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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July 09, 2012 3:56 PM

re: "The weight distribution of their 90 degree V4 is at the heart of their handling problems."

others could argue (polen, foggy, hodgson, corser, bayliss, etc.) that 90 degrees has been at the heart of their success.

if it wasn't clear at the beginning of the season, at this point there shouldn't be ANYONE left who doesn't know that TYRES are an issue in grandprix.


July 09, 2012 3:59 PM

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

whoa stand down. sales of bikes FAR MORE COSTLY in price point with perhaps less capability than what the japanese produce are UP during epic recession. how do you explain this dichotomy...? heretofore has it NOT been the cry (whaah) of bikeworld beggars that the manufacturers aren't making what they want and everything's too expensive...? just spitballing, but you may wanna run that "underperform" comment past the accountants.

mattbloke - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 4:11 PM

@shamarone. i think you will find with your list of famous ducati SUPERBIKE winners, is that the winning part wasnt the 90degree engine, more the 20-30% bigger engines


July 09, 2012 5:01 PM

Finally....validation that Audi will start pumping in resources to help the flailing factory. Like somebody mentioned, with Audi's backing, Ducati will FINALLY be able to match the engineering output of Honda/Yamaha.

ian - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 5:11 PM

@ shamarone

Perhaps, but when the other, MORE successful bikes are running a 75 degree engine, you have to wonder. Surely the weight distribution on a tighter engine package allows more flexibility in set-up? As to the tyres, all the teams are required to make the best of any rules or standardized components. Those who are best at dealing with them will succeed, while those who do not, will not. That's been true in racing since day one.

Irregardless, isn't it better to talk about this as apposed to my favorite is better than your favorite rider?


July 09, 2012 5:12 PM

This is good news for MotoGP. If Rossi were to leave Ducati that would most likely end their bid to compete at this level.
Ducati's problems are not the amount of money, but their way of thinking.
First they need to be in the frame business, either building them themselves or have a vendor who can churn them out almost overnight.
Second they need to forget tradition and old engineering ideas, don't reinvent the wheel, use what works.
And third and most important, get some hardware and firmware engineers that understand the riders input and can respond quickly with solutions.


July 09, 2012 5:30 PM

'Audi are counting on me to develope their winning endurance racing diesels and quattro rally cars into oblivion I guess'. LOL :) Next time Audi rival BMW as race bike builders will be their first time.
Rossi is counting on Audi to have Ducati retain him at an idiotic price for marketing value and thats all.
No harm in that.

dammm - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 5:34 PM

Southerner another Clown.. AUDI whant Rossi because they whant one rider that understands the Sport!! is not beeing competitive now.. But he will be again!! I just hope when Ducati fix the gp12.. All of you experts on MOTOGP gona bye one tshirt saying Rossi LEGENDE

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