Dani Pedrosa remains adamant his priority is to remain an official factory Honda rider in 2015.
The Spaniard has been linked with a lucrative switch to lead Suzuki’s new 1000cc project, but he is keen to secure a new deal with HRC, despite the prospect of having to take a big pay cut.
Serious talks between Honda and Pedrosa will kick off now teammate Marc Marquez has inked a new two-year deal to stay on an RC213V machine until the end of 2016.
Pedrosa has never captured the MotoGP title in eight previous attempts and after finishing down in fifth in Le Mans, he now trails Marquez by a massive 42-points after just five rounds.
Pedrosa said: “My first choice is to stay with Honda. I have many years with them and they will be the first I speak with. But you always have to keep an open possibility. I am very glad to know the interest of Suzuki, but my first talks have to be with Honda.”