MotoGP » Rossi, Hayden join fans at Ducati send-off party


Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden appear in front of 38,000 fans at 'Ducati MotoGP Night'.

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smithy - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 5:16 AM

@slammy,
Why do you rossi clowns always attempt to re write history? The following Del Torchio interview:

Ducati CEO Gabriele del Torchio has said he was surprised that Casey Stoner opted to quit the Bologna factory to sign a deal with rivals Honda for the 2011 MotoGP world championship.

The Australian, who won the world title for Ducati in a memorable 2007 campaign, signed a deal to switch to the Repsol Honda squad as early as the second race last season.

He was offered a new Ducati contract but having chosen to join HRC, Ducati were able to complete the multi-million signing of Italian icon Valentino Rossi on a two-year deal.

Speaking at the launch of Ducati's 2011 squad at the spectacular Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in Italy, del Torchio said: “We were partially surprised but that's life. He's young and he has to find his way for the future.

"I have a lot of respect for him and I believe that Casey made a tremendous contribution to Ducati. In World Superbike we have been wo

smithy - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 5:24 AM

And I might add Slammy, it will be most likely Ducati who will crawl under a snake with a top hat on to try and get Stoner back after this year is out.

Stoner missed a total of 3 races in 4 years with Ducati and was genuinely sick, thats better than most. You can actually be sick you know without actually having a physical sign.

Lets have a look at what they got in return, a much older rider, an injured rider, a psychologically scarred rider and a team package that cannot come to grips with the bike.

I'd really like to see how hard Rossi will push a bike given the breaks of last year and the shoulder still not right. Double that with front wash out fears and Ducati are heading backward big time.

anson - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 5:30 AM

Why would Stoner even want to go back to that cheap as chips outfit? Honda will make him think hes a kid again with all their gear and development.

It would be a backward step for him now and by the way Honda only wanted Stoner, this plan of attack had been planned by them for some time as they weren't getting any value out of Pedrosa and Dovi.

No Love - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 5:55 AM

Not take anything from casey...
everyone knows he's one of the best riders now...
but... irony or not,.. to walk to motogp in modern era, you can not rely on your talent alone. Many have opinions, the european riders especially from italy and spain, have a smoother way to get a ride in this championship. It's a very expensive sports. You can't stand alone w/o sponsors. The riders like collin,caprirossi,randy are not young anymore and so far the results are not too good, but there're sponsors want keep them there. That's the irony.. In 2007, the win of ducati and casey, small factory with underpaid rider was good. Eventhough with his reputation, it's hard for honda to convince redbull to sponsors. Cont

Johnnyoza - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 5:56 AM

Ducati and Marlboro never supported Stoner when he was sick.In fact they were very fast in slagging him off in the press,then they act shocked when he signed for another team?.I think the Rossi deal was in the cards for a long time and they found a perfect excuse to piss Stoner off and make him leave.Its worth more in money terms and publicity to have Rossi running 11th than having Stoner fighting for wins.I long for the days when racing was about winning,not about publicity.

No Love - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 6:00 AM

IMO
If valentino fail this year,people will put it as ducati's fault.
If casey fail this year,honda will review his contract.
If Jorge can't defent his title this year,yamaha will not upset.
If dani fail this year, I believe he's still main rider in Honda
For dovi,I don't know, since they have another italian, simoncelli..
If casey does not win championship this year, which Honda has given full effort to win,
I think, the hrc repsol team will be dani and simoncelli. If casey win, dovi will out.
Valentino has become a benchmark on and off the track. In this era, rider can not say , I just want to race. Not at all. All riders has to shown his talent on track and also his contribution to sponsors. You can not get a ride without sponsors. Maybe it's irony,but it is the real condtion.

No Love - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 6:38 AM

If you refer his move to ducati, as a money issue,
I can not say is right or not... I think, since 2006 yamaha has a feeling, valentino will not with them till he retire. In that year, his switch to f1 rumour was very strong. But the win of ducati and casey, has fired him again to keep in 2 wheels. And he asked furusawa to keep stay in racing, and together fought their rivals. I don't see his move to ducati now bcoz ducati pay him more than yamaha, but I see it's for longterm partnership, that's only italian manufacture can offer to italian rider. And ducati won't allow failure with valentino on their bike. I'm sure about that. Time will tell if they will success this year or not

No Love - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 6:52 AM

Regarding the contract, I think in every contract they have some clauses with conditions. For example for dovi, it's stated in his contract, if he finished better than 5th ( if i'm correct) he will stay in factory.

Back to issue with @Big, yes.. we can't deny, valentino have more luxurious access than all riders combine, in political and financial bargains. When is it starting ? start from his first walk in 125 ? and build his reputation year by year ? Who has to be blamed if now he's so giant ? dorna ? I don't know .., but it takes 2 for tango. His things on and off track has been attracting lot of fans, and make his position stronger and stronger in this circus.

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