Dani Pedrosa has played down rumours linking him with a shock switch to Ducati, but did admit 'talking' to the Italian factory.

Since Casey Stoner's three-race withdraw to try and cure fatigue problems, Ducati has adopted an aggressive recruitment policy to try and land another star rider, presumably to partner the Australian - who has a contract for 2010 - but perhaps also as a back-up should Stoner's health troubles last longer than anticipated.

First came a big-money offer to second in the championship Lorenzo, which the Spaniard eventually rejected in favour of staying alongside world champion Valentino Rossi at Fiat Yamaha. Then rumours of a Pedrosa approach appeared - followed by comments from Loris Capirossi, indicating that Ducati had been interested in the Italian returning to the team he rode for from 2003-2007.

Capirossi will definitely be staying at Suzuki next season, but Pedrosa - despite an announcement by Honda that he and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso had reached a 'basic agreement' to stay for two more years - is yet to sign.

"Just talking because at this moment I didn't sign [for 2010], so, of course, if they [Ducati] are interested to have another rider, maybe they have to talk to the riders, but that's all nothing," said Pedrosa, Honda's most successful 800cc rider with five race wins, when asked about the situation with Ducati.

"It's nothing that's clear at the moment for me. Just as I said in Brno, the things with Honda, that's pretty much clear. That's important. And that's all. But nothing decided [for next year]," he added.

Meanwhile, a major technical change for Pedrosa and Repsol Honda next season could come in the form of a switch to Ohlins suspension, which the team tried alongside its regular Showa units during the Brno test.

However, Pedrosa only got a brief run on the Ohlins and is unlikely to race with it this season.

"I used the [Ohlins] suspensions in Brno, but it started raining, so I did two or three runs only. And probably, I mean there is no plan to have it for the race, no," he stated.

Pedrosa starts this weekend's Indianapolis round fourth in the world championship, 15 points behind the absent Stoner.

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