There's a growing sense that Dani Pedrosa's time at Repsol Honda may come to an end after the 2014 season. Pedrosa has been MotoGP's "almost man" during his eight seasons at the team, finishing second in the World Championship three times since joining the premier class in 2006.
Meanwhile, Marc Marquez joined the team as a rookie in 2013 and won six races and the world title. Marquez stamped the team with his buoyant, winning imprint, which is bound to put Pedrosa even further into the margins.
So who will replace Pedrosa if he either is forced out or leaves the team when his contract expires after the 2014 season? Marquez wouldn't mind to see another Spaniard in the adjoining garage stall - two-time MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, who finished just four points behind Marquez this season.
"I would not be opposed to the arrival of Lorenzo at Honda," Marquez said to a Spanish radio station.