It might not surprise you that Pol Espargaro was poised to move to the Yamaha Factory MotoGP team in the event Jorge Lorenzo departed. Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal indicated as much in a recent interview concerning the younger Espargaro brother currently on his team.
As it turns out, both Poncharal and Jorge Lorenzo’s manager (according to the Italian press) indicate that Lorenzo is on the verge of signing an extension with Yamaha, a one-year deal with a one-year option thereafter.
Ducati has also announced the return of Factory riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso. Dovizioso has a new two-year deal, while Crutchlow has exercised his option to stay with the Factory team through the 2015 season. The most promising rider on a Ducati this year is Andrea Iannone at the Pramac Squad, and it is expected that Iannone (who has shown some interest in a move to Suzuki) will also be aboard a Factory Ducati next year.
An official announcement from Yamaha concerning the contract extension for Lorenzo is expected in early August.