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GP Week : Issue 151
at BRIEFLY » Why is the Ducati fast in the wet while it suffers in the dry? Nicky Hayden said it is a major discussion point within the team. One reason was that it gets heat into the tyres better than the other bikes, but another theory might be better: “With the carbon chassis we felt it was too stiff in the dry – but in the wet, all the bikes are too stiff, so the disadvantage is gone,” he said. » Cal Crutchlow had an unwelcome guest in his motorhome that eventually drove him out to sleep in a hotel ... a mouse that had got in while it was parked at Jerez, and proved impossible to get rid of, even after a professional rat-catcher came along with a feisty Jack Russell terrier. “He’s really clever,” said Crutchlow. “We’ve set nine traps, and he takes the food off them without getting caught, even though a few of them have gone off.” » Moto2 star Marc Marquez is expecting opposition in the future ... from his brother Alex, who made his GP debut at Jerez four days after reaching the required age of 16. Alex raced in Moto3, qualifying 13th and finishing 12th. “He is coming – we have to open the gas,” said the older Marquez. Speculation that Rossi will return to Yamaha next year remained rife, in spite of continued “no comment” from within the factory team. But current team leader Jorge Lorenzo insisted he would welcome the return of his former team-mate. “I wouldn’t mind at all,” he said. “I work for Yamaha, and if there was another fast rider on the machine that would increase our overall chance of success.” Rossi left Yamaha in a state of high dudgeon at the end of 2010 after the company to whom he had pledged the rest of his career hired the rising Spaniard, who then defeated him in the World Championship. “He won it on my bike,” he complained, before jumping ship in his ill-fated move to Ducati. Poor results and some outspoken comments at Qatar sparked speculation that he would leave Ducati before the end of his contract, and would then rejoin Yamaha, probably in an independent team sponsored by Coca Cola. Within a week he had confirmed he intended to fulfil his contract with the Italian company, but gave no hint on what he would do after it expired at the end of this year. Spanish sources report that a move back to Yamaha would be not only sanctioned by Dorna but also backed financially – a lifeline to the team which for a second year is without a major sponsor. “I WOULD WELCOME ROSSI BACK AT YAMAHA” LORENZO: 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS