Stefan Bradl has recently sat down and given his thoughts on the riders that could ride for Repsol Honda next year in place of Marc Marquez.
It is now a very widely known fact that Marquez is on his way out of HRC and is heading for Italy and Ducati. But the rider who will fill his very big boots is yet to be announced or decided.
The Honda test rider, Stefan Bradl, who has been testing at Jerez, spoke to GPone.com about the riders who could potentially replace the eight-time World Champion.
"Fabio Di Giannantonio might arrive and in my opinion it would be a good thing," said Bradl.
"Because he is young and doesn't have too much experience in MotoGP. Maybe he will find himself on a more difficult bike, but he won't think about it too much. He will just be focused on going fast."
Bradl seemingly likes the idea of a younger rider like Di Giannantonio coming in to replace to Marquez. But he also went on to discuss a more experienced rider who could have slotted in Marquez's place.
"On the other hand a rider like (Johann) Zarco for example, has a lot of experience in MotoGP and can bring it from Ducati to us, but his habit of using another bike can also be a limit.
"Then also the fact that Marc (Marquez) left us with a year to go on his contract doesn't make things easy, because all the other big names in MotoGP have contracts until the end of 2024. It is not easy for Honda to have lost Marc now."
There have recently been other names such as Fermin Aldeguer thrown about. However, Bradl was not going to count himself out as a potential Marquez replacement.
"Yes I often still feel like a real rider," stated Bradl. "We talked about it a lot with Honda, but there is also a test program to carry out, there is a lot of work to do. I feel good in this role and it is necessary to have a project.
"I could have gotten on the race bike for a year, but then they would have looked for another rider. And who would have replaced me in the test team? Even finding a fast test rider, with experience who understands what happens on the bike, is not easy at all.
"I'm pretty sure I'll remain the Honda tester also for 2024."