MotoGP » POLL: Valentino Rossi - Ducati or Yamaha?

Valentino Rossi is set to decide his MotoGP future before the next round at Indianapolis in mid-August, what should he do?

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J - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 6:16 PM

@chris odonell

capirossi did ok at first (first 2 years maybe 3 before the huge crash with Gibernau) but most of 05-07 were very poor performance for Capirossi and he was let go to Suzuki. Bayliss also did nothing on the Ducati for 3 years until he returned to WSBK in 2006 and took on Gibernau's abandoned bike at the last round in Valencia as a reward for taking the WSBK crown and he FINALLY won 1 race (which surprised even him because he said it...that to win now after 3 years of failure was amazing).


July 31, 2012 6:16 PM

When I saw the poll numbers the 1st thing I thought was how damaging this disaster is to Ducati's reputation. At 3 to 1 odds against Rossi staying with Ducati I'd say Ducati's sales figures are in for bad times ahead! Wonder what Audi makes of this? If Val doesn't show faith in Ducati's ability to make a good racebike by staying, Audi might pull out of MotoGP after next year to limit the damage to their rep.


July 31, 2012 6:18 PM

re: "When asked about being #2 to Lorenzo Yamaha he said he had no problem with it."

careful ross, you have the right to remain silent. any complaint you say, this comment will be remembered and used AGAINST you...!

Guy - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 6:24 PM

He is starting to look like an old veteran. He better open up wide like a boa and swallow his big pride if he wants the right tool to beat Agostini's record.


July 31, 2012 6:30 PM

re: "I'd say Ducati's sales figures are in for bad times ahead!"

that's what they said when the recession hit and that's what they've BEEN saying the whole time rossi's been backmarking. i don't know what to tell ya 'cept apparently there's nothing more powerful than "star-effing". hell, even i would've never believed it and i'm the world's biggest cynic.

J - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 6:33 PM

Chris Odonnell

Which racing are you watching? You said Bayliss and Capirossi had the Duc upfront for ages...which age?
Bayliss was mid pack his whole time in GPs except his 3 podiums and 1 win in a year he was a wild card. Capirossi (one of my favorites) had only about 5 wins in 6 years with Duc so I am not sure what you are saying. Marco Melandri was signed before Capirossi realized he was out of Ducati for poor results.

@paul fawcett

Check your stats again Checa, Capirossi and Bayliss did not do well on the Ducati. Capirossi had some initial success in the early years and 1 win in the Stoner 2007 year before he was let go. Yes, you are correct that Bayliss rode a Ducati that was new to him in 2006 and won 1 race and that is ok I guess, however he had full factory support for years and did nothing (a few podiums in 3 years like Rossi has now). He turned down the possible return to MGP ride after that win because he did not believe that was a ride he could do for a championship and


July 31, 2012 6:40 PM

If Ducati drop Preziosi (failed as chief engineer/designer) and bring in Furusawa (successful chief engineer/designer) then stay at Ducati. But I very highly doubt Ducati will replace their Italian with a Japanese...

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