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GP Week : Issue 96
Moto GP news >> Preziosi: Valentino and I are still enemies! DUCATI design genius Filippo Preziosi has been talking to Valentino Rossi for some years on and off .. . but only "as an enemy". And until the end of this season, "the position is the same." Speaking exclusively to GPWEEK, Preziosi spoke of the excitement he felt about developing a motorcycle with the legendary rider. But so far they had only been able to speak in general terms. "We have spoken a lot over the years, but we have never been able to have a discussion in depth because we were always enemies. We still cannot have this sort of discussion ...butIam verymuch looking forward to working closely with Valentino as soon as possible," he said. Movistar link boosts Lorenzo's asking price JORGE Lorenzo has been keeping Yamaha hanging on, delaying the signing of his contract as his asking price has kept rising. Now, without the burden of Rossi as his team-mate, Yamaha is reported on the brink of agreeing a fee of 10-million Euros (US$12.7m), according to Spanish website Motocuatro.com. This more than doubles his current contract, thought to be 4-million Euros (US$5.1m) for this year alone. Official confirmation of his new contract is expected at next weekend's Indianapolis GP. But there might still be enough left over for Ben Spies, also expected to be confirmed as the second factory Yamaha rider at the US venue. Spanish sponsor Telefónica MoviStar is expected to take over from Fiat as naming-rights sponsor of the Yamaha team. This represents a return to bike racing for the Spanish communications giant, which left in a huff after being sidelined when pet rider Dani Pedrosa was taken from them into the Repsol Honda team. Pedrosa is also expected to be confirmed to stay with Honda alongside Stoner at Indy, with Dovizioso still left dangling as he waits to see if the factory will have a full factory bike for him. 17