MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: Audi 'counting on me' at Ducati

"It's a very ambitious project and I'm happy about it" - Valentino Rossi.

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Rossi is KING - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 2:18 PM

I can tell you.. The same way that Stoner is number 27 and go home Rossi will be teaching this kids until he have done 46 years old.. Just given the bike and the same way he kick the ass of SUper Stoner him 2008 and Super Jorge him 2009 and was doing the same him 2010 untill Mugello.. he will doit again because you know he is the King for him this bikes are like Toys and will not be the AGE putting him out because this is not Atletism.. The same way Old riders teach the kids him WSBK Rossi will do the same here and for make t now he only need one Yamaha or one Honda.. And 4sure would be tuff to fight he allready know that because was tuff him 2008 and 2009 but he never FEAR Nothingh Pressure is Rossi Third Name.. He allways was on Pressure for been NUMBER 1 but that for Him is NATURAL


July 09, 2012 2:24 PM

Can't help but be good for MotoGP to have Audi backing but I wonder if Rossi is still on an equal level with Pedro and Jorge. Audi would do well to have a promising newcomer (Pol) instead of Nicky who has seen his best days tho' he can still pull a ride out of his hat on occasion.

Giancarlo Falappa - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 2:27 PM

With the arrival of the Cavalry(Audi),I think Rossi is likely to stay at Ducati.CC his most probable teamie.NH off to the WSBK series where Duc hopes to retain him,but things have to run their course in MGP for NH to get into that mind of WSBK.GF

plum - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 2:29 PM

@good evening.

I wouldnt argue that point mate, but Checca is in WSB and it might be that Rossi considers going there eventually, but i really dont see it when there are other non-bike options out there for him. He'll finish his career in the top class event.

At 33 in the top class he is pretty much unique, and the competition from the talented 'no fear' up and coming younger riders can only serve to make his return to the top step of the podium harder and harder - and thats with a winning bike!

take it easy..

papi - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 2:31 PM

Ok, Rossi stays at Ducati (where else can he go?). Audi want him for the PR value and who knows, if the bike comes good, he might win a race or two. Cal or Redding will join Ducati as the young blood. Hopefully Audi money and Rossi/Burgess/Ducati can turn the bike around in time and Cal or Redding will take the mantle while Rossi retires in a couple more years. Hayden unfortunately has had his time and will be off to WSBK

blah - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 2:35 PM

Well no matter how it happens, Rossi will be called a hero for not leaving Ducati. He didn't want to leave Ducati without winning and so on the praise will go. That will happen even if he only stays there, because he can't get a better bike like the Honda/Yamaha.

It will be the same as leaving Yamaha, because couldn't deal with a faster teammate. Only he was called a hero trying to win on an italian bike instead of a coward who runs away from a fight at Yamaha.


July 09, 2012 2:39 PM

re: "I spoke directly with the boss of Audi and they have a strong intent about supporting Ducati in the future to regain its competitive edge"

congrats, touring car cash is in your future. now is that competitive recoup wsbk or grandprix...? or being so busy with the buyout have the accountants not gotten a chance to look that far into it...?

Locky - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 2:53 PM

Audi will be keen to keep Rossi for his marketing value, he is vastly overpriced and over rated at present judged simply by results, but hey this is a business and he does flog a lot of tshirts and hats.
Ducati don't have the money on their own to compete toe to toe with Honda, only question is how much are Audi willing to throw at a small aspect of their overall business, it's not like they can sell millions of Dukes to the emerging economies whose motorcycle markets are thriving.
Final analysis, perhaps Vale has simply grown old, it's not like he didnt win anything in his career, but the Spanish production line keeps on shipping in new young fast jockeys, there must be hundreds of young pups lining up to crowd out the older guys.
Sad to see Rossi like an old boxer getting whipped by Barbera, Bradl etc etc.
Maybe go home and count the money?

Reality - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 3:01 PM

Rossi will stay because ducati/audi are the only organization willing to pay him a boat load of cash to underperform.

Let's be real....

With yamaha he'd have to take a huge pay cut and play 2nd to Lorenzo.

With honda he'd have to pull money out of his swiss bank account to lease his own bike and pay the WHOLE crew.

Ducati is a win-win for him because it is always easier to blame the bike and Preciosso just like they're doing now.

These are bad times to be a DUCATI fan.

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