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Speculation was rife that Parkalgar Honda's Eugene Laverty is due to sign with the Yamaha World Supersport squad this week and leave the Louth-based team. "That's bollocks," said Eugene's girlfriend, Pippa.

British Superbike men Leon Camier, Gary Mason and Simon Andrews were all in the Nurburgring paddock over the weekend, with Andrews going straight from a check-up on his wrist in Belgium. When asked if he was looking for a job, Andrews said: "What, like in a petrol station?"

It appears that Stiggy has done the deal and will switch to Yamaha. He is also keen to re-sign Leon Haslam but the Derbyshire youngster is also in talks to with Suzuki and Ten Kate Honda.


It's thought that Kawasaki team boss Paul Bird has made Shane Byrne a firm offer for 2010 as he is not happy with the performance of existing man Makoto Tamada. We wonder, though, if Tamada comes with the factory support.

In other chicken-based news, it is also thought that Bird may be lining up a swoop on the Kawasaki World Supersport squad even though they have already signed Joan Lascorz. That might hand Stuart Easton or Scott Redding a job as both have close links to the Cumbrian.

Tom Sykes is, apparently, on Alstare Suzuki's shopping list for 2010 and somewhere near the top. It would mean a return to the marque he left at the end of last year when he was a Rizla man.

The will-he, won't-he Ben Spies saga rumbles on despite the announcement from Yamaha he will remain in WSB for 2010. Or, as they put it 'forsee' he will. On reflection, all it means is he will stay with Yamaha for two years, and no-one outside of the Jedi Council uses the word 'forsee'.

Cal Crutchlow's publicity machine keeps on churning out speculation, with some saying he has been offered Tom Sykes' seat at Sterilgarda Yamaha - which really ought to go to Leon Camier as he is too tall for a Moto2 bike, whereas Crutchlow, erm, isn't...

Rumours that Sterilgarda Ducati won't make it to the end of the season surfaced once again in Germany with sources saying the Italian-based team have simply run out of money.

Karl Muggeridge reckons that an alteration he made to his Alstare Suzuki's engine braking characteristics mid-race caused the front end to fold in race two. Don't fiddle with things you don't understand.

John Hopkins was run over in the first-corner, first race melee in Germany but says he was clipped from behind which caused him to high-side into Broc Parkes. He was knocked out for 10 minutes.

Kenan Sofuoglu reckons a bolt fell out of his Ten Kate Honda's foot rest causing him to pull in after he had already crashed trying to keep up with Crutchlow. "Little by little, the wheels of your bike have slowly fallen off..."

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