MotoGP’s rising star Maverick Viñales has made his much anticipated move to the Factory Yamaha team, penning a two-year deal to partner Valentino Rossi for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
He will be replaced in the Suzuki team by Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, a move which guarantees the fast but erratic Italian a factory ride for the next two seasons.
It’s still not clear who will partner Iannone – Aleix Espargaro has yet to be offered a new deal, although the smart money is on the Spaniard retaining his seat.
What all this means is that the top seats are effectively locked out, but there are still tantalising moves on the cards, with rides available at Tech 3, KTM and Aprilia. Silly season isn’t over just yet…