Maybe that remaining "Joe Camel" will finally be removed from the inside Honda transporter! They can replace it with Woody :^)
Apparently Unversal Studios has also been courted to sponsor Ben Bostrom's Ducati WSBK effort. Ben is an official factory rider, but gets his own team this year to take advantage of his ability to attract sponsors (and as an excuse to race on Dunlops, WSBK Ducati's are normally sponsored by Michelin). As we all know, Ben didn't have a great year on the Michelins. His team is also supposed to get all the "A" equipment (meaning 2001 engine).
Since Ducati and Cagiva are already like evil twins of each other.. Ducati sticks with "Tad" Ghostal, while Cagiva should go with "Chad" Ghostal ..spaceghost coast to coast's evil, goatee wearin', in love with elvira, Spaceghost twin.
Race Teams burn money at an alarming rate. Anytime you can attract a major outside sponsor and convince them to give you cold hard cash, you do it. It's not like the pecker is offensive or sets a bad example for children, good for Honda!