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GP Week : Issue 160
at BRIEFLY » A gruelling four consecutive flyaway GPs are pencilled in to open next year’s MotoGP. Qatar will as usual be the first, followed a week later by the new Indian GP at the Buddh circuit. After a weekend off, the new Argentine round will be followed directly by the first GP at the Circuit of the Americas at Austin Texas. However only Qatar has a contract in place, Buddh circuit has not been homologated, and neither of the other two even completed yet. » The Austin race joins the already contracted Laguna Seca and Indianapolis rounds to make three US races ... but one will have to go, if Ezpeleta means what he says. “I expect there will be only two US rounds next year, but we usually announce the calendar in August, and I reserve that right.” » Rossi’s veneer of dutiful comments about his commitment to Ducati slipped again at Assen, when he told an Italian TV reporter: “Honda has brought a new chassis yesterday. Obviously for us, it’s okay (to stay with the current chassis).” Rossi is still plagued with persistent understeer, with no relief in sight beyond a revised engine for Laguna Seca. “It is not enough to try and fix the problem with settings,” he said later. Nicky Hayden, 2006 World Champion on a Honda, could find himself without a MotoGP ride next year, if Rossi runs out of options and decides to stay on at Ducati. The American revealed that Ducati’s option to renew for next year expired during the Assen weekend, with no offer from the factory. They had told him the purchase of Ducati by Audi, still awaiting anti-trust approval, was the cause of the delay. At the same time, however, Ducati had approached Crutchlow with a two-year offer. The British rider is considering it, though he has said that a factory ride with Yamaha would be his first priority. If Rossi goes, Hayden would be a valuable asset to Ducati. He has ridden the Desmosedici since 2009, and has been involved will all development. His work ethic at testing is a legend within the company. But if Rossi stays and Crutchlow joins, as he said: “It don’t leave a whole lot of room. “They tell me that until the Audi thing is complete they can’t do nothing. I’ve had some good talks with them at times, but other times I’m not really sure,” he said. “I believe in Ducati. I think at some point this bike is going to win, because they’re working so hard and the sponsor is putting in so much. “I’ve put in a lot these last years when it struggled. It would kill me to not be here when it does finally come good. But obviously Valentino’s the first priority.” Hayden said he would prefer to stay in MotoGP, but that there were other options, suggesting he might consider a return to US AMA racing where he was champion in 2002. HAYDEN HUNG OUT TO DRY Crutchlow considers Ducati job offer 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS