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All may not be as rosy in the Sete Gibernau/Ducati camp as we actually thought as Jorge Martinez is reportedly sniffing round the Spanish star to try and coax him onto the Aspar Kawasaki and that Gibernau is insisting he has his old crew chief Juan Martinez back, but he works for Kawasaki as Anthony West's head spannerman.

The single-tyre rule will most probably get the official stamp of yes at Motegi with Bridgestone in the chair despite the fact the firm didn't want it to go ahead because they enjoy the competition.

Valentino Rossi will stay in Motegi on Monday to test the 2009 YZR-M1 MotoGP bike while everyone runs round in a flap packing up for Phillip Island. So there.
Rossi has also revealed he will be taking part in the RallyGB in November but doesn't know in which car. He wants a top 10 finish, however, as 11th is his best result in a WRC event so far. The Italian famoulsy lobbed it during stage one of the rally in 2002.
JiR team boss Luca Montiron could well be in charge of the new Aprilia WSB team next season as Honda have said he can't have a 2009 RC212V. He and the other half of the team, Scot, announced they would split at the end of the season and it looks like Scot have got the bike, even though Montiron said it was allocated to him.
Along with the one-tyre rule, the replacement 600cc class will also be the subject of meetings. So far, it doesn't look like anyone apart from Honda has expressed an interest in it. Could this mean it ends up with Honda supplying engines and electronics, and private teams like Moriwaki and Ten Kate building chassis round them?
Rizla Suzuki regulars Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi will be joined this weekend by a wildcard rider in the shape of Team Test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi for his first appearance of the year. Akiyoshi raced at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix and acquitted himself very well. He was as quick as his Suzuki’s team-mates and was looking for a strong top-10 finish until a technical problem caused him to retire, after having been up to fourth place in the early part of the race and sitting in a comfortable seventh before his bike stopped.
Randy De Puniet has revealed he rode at Indianapolis with a broken wrist, but didn't know it. He only discovered the injury when he came back to Europe. He reckons he did it during a highside at Misano and said that although doctors recommend a month's rest, it gave him no problems in the US.
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