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 6:30 PM

@ Realist,sure its in the air. The world title that is, GP 2012. Contenders aged 25 to 26 and thats about it.
@Dammm... Clown. Enjoyed that. Have a good one.
Ink ? Well,who would you bunch sign given $$$$$$$$$$
are the bottom line.
Me. I'd sign Rossi for HRC for short term exposure $$$$$$$$$$$$, (results based clause...6 months,3 wins or BYE BYE BABY)
For results ? Def NO !!!
Nevermind a minor rant. Repsol/HRC is Marc/Dani INKEY JUDO.

Marc - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 6:41 PM

TedG good points but don't think that current Ducati team are willing and capable to make such changes. Will Audi be willing to make the needed changes to make the bike successful? As they're a car maker they don't have that expertise so they'd need to get it from other teams. The other issue is time. Which is the reason that Rossi noted that they don't need to restart from zero as he knows that it would take Ducati waaaaaay too long to get to the point where they are even now. The other problem is that Yam and Honda are taking several steps forward while Duc is taking a half step.

Marc - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 6:45 PM

With the above said if Rossi stays with Ducati, which is admirable, it's a big gamble. Because what if they can't improve the bike to be close enough to the top two manufacturers? Will it be enough for him to say well I gave it my best shot, it just didn't work.

trr - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 6:45 PM

I think some of 46-fans are a bit too excited about the takeover of Audi. They bought Ducati because they have zero (=0.00) experience with motorcycles and needed an experienced manufacturerer, with whom they can break into this territory. If you think that a thousand german car engineer would transform the MotoGP-bike into a winning machine during the winter and Rossi will beat the s**t out of the japanese, you will be disappointed. The germans have good resources and a big bag of money but they are there for the know-how of motorcycles, they are not bringing it. Ducati (with Rossi) will get to the pointy end, I am sure about that, only not that fast. BMW needed 4 years to be competitive against the japanese in WSBK (!) and as we know, BMW has a long history with bikes. In my opinion there are two options that could get Rossi competitive (against Lorenzo and Yamaha): 1.Bridgestone (pressure from Dorna) could produce different tires, that suits the Ducatis way better. I doubt Honda+Yam

trr - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 6:46 PM

cont: I doubt Honda+Yamaha would allow that to happen. 2.Pure luck. There is a major issue with the bike, that can not be changed with even quite radical changes, it seems. But if they start from scratch, they will need 1-2 seasons again for catching up, unless they hit the nail on the head for the first try.


July 09, 2012 6:49 PM

If Ducati is forced to face their problems (admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery) then they can fix if. They have been told what is wrong, they need people that understand and provide engineering solutions. Willing may be forced by Audi.


July 09, 2012 6:59 PM

In my opinion if Audi really wants to win a Motogp title they will start pumping money and hire people from Yamaha and Honda, to give them the expertise that they lack in motorcycle racing.
What i fear the most is that they bought Ducati only to have a division in their big group that produce mototorcycles and to be able to compete with BMW, in the group Ducati is a very small company.


July 09, 2012 7:04 PM

re: "I think some of 46-fans are a bit too excited about the takeover of Audi."

that's what i'm screamin'. the accountants haven't weighed in just yet. even with money and their considerable experience in motorsport, i'd be wary of squaring off against honda. grandprix is THEIR turf. besides, audi doesn't give a rat's about honda or yamaha... they give a rat's about BMW and they're over in WSBK where for the most part tyres are sorted.


July 09, 2012 7:18 PM

I don't think that Rossi fans are excited prematurely. Up until this article, Audi's financial investment was purely speculative. With the validity being exposed, THAT IS reason for increased hope either way you look at it....Rossi or not. Ducati needs resources to compete.

No debate necessary - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 7:25 PM

You people just do not get it do you.

Rossi WILL be at the front next year, and it's nothing to do with Ducati, Audi, Burgess, or even Rossi as a rider.

The people who run the show NEED it to happen, and it WILL happen.

They've even come out and stated it openly for all to know, IT'S A DONE DEAL!

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