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 7:34 PM

I'd be VERY surprised if F. Preziosi doesn't get levered aside and given another position now that Audi are involved. The new owners are clearly serious about making whatever changes need to be made, and unfortunately Ducati haven't seen much success under Preziosi's technical leadership. Time to shake things up and get some new direction I think.


July 09, 2012 7:34 PM

re: "In my opinion if Audi really wants to win a Motogp title they will start pumping money and hire people from Yamaha and Honda"

and therein lies the problem, Audi doesn't want to win a Motogp title. as you elude, Audi's goal is to sell CARS...!!!

i wouldn't want to be the guy who has to convince piech that pumping vast sums of euro into a series where the control tyre ultimately dictates the performance of your vehicle (no matter how much is spent) is a good thing and will accomplish this goal. much too risky.

the better pursuit is WSBK and (if it's still around?) then possibly consider a RETURN to motoGP once they've accomplished success in production. heads are going to roll if MotoCRT goes tits up and they've spent all this money with no way to see returns on either bike side OR car side. even if it turns out the panigale has flaws, they're sure as hell going to be easier/cheaper to sort than the desmo's.

Brian C. - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 7:37 PM

Face it, 46 Fans, Rossi has nowhere else to go but to stay with Ducati if he wants to ride for the manufacturer. He will not get a ride with Yamaha or Honda.

The unfortunate aspect of all this is Hayden gets pushed aside in favor of Crutchlow (whom the MotoGP announcers won't stop talking about before, during and after a race!!!) when Hayden has been loyal and hard working in spit of the horrible bike he's been having to ride.

Just read Superbikeplanet if you want to know the real deal about Hayden. I don't want him to go to WSBK on a Ducati. He needs to be on a bike that can win and a four banger. Twins don't even belong in WSBK - hah!


July 09, 2012 7:44 PM

@ Brian C.

I, too, feel that Crutchlow is overrated, but I can understand that a factory needs to make decisions (..majority of them will not please everybody). Hayden has been there awhile, and while loyal, hasn't really done much with the bike. I'm not casting full blame on him because we know the factory is resistent to change, but they are adhering to the "out with the old, in with the new" philosophy. Loyalty only takes you so far!

Brian C. - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 7:48 PM


In all fairness, who else besides Stoner has done anything on a Ducati? In fact, aside from a couple of third place finishes, Ducati has done nothing but wallow in mid pack and usually BEHIND the satelite teams -- only in front of their own satelite riders and the CRT teams.

Honestly, to let Hayden go is for Ducati to continually deny they are not up to par with Yamaha and Honda. Keep the guys that are working their tails off for you, not for guys who simply want the prestige of riding for a Manufacturer. And -- I do not think Crutchlow will do any better for Ducati than Hayden has. Remember, Hayden does have a GP title and Crutchlow has yet to win a race...

Vilas - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 7:53 PM

Realist i think you are beeing to soft with Hayden.. i dunno where he goes and aim dont iven care about.. Rumurs say Wsbk and 4sure will be nice for him.. But the same way you guys talck about Rossi dont have any place to go right now and its true many other good options for top manufactoers to risk on new Riders.. but this statment is the same for hayden you guys say loyalty i say that he dont have any other factory option to go since he enter ducati.. then when kawasaki and Suzuki left then was iven worst Hayden new that to be on one factory he only had Ducati..


July 09, 2012 7:53 PM

@ Brian C.

I understand your point, but looking at it from a "business" perspective, I'm sure they the factory feels that a shake-up - from the riders to the engineering staff - is necessary. They had to weigh their options: Keep Rossi (obviously) or keep Hayden? Well, Rossi has the pedigree and the clout....Hayden...well!?? To add further insult, the factory is impressed by other potential free agent racers on the grid. This doesn't bode well for Hayden at all. Ducati knows they aren't up to!

I also agree that it is unlikely that CC will fare any better UNLESS Rossi's input begins to pay off more than it already has.

Lopoiou - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 7:56 PM

I he stay in Ducati, I hope Audi get more control, put some speed in the updates, remove Preziosi's from development... just look at Honda, they are bringing chasis after chasis to make their pilots happy and solve the problems, and looks like the last chasis they brough to sachsenring is the best...
They need an shorter engine with usable power, and a chasis thay does not understeer. Preziosi don't want to do it and he wash his hands covering his ass... remove that dude, please!

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