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GP Week : Issue 129
15 MOTO2 championship leader Stefan Bradl’s MotoGP plans are on hold, while his Kiefer team awaits a decision from sponsors Viessmann, a German boiler manufacturer. The team has an entry for a CRT machine for next year, but will not take up the option, after the disappointing testing debut of the Suter-BMW machine at Mugello tests, where rider Mika Kallio was six seconds off the pace. The alternative plan is to lease a Honda, with the team in line for a machine. In addition to the two Repsol factory bikes, Honda is expected to supply at least one more factory-level bike, for either Marco Simoncelli or Andrea Dovizioso, and possibly one for each of them. But HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto has said there will be no more than five machines, and the fifth is what the Kiefer team hopes to secure. They will know by the end of this month if enough sponsorship will be forthcoming. If not, then Bradl has already been in talks with the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha team, with both factories anxious to secure his services for the future. Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... The world of MoTorsporTdirecTly Toyour deskTop Issue No. 146 March16 -22 2010 WHINCUP INA FORMULA 1 CAR AT ALBERT PARK REIGNINGCHAMPSSETFORF1/V8 CARSWAPNEXTWEEK –FULLDETAILS INSIDE! POWER PLAY! Aussies fight itout inIndyCar opener – and Will wins! EXCLUSIVE! Moto GP news >> Rossi to Honda? Nonsense! Sponsorship the key to Bradl’s MotoGP future RUMOURS sweeping Italy that Valentino Rossi has approached Honda for a machine for next year had the rider laughing his head off at Brno – especially since many of them had quoted his former friend and GP rival Marco Melandri. “I have read the reports in Italy,” he said, in response to a direct question, “from my new manager, the Superbike rider Marco Melandri. He knows very well all things about my decision for next year.” He continued in slightly more serious vein: “It is not true. I have a contract with Ducati for next year, and I will race for Ducati next year. If Melandri agrees.” Perhaps, this reporter asked, there was no smoke without fire. Was he perhaps planning a future exit strategy, for the year after next? Rossi shook his head: “It is much too soon to think about 2013,” he said. Asked whether the serial disappointment of his first year with Ducati had affected his motivation, he said there were times when he felt a bit frustrated, “but when I get home, I always think that we can fix our problems. If hope stops, then it would become just like going to work rather than enjoying racing. But hope never dies.” As the weekend wore on and his prospects took a big step forward, his words were justified. But there remains the strong possibility that he started the rumours himself, as an extra spur to Ducati.