Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez believes rider contracts should be frozen until the end of 2021 in order to save money.
The Repsol Honda man, who has already put pen to paper in an unprecdendented four-year deal with HRC, believes that keeping riders where they are now will stop big wage demands which the sport can ill afford right now.
“The situation is difficult. In my case, I had already renewed for four years with Honda,” said Marquez.
“But it is true that there are many who have not signed a contract yet, including my brother, who all want to show that they deserve a place in MotoGP, Moto2 or Moto3.
Perhaps the teams will have to have a slightly more open mind, because one of the things already done is to freeze the motorcycles from 2020 to 2021.
“I think it is a wise move because the teams’ budget will also be affected by this virus. With rider contracts, why not do something similar? Freeze it and as if this year had not happened.
“But these are things that are not in my hands. I am calm because I have everything signed. But I still want to race because that’s where you show your value and level.”
The cynical would say that keeping everyone where they are makes life easier for the Spaniard as no-one bar Fabio Quartararo will have the chance to experience anything new.