Marquez plays down Yamaha link

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez has denied reports that he and Movistar Yamaha have been in contact. 

Yamaha are searching for a replacement for Jorge Lorenzo after the reigning MotoGP champion confirmed that he would be joining Ducati for the 2017 and 2018 season.

While Marquez has played down a possible move to Yamaha, the Spaniard admitted that Ducati had approached him in an attempt to acquire his services.

“I had a call from Ducati,” Marquez told reporters. “Yamaha has done in the past, but not this time. Already Lin [Jarvis, team boss] said it wouldn’t be possible.”

Yamaha chief Lin Jarvis also admitted that it is highly unlikely Marquez will be Valentino Rossi’s new team-mate next year.

“I think it’s highly unlikely that Marc and Vale would share the same pitbox next year,” he said.

Meanwhile, the two-time MotoGP champion has revealed that his top priority as of now is to extend his stay at Honda as his current contract expires in 2017.

“I started talking with Honda [about a new contract] in Austin and I have always said they are my priority,” he said. “They were the ones to give me the opportunity to join MotoGP, and there is no logic in changing.”

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