Although it has not yet been made official, the smart money has gone on Leon Camier moving to the Red Bull Honda team for 2018 and his departure from MV Agusta has prompted a queue to form for the empty seat with MotoGP exile Loris Baz closest to the door.
Camier has done wonders with the MV - an underpowered and overweight motorcycle fettled by a small team - but the constant breakdowns have taken his patience over the edge. Team boss Andrea Quadrante will be sorry to see the former BSB champ go, but it opens up new opportunities.
It is believed that Quadrante wants to operate a two-bike WorldSBK team next season if the factory are agreeable and has a plethora of riders from which to choose. Loris Baz, who lost his Avintia Ducati MotoGP ride to Belgian TV money, is currently right in the frame but there is competition.
Jordi Torres is not yet certain of anything for next year as his Althea team boss Genesio Bevilacqua will not commit to racing next season until the rules are announced. Bevilacqua has the option to remain with BMW but could also return to Ducati as a satellite team or run Suzukis Or Yamahas.
Lorenzo Savadori’s future is not yet written in Guisborough blood as it is uncertain whether Aprilia will continue to pay the Italian’s wages at Milwaukee, so he could also be in the MV mix. Yonny Hernandez has also been mentioned as a possible for MV as his big-money backers might shell out enough for one side of a two-man team - but the South American has the small matter of his Honda World Endurance contract to consider.
MV’s own WorldSSP star PJ Jacobsen is also someone that Quadrante has an eye on. He is American and, with the sad loss of Nicky Hayden, WorldSBK needs a septic for the home fans to cheer on at Laguna Seca. And the new Argentina round will also require a local hero, so Dorna also need to make sure Tati Mercado is somewhere.
It looks like an embarrassment of riches for Quadrante and a silver lining to the cloud of Camier’s exit.