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MotoGP: Gossip, rumour and intrigue

Of course, the world is buzzing with the news Ben Spies is turning his back on Yamaha's MotoGP team in order to more than likely make way for Valentino Rossi. Jumping instead of getting shoved, no doubt.

The Italian media are full of assertions that the Texan is 99 per cent certain to join Marco Melandri in the BMW Italia World Superbike team in 2013, taking a step back to go forward into MotoGP mit ze German manufacturer in 2014.

None of which bodes well for Leon Haslam.


Rossi's potenial move has repercussions for both members of the Monster Yamaha team. Everyone was convinced Cal Crutchlow was replacing Nicky Hayden in the Ducati team but the American then went and signed a new one-year deal, so now the Coventry man is potentially replacing Valentino Rossi, should he leave.

Andrea Dovizioso seems to think he is in the last-chance saloon and Rossi is taking the place in the Yamaha works squad which belongs to him. The Italian said The Doctor's move to Yamaha is 'very bad' for him while Rossi joked: "I need to make my mind up soon otherwise Dovi will be very angry." What will become of Dovi when he doesn't get a factory ride is unclear. He has said that if a works seat is not forthcoming, he will look elsewhere for new challenges… alongside Carlos Checa?

Jonathan Rea was the first British rider to win the Suzuka Eight-Hours on Saturday and he did it in front of HRC bosses, staking his claim to be the next Brit rider to get a deserved promotion into MotoGP. There is only one space available and that is on the Gresini Honda, currently being ridden fairly averagely by Alvaro Bautista. Rea is a favoured son of HRC and has tested the V4 well, so don't be at all surprised. Actually, do…

Colin Edwards brilliantly described his BMW-Suter CRT bike as a 'piece of shit' in the Laguna pre-event press conference. He added that he hadn't really been able to get the electronics to work properly and still can't. Pasini's ART bike might be available for him to ride at Indy, apparently…

James Ellison's team boss Paul Bird was in vaguely threatening form after Laguna, saying that there will be no excuses at Indianapolis as he is already thinking about next year...

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