Jorge Lorenzo says he is ready to delay a decision on his future, claiming he is worth more than what his Yamaha team is offering him.
The Spaniard is currently fighting for the title with teammate Valentino Rossi, who is 14 points ahead after the first nine races of the season.
Yamaha rival Honda has expressed an interest in Lorenzo, but the former 250cc world champion said his main priority is staying with his current team. Lorenzo, however, said after yesterday's German Grand Prix that he feels Yamaha's offer is not good enough.
"I don't know, I think that we need to wait some more," Lorenzo told
Italia1 television when asked about his future. "I feel very proud that people are interested in me. But I think I'm one of the riders who can beat Valentino in the future.
"I'm fighting with him at the moment, and I think my worth is greater than what Yamaha is offering me at the moment. We'll see what happens in the future."
Rossi, meanwhile, said he was not sure if it was better to have Lorenzo as a teammate or not.
"I've thought a lot about it, whether it's better to have him in Yamaha or in Honda," he said. "I don't know. There are pluses and minuses each way. In any case I think he will be a tough rival to beat whether he rides either with our bike or with another team."