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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Ninja - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 3:16 PM

Audi, one could argue, have the engineering capacity of Honda or Yamaha, even bigger. Bugatti and Lamborghini are 2 of the other brands in their stable and we know what's coming out there today.

DUCATI's issue will always be Engineering capacity. They cannot compete with H&Y because as someone rightly pointed out, Honda's had 3 chassis made already to sort out a chatter issue that reared its ugly head (like last weekend.) Ducati relies too much on external suppliers which affects turnaround times. This is an area where Audi could significantly improve things.

In terms of writing cheques (poaching crew and experts) Audi have the muscle to go toe to toe with their Japanese rivals. (They may even temp Furusawa out of retirement)In the past, this wasnt possible and I'm assuming a huge factor in staff leaving and tempting experienced electronic engineers who (rumour has it) don't come cheap.

I'm glad and hopeful at the same time that Rossi(if he does extend) stays. Its unfinished busines

Sean03

July 09, 2012 3:19 PM

To regain their competitive edge where the hell did it go cos it was more than competitive with Casey,and if Audi is counting on him what does he think Ducati have been wanting and waiting for the last 2 years

ian - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 3:27 PM

Rossi has no options but to stay at Ducati. Maybe Audi can sweeten the deal by putting Rossi in one of their sports cars. He'd like that and so would his fans. As for the bikes engineering, they need to start over and that means a new engine design. The weight distribution of their 90 degree V4 is at the heart of their handling problems.

fish fingers - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 3:33 PM

Rossi could go to Honda but my feeling is that he already decided to make it work with Ducati, as the young guns might now have the edge on the same machine. VW/Audi will do with Ducati what they have done with Lamborghini so expect big investment and some mad looking bikes. Add to this the massive expertise in aluminium components and also composite facilities.. I'll be really interested to see what they come up with.

Agent55

July 09, 2012 3:36 PM

Superbikeplanet.com just posted a fine article about Hayden's, likely unwilling, departure from Ducati at the end of 2012. That would be a shame, he's hung in there and deserves to ride out the last few seasons of his MotoGP career on a bike that can actually score a dry podium. Pull some strings Rossi!

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