MotoGP » Audi: Ducati remains Ducati


“Ladies and gentlemen, this message consists of three words and you have my guarantee: Ducati remains Ducati” - Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi.

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madmanx

July 12, 2012 11:44 PM

Yeh! Blah, Blah, Blah! Audi don't Fxxk around! They compete with BMW to the point of Germanic insanity! They have been brilliant in buying the fast track to MotoGp rather than following the BMW Motorad route!

Cal Crutchlow would be fantastic on the Beast that is the current machine, but would he do any better than Two former World Champions currently fighting with it? It will take take at least two years to get the Audi influence to take effect!
Any way If Cal doe's one, I hope Tech3 will look to James Ellison, (who is doing a stella job with the PBMS team, to replace him), God know's after his last time with the team he's owed a crack on a decent Tech3 machine?

Rich1 - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 12:15 AM

I agree with Realist that the Audi CEO's comment about Ducati remaining Ducati was more directed to the work force to ensure them that their intention is not to turn the company upside down. Why would they have to since Ducati is acheiving record sales right now. They are acheiving the majority of this growth in the North american market (another reason to sack Nicky) so from a business perspective why do they need to make sweeping changes? In addition, they are acheiving this with a MotoGP team that has been struggling for years so obviously this success is not tied to the success of the Motogp effort. In addition Ducati (being a high end motorcycle manufacturer) fits in nicely with the Volkswagen Group Product portfolio who also owns Bugatti and Lamborghini.

Also, I am sure Vale made his point clear but I still think their major intent to retain him was for brand image versus making an all out effort to return him to championship winning status. Don't get me wrong, they will inv

TedG

July 13, 2012 12:32 AM

Rossi's conversation probably went something more like this (after all the niceties). Will you (Audi) back us up when we ask for a specific change? And will you make sure we get what we ask for? When we say we want this wheelbase, center of gravity, swingarm length, rake, trail, yada, yada, will we get it?
Add in the Italian accent.

ippw - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 4:34 AM

Audi and the alliances VAG would have strengtened sufering Ducati sooner or later.Because that's their soul and they has passion to win and beat reigning champion fair and square.They will make it happen shortly.....

Ammar

July 13, 2012 6:14 AM

the problem is that ducati isnt as big as honda or yamaha....they dont have the resources to make new chassis,engines etc as fast as honda can.....

thats one way audi can help out....

technically,as already mentioned, i dont think audi can help out much.....

but audi wants the ducati to sell more and seeing how the sales have risen last year, if they manage to get the ducati working by providing necessary resources, the sales will go sky high......

AussieNSW

July 13, 2012 8:00 AM

@Realist and TedG
Have either of you ever had anything to do with a german company?if the answer is yes you know both your posts are rubbish,if the answer is no I will tell you from experience what will happen,they will go right through the Co look at the return on capital what is making money they will pour money into it,if it is not give it maybe one year and if no success bye bye and that goes for GP bikes, and who is riding them will not make the slighest bit of difference.how do you think the germans have become the country that is propping up europe think about it.

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