West And Kawasaki, Or How Not To Negotiate A Contract - Updated

Yesterday, I wrote about rumors from the World Supersport paddock that Anthony West is going to join Kawasaki. And today, those rumors look like being confirmed: A kind reader ("Windsok") posted a link to Ant West's MySpace page, which now bears the following message:
YEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA lean mean and green HI ALL LOOK OUT TEAM GREEN ANTWEST THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMENTS I DONT HAVE TIME TO MSG ANY OF YOU IM STILL ON THE ROAD OK GOTA GO SEE YA antwest

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Rumors From Supersport Paddock Say West To Join MotoGP Team

Anthony West is a remarkable rider. He inspires extraordinary devotion amongst his fans (some even going so far as to offer to sell their kidneys to help fund competitive machinery), and equal parts admiration and misgiving among team owners and sponsors. West's talent goes without question, as whenever the circumstances have allowed the Australian to compete on his usually outclassed equipment, he has been a genuine factor to contend with, finishing well, and even winning, wet races.

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Casey Stoner Extends With Ducati For 2008, And Possibly Beyond

Italian MotoGP news site GPOne.com is reporting that Casey Stoner has prolonged his contract with Ducati for 2008. The Australian, and current world championship leader, had an option in his contract to sign for another year with Ducati, and after Stoner's outstanding performance so far this year, Ducati were keen to tie him down for 2008. The contract is said to contain further options, which could lead to a very long term relationship between the Australian and the Bologna factory.

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Catalunya Post-Race Testing - Pitt And West Join The Fray

After Sunday's spectacular race, the teams were back to work on Monday, testing new parts and tires. The test at Catalunya is important, as it's the last chance for pure testing until after the Brno race in mid-August. Any other testing the teams want to do, they'll have to do during the free practice sessions during races, which is not the best time to be developing a bike.

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2007 Catalunya MotoGP Race Report - Signs And Wonders

Human beings are extraordinary creatures. Where the birds of the air and the beasts of the field simply take note of everything that takes place around them, accept it, and move on, we humans are always looking for symbols and signs. The one thing that marks us out more than anything is the need to attach significance to events, to impose a pattern upon them to make them easier to comprehend. We do this in many ways: Sometimes, by attributing causes to certain occurrences, saying that a wallet was lost because we walked under a ladder, or cracked a mirror.

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2007 Catalunya MotoGP Race Report - Signs And Wonders

Human beings are extraordinary creatures. Where the birds of the air and the beasts of the field simply take note of everything that takes place around them, accept it, and move on, we humans are always looking for symbols and signs. The one thing that marks us out more than anything is the need to attach significance to events, to impose a pattern upon them to make them easier to comprehend. We do this in many ways: Sometimes, by attributing causes to certain occurrences, saying that a wallet was lost because we walked under a ladder, or cracked a mirror.

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2007 Catalunya Qualifying Practice Report

Whenever people talk about the weather affecting MotoGP, it's almost inevitably rain they mean. But it's not just water which affects the grip levels of a track, there's also the blazing sun. This is precisely what has happened at Barcelona, where the pummeling heat and blazing sun of the afternoon is driving track temperatures up towards the 120° mark, softening the surface of the track, reducing grip, and destroying tire rubber.

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2007 Catalunya Day 1 Report

Where the weather a week ago in Mugello was as unpredictable as the outcome of a 125 race, in Barcelona the forecast was brief: Hot and sunny. And hotter and sunnier in the afternoon. No more worrying about very soft tires to run on a cold morning, no agonizing over slicks, intermediates or full wets, the riders could concentrate just on finding the right tire for the race, and setting the bikes up to go as fast as possible round the Montmelo Circuit on Sunday.

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2007 Catalunya MotoGP Preview - Fear And Loathing In La Caixa

From the soul of motorcycle racing, to it's nerve center. While Mugello, the scene of last week's MotoGP round, is close to Ducati, Montmelo, where the Barcelona track is located, is close to Dorna, the organization which runs MotoGP. But there is much more than just Dorna: many of the riders live in and around Barcelona, including Carlos Checa and Dani Pedrosa, but also Troy Bayliss and Hiroshi Aoyama. Kenny Roberts Sr has a place near Sitges, just down the coast from Barcelona, as does the famous US journalist Dennis Noyes.

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