Spanish MotoGP star Alvaro Bautista looks set to remain in the championship for 2017 after confirming he is in talks with the Aspar to run a 2016 Desmosedici GP.
Bautisa said that nothing is yet official or confirmed but hopes to sign a contract as soon as possible. He and Stefan Bradl have lost their Aprilia chairs to Sam Lowes and Aleix Espargaro.
“We are working with Aspar to have Ducati next year, a 2016 bike. I think it is quite a competitive bike but nothing is yet official, nothing signed so for the moment, we are just working but I hope as soon as possible,” said Bautista, speaking at the Sachsenring.
That will be bad news for Ireland’s Eugene Laverty as Aspar will probably keep Yonny Hernandez but there is a chance Laverty could replace Loris Baz at Avintia - although the Monaco-based rider has said he only wants to stay in the series if he has competitive machinery.
It is thought that Laverty has several options in World Superbikes including factory Ducati and Yamaha seats, plus a works-backed Aprilia ride should a deal with Shaun Muir Racing to run the RSV4s come off.