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 7:58 PM
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@ Vilas

My intent isn't to be soft towards him, but I don't carry any ill will either. I don't feel like Hayden is raw enough on a regular basis. He's an occasional piranha, but he's swimming with sharks. I do feel that Hayden has known that his options were limited since joining Ducati, so he played the P.R. to the best of his advantage.....and it worked for a few seasons. The jig is up now though! Dovi and Crutchlow look hungry out there....Bradl looks hungry...hell, even silly ass Bautista looks hungry. Hayden doesn't strike me the same way.

kirk66 - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 7:59 PM

Nick needs to accept the Corse WSBK gig that will be offered to him and Checa. I love Nick, but hate that he's only going to have a shot at tier 2 or CRT GP gigs. His only hope would be to take the Tech 3 gig if Cal goes Duc. But Tech 3 needs to keep young development kids on their bikes and I believe his age will disqualify him from their model. Dovi got the gig because Yamaha knows Dovi will graduate to Factory. Spies isn't advancing fast enough for them. Vale will stay at Ducati because Audi's deep pockets and stunning R&D race department will back Ducati's Corse squad all the way.


July 09, 2012 8:02 PM

In my opinion the only chance Crutchlow has for a factory bike is Ducati, he will never get a factory Yamaha, Dovizioso is a better lieutenant for Lorenzo and much more constant.
And i will be not surprised if Yamaha gives a new contract to Spies because if they don't have a title sponsor they want the american market, if they hire Dovizioso or Crutchlow they will not bring nothing in terms of money to Yamaha.

Vilas - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 8:06 PM

Realist you explain yoursel very.. my inglis is bad, bealivet i whanted speack so well like you.. Once again agree 100%.. Loocke to what happen to Biaggi.. Man Wsbk isant that bad and if Nick stays with Ducati there him Wsbk i think he had all the potencial to make somethingh like Spies did.. he will enjoy a lot and the New Ducati 1199 is Damm beautifull


July 09, 2012 8:06 PM

Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi on the same team backed by AUDI!!! The earth will turn on its axis!!!! Instead of rivals, they can join forces and create the ultimate MOTOGP bike which will be legendary. Problem is, when it starts dominating, DORNA will F*** things up again, dumb down the Desmosedici and we'll be back to sedated racing. :( The action will be thrilling though GROWL!!!!

Sophie H - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 8:26 PM

Audi are counting on me,V.Rossi.
Well it is time you started winning some races then,instead of moaning about everything.Brakes,tires, hight.etc etc.
People call Stoner a moaner.Have to laugh.

humm - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 8:41 PM

here's how i see the siuation.
rossi is 33. if he signs a 2 year deal that mean's racing until 35. i do believe it's the last couple of years wheen he can sill ride at a level good enough to compete with jorge and win a championship.
audi's project and promises seem encouraging but it's still a medium term project at best. it's a challenge you take when you are 25-26. rossi already lost 2 years. adding the frustration of not being able to compete at a level he feels he can, i dont see any reason for him to stay at ducati assuming yamaha offered him his factory m1 back (with the paycut). he doesnt have the time to fool around midpack anymore

Pierre - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 8:55 PM

I agree with the post engine. 90 degrees is not compact enough and doesn't allow the changes in C of G that seem to be part of the current bikes requirements.
Let's face it, Burgess and Rossi are a formidable talent when it comes to creating a winning GP machine, but only when the manufacturers do what they ask.
Look at what Furusawa did for them at Yamaha.
With more backing at the top level, you have to ask why Ducati wouldn't now do the same?
People these days expect instant results. Instant gratification. Just as now when everyone is asking when is the new iPhone 6 or next iPad due...
Enjoy the moment we now have. We are so lucky to be experiencing these things in our lifetime. Rossi has won just about everything there is in GPs and just as the true enthusiast and sportsman he is, now has a real project that he's got his teeth into. He's not going to be impatient and risk everything for another place further on the grid until he knows he has the right machine under him. Let'

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