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GP Week : Issue 87
to Ducati -- the omens add up Sponsors await rider decisions IT is not only all the other riders who are waiting to see which way the top four will move for next year. The position also affects major sponsors. While Marlboro is settled with Ducati until the end of 2012, Yamaha sponsors Fiat and Honda's Repsol are both out of contract at the end of this year. Fiat's backing is dependent on Rossi's presence. But a move to Ducati would leave no room for the Italian car manufacturer. Repsol's support of Honda predates the arrival of Pedrosa by more than a decade. But the Spanish fuel company renewed the contract for 2010 only, rather than the more usual three or four-year contract. There is a notable absence from the paddock, however, compared with other major motor sports ... Red Bull. The Austrian energy drinks company is a favourite to replace either Fiat or Repsol, although a company spokesman said this weekend: "Red Bull has no plans to enter MotoGP." Moto GP news >> 15