Forward Yamaha MotoGP boss Giovanni Cuzari has hinted he is in talks with Loris Baz to parner Stefan Bradl next season after the Frenchman lost an Aspar job due to being a bit rangey.
The team will continue with Yamaha engines and chassis next season following a U-turn by Lin Jarvis in a response to Honda’s use of RC213V engines in their 2015 production RCV213VR-S bikes, so the package for the coming year will be stronger than in 2014.
"Fortunately we can continue with the Yamaha chassis. But we’ll also continue to develop our own chassis. We will have a new chassis from Yamaha but I honestly can’t say if it will be 2014 or 2015 as I don’t know. The question is still open. Yamaha is giving us a really good package so we can continue to try and be at the front. It will be an improvement next year,” said Cuzari.
"Of course we have a lot of respect for the Yamaha chassis, it’s impossible to improve on them. We think we can develop our chassis so we will make some tests to understand what we can do.
“The second rider is not easy. We’d like to give a chance to (Alex) De Angelis because we have a lot of Italian sponsors. But we’re also looking at a French rider."
Britain’s Leon Camier is also known to be in talks with Cuzari as well as having strong WSBK options for next year.