By Lynne Huntting
The latest from within the Indianapolis paddock is that Andrea Dovizioso will, as expected, take Nicky Hayden's place at Repsol Honda next season.
Hayden confirmed on Thursday that he is leaving Honda and an official announcement that he is joining Ducati seems imminent. Dovizioso will say only that he is looking to go to Repsol, but nothing is signed yet.
Dovizioso currently rides a satellite Honda for JiR Team Scot, although the one-year partnership between JiR and Scot will end this season.
JiR has an option (for another ten days) on triple AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies, riding this weekend as a wild-card for Rizla Suzuki.
But Scot also wants to run a one rider Honda MotoGP outfit next year, and bring its 250cc rider Yuki Takahasi to the premier-class.