Marc Marquez was refusing to give anything away ahead of a crucial Japanese MotoGP as Honda bids to use its home event at Motegi as its opportunity to convince him to stay.
Marquez, who has raced with Honda since his premier class debut in 2013 and won six MotoGP world titles with the manufacturer, still has a year remaining on a long-term five-year deal he signed back in 2019.
However, a combination persistent injury woes and Honda’s slide in competitiveness have led Marquez to consider options to leave his deal early.
As it stands, Marquez has been considering an offer from the Gresini Racing team to join his brother Alex Marquez on a year-old Ducati package.
Though many have speculated that the deal is already done, it is thought Honda will use this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP as a chance to bring out the big guns to convince him to stay until at least the end of his contract.
For now, Marquez remains tight-lipped as to his future, though has intimated that an announcement is due fairly soon.
"In my mind, I am quite clear," he said. "On the mental side, I don’t have any doubt about me or what’s best for the situation.
"We are working not only here, but in the past races, to find the best to have a better future for the project. To have the best results as soon as possible. The target is the same - to find the best way."
"I mean, maybe. What can they say to convince you? Maybe I am convinced already!" added the eight-time world champion.
"I never said ‘right or left’. I said ‘I want to find the best solution’. I want what’s best for the project.
"We are working together, the relationship isn’t rider-manufacturer. It’s a special relationship, many years together. They gave me many things, I gave them many things."
Marquez returns to Motegi - where he is a three-time Japanese MotoGP winner with Honda - on the back of his strongest race weekend of the year in India, culminating in a Sprint Race podium.