... see if you can spot the words 'Yamaha' or 'Tech3' in the following interview with Spies:
"After my engine blew up while I was running second at Indianapolis, I thought I wanted to leave MotoGP. I started paying attention to World Superbike. That series was great to me when I was there in 2009, and the previous director, Paolo Ciabatti, is a good friend of mine. He would have loved to see me back in SBK. I still might go back there one day.
"Ducati showed interest in me first, but they had just been bought by Audi and didn’t know what they could offer. Then, BMW came at me quite hard with a good team and a good offer. BMW is definitely strong in World Superbike, too. They’ve come a long way with the S1000RR.
"Ducati hasn’t raced the new 1199 Panigale in Superbike yet, so it’s a bit of a question mark, but I researched the bike and saw what it had done in Superstock. And when was the last time Ducati showed up with a Superbike that wasn’t good? Honestly, I wanted to go with Ducati and the Panigale, but they had to sort out the MotoGP program first, and I understood that.
"At that point, I started thinking a lot and finally concluded that I haven’t reached my full capabilities in MotoGP. What that is, I don’t know. I’m not going to say I can win this many races or a championship, but I don’t want to walk away and in five years say, I could have done this or that.
"Ducati wanted me on their bikes this year. San Carlo Gresini Honda wanted me really badly, too. I spoke with Fausto Gresini, Shuhei Nakamoto and Livio Suppo at Brno. I told Gresini what I would like, what it would take to get me on a Honda. But Ducati never let that become a possibility. They were ready, and Honda wasn’t.
"Finally, I came to the conclusion that it was going to be either BMW in World Superbike or Ducati in MotoGP."