Remember how he was really late signing with Honda last year. Insiders thought he was going with Aprilia again. I personally thought the reason why Edwards didn't get a Honda ride in GPs was because they wanted to keep Rossi's ego in check by making him the focal point.
Valentino Rossi, the MotoGP world champion, is considering future contracts and makes no secret of his desire to ride for Ducati.
That manufacturer have made a big impact on the sport's elite category in their first year, with Loris Capirossi twice claiming pole starts and then heading off the challenge of Rossi to win the Catalunyan round of the series last month.
Rossi, a London-based rider who has taken four world titles in an eight-year career, said: "For me the dream ride would be with Ducati, because I am Italian. The bike is very fast."
Rossi is the only leading rider in the MotoGP Championship whose contract expires at the end of this season and the racer who has achieved so much success with Honda - winning three times already this season to opening up a 38-point lead over Spain's Sete Gibernau - is in discussions with the Japanese marque.
"I want to sign for one year - it is much better to be able to have choice at the end of each season," he said. "This is the biggest problem. Honda want me to have a two-year contract."
Rossi was holding a press conference during a lunchtime riverboat cruise on the Thames, primarily to discuss his hopes for the eighth round of the championship, the British Grand Prix at Donington Park on Sunday.
"I am hoping for a good race," he said. "Without doubt Gibernau will be very fast there but maybe Capirossi and Max Biaggi will be more difficult. The battles are much harder this year but that is good for everyone - the riders, the teams and the fans."
After half a season of watching the action, Chris Burns is set for a hectic finale in which he is expected to combine riding in the remaining rounds of the Grand Prix and British Superbike Championships.
Technical wrangles have kept his Harris WCM team out of six of the seven MotoGP races so far but the 23-year-old from Newcastle is finally to make his debut into the series riding a 500cc Yamaha at Donnington Park on Sunday.
The following week, Burns is expected to ride for the Virgin Mobile Yamaha team in the eighth round of the British Superbike Series at Mondello Park, replacing the twice former champion Steve Hislop who split with the team earlier in the week.