‘2017 line-up to take shape after three or four races’

With many of MotoGP’s big guns out of contract at the end of this year, Lin Jarvis reckons they could start looking to 2017 as earlier as “three or four races” into the season.

MotoGP’s rider line-up could undergo a major haul in time for the 2017 campaign as all the big players – including reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and his team-mate Valentino Rossi – are into the second season in their two-year deals.

The same applies at Honda with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa as well as over at Ducati.

But don’t expect any of those riders to wait until the end of the year to decide their futures.

Yamaha Racing managing director Jarvis believe they will all start looking around after just a handful of races as they look to secure the most competitive ride for 2017.

“It will be very interesting to see what’s going on off the track this year. All the major teams, all the major riders, their contracts expire. Normally riders would sign for two-year agreements, so there will be a lot of discussions going on,” Jarvis told Crash.net.

“What most riders will probably do in the beginning will see how their manufacturer is performing with the new circumstances [ECU and tyres]. Because obviously every rider’s number one desire is to be competitive in the next two years of their life.

“So before that they’ll want to be sure and have confidence that the Honda, or Yamaha or Ducati will be competitive. So I don’t know when the first move will come for the contracts but I guess it will be after probably three or four races.

“But maybe sooner, you never know…”