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MotoGP rumour mill begins to turn at Estoril

MotoGP rumour mill begins to turn at Estoril

MotoGP rumour mill begins to turn at Estoril

Whilst final preparations for the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal were taking place under heavy rain at the Estoril circuit today, the refuge of dry shelter at the pre-event press conference brought several riders and teams together as the rumour mill regarding the grid line-up for the 2005 season began to turn.

With only six races of the current season remaining, traditional summer speculation has intensified at what is the penultimate round on European shores this year, and Loris Capirossi, Sete Gibernau, Valentino Rossi, Alex Barros and Carlos Checa were all grilled for their thoughts.

At the centre of press attention was Gibernau, who is currently embroiled in a battle for the title with current holder Rossi and has been linked in the Spanish press with a sensational switch from Honda to Ducati.

One year ago it was Rossi who was at the eye of the transfer storm, as the world got wind of his proposed move from Honda to Yamaha. Today the Italian revealed his satisfaction that he may never have to go through the same ordeal again.

"I have the contract signed for next year and I think I will stay here for the rest of my career," said Rossi, who leads Gibernau by seventeen points after finishing second to the Spaniard in the last round at Brno.

To hear the riders' reaction to the rumours, as well as their thoughts ahead of another weekend of intense track action in Portugal, click on the video links at the top of the page. a


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