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GP Week : 01-Sep-2009
HIGH SIDES IGH SE H H E DE DE D G ID IG S SI HI H H H S n Nicky Hayden's rostrum return didn't mean his fight to master the Ducati was won, he said. "Every time I start getting too confident, this bike puts me back in my place real quick," he said. "I just stay relaxed, stay humble, stay hungry, and not get too confident yet." n Riders have asked Bridgestone for more mixed- compound tyres next season, and a revised allocation. Instead of eight fronts and 12 rears, they would prefer 10 each front and rear. n Sometime GP racer and would-be Moto2 entrant Angel Rodriguez, currently leading the Spanish national championship, has tested positive for banned substances after a recent race in that series. No further details have been given. n King Kenny Roberts thrilled modern MotoGP riders including Hayden and Rossi with some amazingly spirited demonstration laps of his fearsome 750 two- stroke dirt-tracker at Saturday night's Indianapolis Mile oval- track. "I said then: They don't pay me enough to ride this thing," he said. "That's still true." n Rossi stayed in the pits for the first 20 minutes of the wet first free practice -- but said he wasn't dodging the rain, simply saving his engine, given the new restriction in engine numbers allowed. "You will see more like that in the future, with these restrictions," he said. n Abandoned by Kawasaki, the independent Hayate team may get a lifeline for 2010 in the form of leased engines from Yamaha, a prototype for the lease scheme promised for 2011. JORGE Lorenzo put MotoGP out of its misery in the days before the Indy GP, announcing in advance of the promised date that he would turn down the big-money offer from Ducati, to stay on one more year as Valentino Rossi's Fiat Yamaha team-mate. He had been sorely tempted by Ducati's offer, thought to be in the region of 12-million Euro for two years, and had "changed my mind almost every day," he said; thanking the Italian factory for making the decision so difficult. "But I am in Yamaha from almost 2006 when Lin Jarvis wanted me to come," he said. He was yet to win the 250 title then, and finally moved to Yamaha in 2008. Yamaha's and Jarvis's confidence in him, the atmosphere in the team, and the competitive machinery had swayed the final decision. He had been promised the same machinery as Rossi, he confirmed. Rossi had hoped Lorenzo might move on, but accepted the decision as "the right choice for Jorge. In this moment our bike is not the fastest on the straight, but is very good in the corners ... the bike is well balanced," he said. The decision will have a knock-on effect among other undecided riders, with Ducati still actively seeking a top rider, in case Stoner is not able to return at full strength. Intriguingly, Dani Pedrosa is high on Ducati's shopping list, and admitted he had been approached. Nothing had changed with Honda he said ... negotiations were still going well. But at the same time, nothing had yet been signed. Lorenzo puts loyalty before money Ducati chases Pedrosa 12