1) Ray Blank retires.
2) Honda offers a decent contingency package for all AMA Pro Road Racing classes, WERA and a bunch of club racing programs.
3) Rumors of a Honda supported team returning to AMA on some level. (I'm posting unsubstantiated rumors and implying cause and effect. Maybe I'm qualified to write for Soup?)
"I were riding so fast, I were sucking rabbits out of the hedges" IOM TT racer Guy Martin - Thanks to rallybug