Leading MotoGP independent team Marc VDS look likely to ditch Honda at the end of this season and change manufacturers if they can secure a three-year deal.
Team boss Michael Bartholemy confirmed he has opened negotiations with Suzuki, among others, although he was beaten to the punch by Herve Poncharal when it came to nailing down KTM. It would appear the long-standing relationship with Honda - who only offered a one-year deal at the end of 2017 - is heading south.
“There is maybe some news, yes. Things have changed with Honda since last November and I think we need to assess all the options," said the Belgian.
“I think we must look all the possibilities we could have. I don’t want to decide too late, I want to have all the elements on the table on March, and then close something during April or May. That’s the target that I have for the moment.
“Suzuki is one of the manufacturers we are talking with. I think last year when Honda offered us the 2017 bike, at that moment they wanted to only sign a one year contract. Maybe we were a little disappointed that it was only for one year, as we wanted to have more support from the company. Now, things are changing for us and for them too.
“I think we are one of the best Independent Teams that is free from 2019 to 2021, so let’s see. The target is to have a partner for the next three years and to not only sign for one year. Let’s see who can convince us the most for our future.”