Dani Pedrosa offered a strict 'no comment' amid increasing rumours that he is set to switch from Honda to Yamaha next MotoGP season.
Following the news that reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo is leaving the Yamaha paddock, reports have surfaced linking Pedrosa to the vacant position.
Suzuki's Maverick Vinales was inititally viewed as the most likely candidate to partner Valentino Rossi, but if Pedrosa knows anything to the contrary, he isn't letting on.
“Today I will not answer any questions about this, because I already said on Thursday, the situation is the same as it was in Jerez,” Pedrosa told the media after Saturday's qualifying.
When asked to comment on the latest report that surfaced in a Spanish newspaper seeming to confirm his move, Pedrosa added: “I can tell you [louder], but not more clear. I will not answer these questions, because on Thursday, I already said the situation is the same. So today is Saturday, tomorrow is race day, and my main focus now is for the race.”
Perhaps another reason why Pedrosa was not in the best of moods was his fall during qualifying, resulting in him only starting in 11th place on the grid on Sunday.
“Nothing special happened, I just lost the front,” he said. “Unfortunately my second bike was not exactly the same, and I cannot make any improvement on my first lap time.
“So I dropped so many positions, and it was the worst qualifying of the year, and for a long time. So now I have to try to focus on the start and for the race.”