has talked about his unhapiness with the state of GP politics and the paddock atmoshere, the Aussie V8 series, staying at home with his family, giving it up before he falls out of love with bikes..he didn't rule out a wilcard ride when asked but it would be difficult to supply him with a full factory backed prototype for a one off at Phillip Island.
For me, the perfect way to keep his eye in..to keep a toe dangling in the water would be, WSB.
Easier to get a competitive bike, friendier paddock with his two best buds. Asia on his doorstep..India, Indonesia and P.I. The rules are fixed with full-on electronics for the next 3 years and the series could well be the future blue riband class with more manufacturers and it's direct relevance to big bore sports bikes.
Two races on Sundays, 35 bike grids with seven factories scrapping it out. Stoner, Rossi, Biaggi, Spies..maybe Edwards, Hayden, Crutchlow and Dovi, the rest to follow?
Bridgepoint own both series. It could happen. A winter world cup, trans-atlantic type Superbike des nations?
The 2013 opener in Oz maybe too soon for him..but I'd love to see it happen.