Kawasaki would be foolish to let Villopoto go, they have had him since his amateur days but it is tough to have two top competitors under the same tent, meet their salary requirments, and keep both happy. It's funny we are already discussing the silly season and we are only one National into the outdoor season.
Somehow I don't think Makita Suzuki would be too upset to see Hot Sauce go. I like Tedesco, but he really isn't that strong of a contender. He is at the top of the pack, but he seems to get a little flustered when the heat is on. He rides great on his on, but when Reed challenges it is a sure bet that he'll take the position within a lap. All he has to do is wait for Tedesco to case it. I'd like to see Ferry go yellow.
Tedesco has had some bad luck with injuries the last two years. When he is at 100% he certainly deserves a factory ride. But it would not surpise me if he gets dropped to make room for an up and coming rider. It would be pretty ironic if Tedesco got replaced by Alessi!
On the AMA site, the reporter says the Mike Alessi to Makita Suzuki rumor is a 'done deal'. Learning from The Man could be the best thing that ever happens to Alessi.
The KTM boss is confirming their 450 team next year will be Nick Wey and Martin Davalos. They will also have 4 yet unnamed Lites riders. The speculation is they will have a third MX/SX rider, either Michael Byrne or Travis Preston.
Townley to Honda with a 2 year deal is unconfirmed but widely accepted as fact.