World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson was watching first qualifying at Valencia today, giving the Brit a taste of what to expect next season.

The Isle of Man based rider will finally be confirmed as riding a 2003 Ducati for the Spanish-based d'Antin team sometime this weekend, and may get his first taste of the latest spec Desmosedici during testing next week.

But while Hodgson's ride now looks to be in the bag, the identity of his team-mate remains up in the air, with the #100's Ducati Fila WSBK team-mate Ruben Xaus now narrow favourite.



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