While the majority of seats for the 2004 MotoGP campaign remain officially up in the air, the wait, like the season, is fast coming to an end.

Most expect the main announcements, including Valentino Rossi's future, to take place sometime this weekend at Valencia - and Michelin have revealed it may be just a few hours later that, for example, Rossi, Edwards and Hodgson try out new rides for the first time.

"We will be testing at Valencia or Catalunya with Ducati, Honda and Yamaha during the week immediately after the Valencia race, then with Suzuki the following week," stated Michelin's chief of motorcycling competitions, Nicolas Goubert.

"These aren't Michelin tyre tests, they're team tests, some of the teams will have new riders for next season and this will be their first chance to test with these riders," he confirmed.

Of the six Honda seats available, only Nicky Hayden and Sete Gibernau are definite, while Yamaha face an even bigger shake-up with all but Marco Melandri's ride potentially up for grabs.

Meanwhile, Ducati look set likely to bring Neil Hodgson to MotoGP, whilst keeping Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss, but his team - and team-mate - remain unconfirmed. Suzuki is expected to keep their current rider line-up with no changes or additions.



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