Eugene Laverty may well remain in World Superbike on a third factory Aprilia following emergency talks at Jerez on Monday.
The Irishman was due to fly out on Monday night but a last-minute call saw him order his bags to be taken out of the hold and he travelled back to the Spanish circuit for discussions with new Aprilia race boss Romano Albesiano, who has replaced Gigi Dall’Igna.
Laverty was in advanced talks with the Pramac Ducati team for a switch to MotoGP but negotations have slowed to a crawl. Laverty also has a firm offer from Paul Denning’s Fixi Suzuki team as a back-up plan.
"My situation for next season seems to change every day. Aprilia are very keen to keep me in World Superbikes on a factory-supported bike and I am very interested," said Laverty, speaking to bikesportnews.com this evening.
"Their new racing manager Romano Albesiano admits that his only wish would be to turn back the clock and we could have easily have avoided this situation months earlier.
"Ducati have a big interest in taking me to MotoGP but as I have said before, everything must be right if I am to make the switch to MotoGP. I have been there before just to make up the numbers and my intention has always been to return on the right terms.
"I feel privileged that Fixi Suzuki have been so keen to obtain my signature but I cannpt keep them waiting forever. A decision must be made soon."