IN A RECENT interview with French mag Motorevue, the vice president of Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) has said the company has not ruled out the possibility of securing former employee Valentino Rossi for a second stint in their MotoGP team.
"Maybe yes, maybe no ... Nothing is impossible," said Shuhei Nakamoto, when asked if Honda were interested in Rossi, whose contract with Yamaha expires at the end of the 2010 season.
The nine-time motorcycle world champion left Honda for the Yamaha MotoGP squad in 2005. The move didn't go down well with the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer, who said they would do all in their power to crush Rossi's betrayal.
Since the Italian's defection, Honda have won only one MotoGP title, when Nicky Hayden secured the 2006 Championship at Valencia, after Rossi fell from his Yamaha M1 early in the race.
Earlier this week, at a press conference in Italy, Ducati's MotoGP team boss said they were also interested in securing Rossi from 2010.
Exciting times, eh? But somehow we can't see Rossi going back to Honda.