MX2 World Championship contender Valentin Guillod is expected to end rumours around his place of employment for 2016 and a first step into MXGP around the Grand Prix of Belgium at Lommel this weekend.
The 22-year-old Swiss has a contract in place with Yamaha and has been competing with the Standing Construct team for the past two seasons with mentor and manager Yves Demaria as part of the Belgian crew’s set-up. Despite the security of a YZ450F from within his current squad, Guillod has been linked with the factory KTM and Suzuki efforts and also options in the United States to remain on 250cc technology.
“I can confirm only three things at the moment: that I will not be in the U.S. next year but MXGP, that I will continue working with Yves either through the team or personally, and that I will be able to give more information after Lommel,” he said on the eve of winning last weekend’s Grand Prix of Czech Republic, his third overall success this season and a result that brings him level with Tim Gajser in the standings on 399 points.
According to more talk in the paddock Guillod would have to lever himself out of his Yamaha agreement to move elsewhere with Suzuki looking more like the favoured option for a full factory effort and possibly next to Kevin Strijbos.