I read a post on SOUP (I think- but maybe not) yesterday that commented on the fact that Nicky would move to Yamaha when Rossi left. Nicky is stuck developing new machines and the times are a little off the leaders. Why? 'Cause he's developing bikes. You can't get your best laps on a bike you keep changing settings on. Vale may not count on Nicky being there to contend, but I believe HRC won't let Nicky ride the season out without thinking that he can win races. They (HRC) are getting as much test info as possible before the season starts.