Suzuki is close to a new deal with Aussie Chris Vermeulen.
A deal for Vermeulen, who is Suzuki’s most successful rider since Kenny Roberts Junior won the 2000 500cc world title, is expected too be finalised shortly.
Italian veteran Loris Capirossi has also agreed a new deal, which could be announced this weekend in Misano.
Suzuki is certainly closing in on a new Vermeulen deal, with further talks scheduled in San Marino, according to Rizla team boss Paul Denning.
Both Suzuki and Vermeulen though are seeking a speedy conclusion to final discussions and Denning told MCN: “We are asking the factory as they sign and write out the cheque to move things on as quickly as possible so we all know where we are going. If there is a problem for both Chris and Suzuki we both need to look at alternative plans. But I’d like to think it will be resolved extremely quickly.”
While Denning said Suzuki was still negotiating with Vermeulen’s representatives, he made no mention of on-going discussions with Capirossi’s manager Carlo Pernat. That strongly suggests Capirossi’s renewal is a mere formality and Denning added: “We won’t be making an announcement on Loris until the paperwork is official. But to all intents and purposes Suzuki and Loris want to move forward.”