Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso have praised Johann Zarco's decision to remain in Moto2 for another year instead of joining MotoGP.
Zarco, 25, looks set to capture the 2015 Moto2 crown, holding a 89-point advantage over his nearest rival with six races to go.
As the Frenchman's manager Laurent Fellon revealed, Zarco had offers on the table from Pramac and Aspar, but instead will stay put with his Moto2 team Ajo Motorsport regardless of how his current campaign turns out.
And that decision was complimented by the likes of Marquez and Dovizioso earlier today as both pointed out many existing deals for top seats would run their course at the end of 2016.
"I think it's a better idea," Dovizioso said. "Next year most of the contracts will finish so maybe he's thinking about that, to have a better option.
"He's not so young but to join MotoGP not in a perfect place would not be good, because the level is so high."
Marquez agreed, adding: "Zarco is smart. If he's decided to stay in Moto2, I'm sure he has a plan for getting into MotoGP in the future."
With Zarco out of the picture, the Aspar seat alongside expected signing Jack Miller could go to Tito Rabat or Sam Lowes, albeit the team's current rider Eugene Laverty remains under contract.