Earlier today, when we reported on Jorge Lorenzo's decision to stay with Yamaha, we speculated on whether Ducati would now turn its attention to Dani Pedrosa, as a backup plan for an ailing Casey Stoner. The idea was hardly rocket science, as the play Ducati made for Lorenzo was an obvious statement of intent, and the only other top rider available to the factory Ducati squad is Dani Pedrosa.
So obvious was the idea that Mela Chercoles, one of Spain's most senior MotoGP journalists writing for AS.com, asked Ducati team boss Livio Suppo just that: Did Lorenzo's refusal mean that Ducati could make an approach to Dani Pedrosa. Suppo's answer was brief, but pretty revealing: "Impossible is nothing. But everything is difficult." Clearly, Ducati are interested in signing Pedrosa, the question is, would they chase the Spaniard as hard as they had Lorenzo, given that Pedrosa is more like Casey Stoner than Lorenzo: His talent is unquestionable, but his marketability is much more difficult.
Until Pedrosa finally signs a new deal - whether that be a formalization of the "basic accord" that HRC boss Tetsuo Suzuki announced at Brno, or he makes a shocking switch to Ducati - the Spanish media will surely be full of speculation. After all, with Lorenzo signed to Yamaha for another year, they once again have thousands of empty column inches to fill