Heres a big move, KTM just signed highly touted rookie to be Billy Laninovich. Billy has been riding Yamaha's with backing from Troy Lee Designs and is considered to be one of the next big things. He was rumored to be going with McGrath's team possibly and had turned down an offer from Y.o.T. KTM looks to have a very strong team again next year.
Sure hope not! Until they get it in their heads that it SHOULD be a new (i.e. smaller & lighter) engine design and not a sleeved down 400/520 he'll be riding a boat anchor to the bottom and Dowdy deserves more than that.
I think that they might have decided to go with a new engine for the 250, thats what is holding it up. As far as Dowdy how about a new 450 4 stroke? That will be the upper limit and you know that KTM will eventually make a 450, so why not put Dowd on a works one next year? He seems like a great canidate for an R&D rider.