Dennis Noyes reports on Valentino Rossi's options for 2013 and how the subsequent dominoes could impact American GP pilots Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies.
A Honda satellite option for Rossi is a long shot. The idea that Rossi would accept crumbs from the Honda table, riding a satellite bike of lower spec that those of Dani Pedrosa and rookie Marc Márquez, is extravagantly unlikely.
Although Honda's Livio Suppo seemed, at one point, to be sending Valentine cards to Valentino through the Italian press, but that was just sweet talk intended to divert attention from the unexpected retirement announcement of Casey Stoner. After the acrimonious separation between Honda and Rossi at the end of 2003, no one with any knowledge of the inner workings of HRC considered that there was any chance whatsoever of Rossi ever riding a factory Honda again.
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