much furious backroom dealing being done, and with the right names mentioned.
Good for Vinales. Although he's got a tough old row to hoe on that half arsed Suzuki comeback machine. So much for the Aegerter Suzuki eight hour ride turning into a MotoGP seat. Unless Suzuki get radical and throw two rookies in the deepest of deep ends.
You've got to wonder how much (if any) Audi would be pushing for a German to ride a Bologna Bullet. Folger as Nr.2 to Ianonne a remote possibilty, or perhaps into the Pramac garage? Tech Tois and the energy drink conflict might be an issue. A Moto2 contract to buy out too, but I (like a few teams it seems) like the cut of this young mans racing jib. Here's hoping he's racing at the top table 2015.
Honda still quite keen on the idea of Jack Miller to MotoGP. Seems old Nakamoto-San has a bit of an Aussie fetish. For all the world he does sound tied into VDS for the next two years though. But money always talks. Are HRC willing to slosh it about for the kid? Surely if they did they'd put him on the souped up proddie bike rather than the full monty RCV?
Which kind of leaves the original question. Who gets the LCR RCV? Is there anyone better than Bradl? I wouldn't put that loose lipped wrecking ball Crutchlow on it. Miller would be enough of the non P.C quips for HRC to bear, can't see them wanting Cal slagging them too as his track record unfounded sense of entitlement would suggest may occur.If HRC are also cool on a Dovi return then Stefan might still get a reprieve given he still appears to have the backing of Lucio - quite unlike Bradley with Herve.
The assumption is Redding gets Bautista's machine, leaving Alvaro where? Fighting for the Suzuki ride?
Of course if LCR get the funding to run two bikes, where does that leave Honda. Will they be willing or able to stump up another machine? Perhaps Jack the lad will get the full fat RCV?
What does it all mean for Tito though? Is he to be a dominant Moto2
champ yet unloved by the big players of MotoGP? Do managers perhaps see
what some of us see - real or imagined - a rider that perhaps is at his
Much to play for. But are all the cards on the table during the summer recess or is there time to play another hand or two by riders to push their case? Is Jack a Jack or a Joker, or not in the deck at all? The good teams with properly finalised budgets ought to pretty much know what they want by now.
I'll leave Benny to fill in what are probably my considerable holes. He's good at this stuff.