is eager to maintain his newly-found momentum having made a breakthrough with the GSX-RR after a difficult first year with Suzuki.

Iannone saw teammate Rins confirm a new contract to stay at Suzuki until 2020 which has increased attention on the second spot at the factory team with the Italian’s current deal expiring at the end of this season.

While Iannone remains in the frame – with Jorge Lorenzo also been linked to a move to the team – the Italian rider confirmed at the pre-event French MotoGP press conference his future would be confirmed soon.

“I think I’m confident about this [MotoGP future],” Iannone said. “But in a few days everybody will know what will happen with my future.

“Alex is a really young and talented rider so I am happy for him. Last year unfortunately he had many injuries but this year he claimed the first podium and showed really high potential. I’m really happy about Alex and about Suzuki.”

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Focusing on the French round Iannone accepts the Bugatti circuit hasn’t been a place which holds fond memories, with his best result a fifth place in 2015, but having achieved consecutive podiums he’s eager to see where he stacks up this weekend.

“We arrive from a really good period for us,” he said. “This year we’ve started in a good way, from Austin, I think practice by practice we’ve always improved the feeling with the bike and then the result.

“Last year this track was difficult for us but in any case I think this year we’ve arrived in a completely different way and a different situation. The bike has improved a lot during the winter and I think we have a good chance to stay close to the top riders and top manufacturers.”

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