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May 11th, 2010, 08:54 AM   #1
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May 11 2010, Casey Stoner has signed with Honda HRC and will be riding for the Japanese manufacturer next season. This bombshell comes straight from Italian news website Sportmediaset and confirms the gossip that Livio Suppo was avidly trying to take Casey Stoner away from Ducati.



According to the Italians, Casey Stoner was not happy that Marlboro tried to sign Jorge Lorenzo last year when the Australian went on his three race sickness hiatus and that Honda has not been exactly jumping with joy with Dani Pedrosa especially after his hard and public criticisms, before his second place podium in Jerez.



Sportmediaset is also reporting that Ducati knowing that Stoner was leaving, immediately offered Valentino Rossi a two year contract with them. The two year contract also contains certain options that should appeal to the work ethics and independent attitude of the 9 times World Champion. Rossi has to the Mugello race in June to decide if he wants to ride for Borgo Panigale.



Silly season has now taken a new turn and itís only the beginning.



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Possible Rossi/Hayden reunion....assuming Ducati keep Hayden around after this year.
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i take it casey don't want to win the title anytime soon then..



Rossi to ferrari
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May 11 2010, Casey Stoner has signed with Honda HRC and will be riding for the Japanese manufacturer next season. This bombshell comes straight from Italian news website Sportmediaset and confirms the gossip that Livio Suppo was avidly trying to take Casey Stoner away from Ducati.



According to the Italians, Casey Stoner was not happy that Marlboro tried to sign Jorge Lorenzo last year when the Australian went on his three race sickness hiatus and that Honda has not been exactly jumping with joy with Dani Pedrosa especially after his hard and public criticisms, before his second place podium in Jerez.



Sportmediaset is also reporting that Ducati knowing that Stoner was leaving, immediately offered Valentino Rossi a two year contract with them. The two year contract also contains certain options that should appeal to the work ethics and independent attitude of the 9 times World Champion. Rossi has to the Mugello race in June to decide if he wants to ride for Borgo Panigale.



Silly season has now taken a new turn and itís only the beginning.



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Well now it's already getting interesting:



Rossi in 2011 will either be ON or IN something RED - Fiat & Ferrari are working on the latter, although Ducati is going to be a big temptation for him.

Looks like it'll be Spies and Lorenzo at Yamaha

Stoner is making a BIG mistake going to Honda, but then the money is going to be better than Marlboro
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with all this speculation around, you notice how Pedrosa's name isn't popping up anywhere? Someone on here suggested him moving to Suzuki, which I thought was a great idea.
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great news now we can see again and remember how the honda crosses the finish line every now and then
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i take it casey don't want to win the title anytime soon then..



Rossi to ferrari
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Lets assume this is true, and Rossi decides to stay put, which i believe he will, who does Ducati hire. Do they dare bring in the toxic midget and his fag handle. Do they hire from within the GP paddock, the Moto2 paddock or WSBK.
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with all this speculation around, you notice how Pedrosa's name isn't popping up anywhere? Someone on here suggested him moving to Suzuki, which I thought was a great idea.


I've a feeling Pedrosa will gladly leave as his performance will "look the same" on almost anything on that grid; he's bad mouthed Honda enough to have annoyed the sponsors despite enjoying a major piece of the pie this far.



This juggling sure keeps the scene very exciting; Rossi to Ferrari/Ducati is only long due and I just wish his crew goes along with him...
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Lets assume this is true, and Rossi decides to stay put, which i believe he will, who does Ducati hire. Do they dare bring in the toxic midget and his fag handle. Do they hire from within the GP paddock, the Moto2 paddock or WSBK.
Obvious choice would be Lorenzo....but if Repsol is done with Pedrosa, could have Stoner and Lorenzo so that Repsol still has a Spanish rider? That would leave out Dovi and Pedrosa...but Dovi could take the open seat left by Stoner thus giving Ducati an Italian rider......who the hell knows anything could happen, this Stoner rumor is just the first stone to be cast.
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