Suzuki’s MotoGP team boss Davide Brivio has squashed rumours that he is already in talks with riders for next season but did say they are interesting in speaking with series bridesmaid Dani Pedrosa.
All the top riders are out of contract at the end of 2014 and while it seems certain Marc Marquez will remain at HRC, a shuffle of Lorenzo to Honda would see Pedrosa looking for somewhere to sit. Cal Crutchlow has, reportedly, got a clause in his two-year deal that allows him to leave Ducati at half-distance if the bike isn’t up to it.
“We still do not have any agreement with any rider and we don’t yet have a clear idea on who our future riders will be. Obviously we are talking, considering our various options, making contact with agents to see what the riders’ contract situations are and weighing up the interest in riding our bike,” said Brivio.
“Regarding Pedrosa we would have to find out if he is interested. We are currently not negotiating with anyone. Perhaps things will start to get moving in the coming weeks. It will be hard to get a top rider and we want the very strongest possible riders, but we will have to see who is up for the challenge and who wants to ride for us. It’s difficult to state names at this stage.
“Randy de Puniet is one of the candidates. The fact that he will have been working with us for two years could be a plus. We have not guaranteed anything to Randy but he is on our list of candidates.”