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May 25th, 2018, 01:54 AM   #1
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Silly Season 2018

I thought rather than the fragmented discussion for silly season that's going on we could have one thread

Off the top of my head. Will update when needed.

Confirmed
Marquez - Honda
Rossi - Yamaha
Vinales - Yamaha
Dovi - Ducati
Rins - Suzuki
Zarco - KTM
Pol - KTM
Oliveira - Tech 3 KTM
Morbidelli - VDS, though this could be up in the air
Crutchlow - LCR
Naka - LCR


Empty rides
1 x Repsol Honda
1 x Factory Suzuki
1 X Factory Ducati
1 X Pramac Ducat
1 X Aprilia
1 X KTM tech 3


Riders without a contract
Lorenzo
Pedrosa
Iannone
Petrucci
Miller - guaranteed a GP19 but not confirmed if Pramac or Factory
Smith
Luthi
Redding
Syahrin

Yamaha still looking for a satellite team.

Rumours.
Mir has already signed with Suzuki and it could be announced at Mugello
Repsol have been in contact with Rea

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Much as I'd like to see another competitive Brit in moto gp Rea just hasn't got the extra nth of speed and talent to be worthy of the Repsol seat.
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Much as I'd like to see another competitive Brit in moto gp Rea just hasn't got the extra nth of speed and talent to be worthy of the Repsol seat.
And Redding and probably Smith are goners i reckon
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And Redding and probably Smith are goners i reckon
I think Smith has a future in being a test rider, very good at translating his feeling on the bike into technical detail.
Redding could be good in moto 2 with the bigger engine.
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I think Smith has a future in being a test rider, very good at translating his feeling on the bike into technical detail.
Redding could be good in moto 2 with the bigger engine.
Smith went well at tech 3 but it's all gone to shit at KTM, it's going to be interesting to see how Zarco goes next year,they are going to have to make a massive leap forward or he might struggle to make the top 10,i think he should have gone with Honda if he was going to get Pedrosas ride, i hope they prove me wrong but i reckon KTM are a long way from having a podium bike even with Zarco on it.
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Redding said last year that he would rather kill himself than go to WSBK.
So I am guessing it will be Moto2 for him.

I didn't know that Repsol were talking to Rea. Would be great to see him in MotoGP and on a good bike. He said previously that he didn't want to make the switch without a top ride, a Repsol Honda RCV fits that bill perfectly.
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Mir and Suzuki is a done deal.

Iannone is going to Aprilia.

Lorenzo is leaving factory Ducati and his seat will be taken by Petrucci. He might end up on a Yamaha in VDS but that's only an idea right now.

Big question mark for HRC that is apparently not signing Pedrosa hence the 2 questions: where will Dani go (KTM tech3?)? Who will take his seat?
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Things are so odd on the Lorenzo thing ...... Im starting to wonder if he will be the new HRC rider.

What a team that would be!
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Things are so odd on the Lorenzo thing ...... Im starting to wonder if he will be the new HRC rider.

What a team that would be!
I'm hoping so. Lorenzo being on second rate machinery or not on the grid would be such a shame.
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Things are so odd on the Lorenzo thing ...... Im starting to wonder if he will be the new HRC rider.

What a team that would be!
Can you honestly see JLo playing Dani's role of 'humble support rider' for MM?

If this Suzuki shot is gone then JLo best go talk to Tech 3 (second factory KTM team) or start looking at MotoE or WSBK for 2019....
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