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Ducati confirms Rossi?

Prior to an expected confirmation at Brno, Ducati reveal their plans for 2011 do include the Italian motorcycling legend.
While the formal announcement that Valentino Rossi will make the jump to Ducati next season appears increasingly imminent, it seems the Italian manufacturer has jumped the gun and unofficially confirmed he will join in 2011.

Rossi's switch from Yamaha has been mooted for several months, with latest rumours suggesting he will reveal his plans for the future at the end of the Czech Grand Prix in two weeks time.

However, with the deal already thought to be signed and sealed, Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio has apparently confirmed the inevitable in an interview with Cycle World in which he says he is looking forward to seeing Rossi joining Nicky Hayden in its line-up.

“This season will not bring to Ducati any crown in the sport, but I look forward to Valentino Rossi teaming up with Nicky Hayden,” he said.

“Nicky is a wonderful person and a great rider. This year, he greatly contributed to improving our Desmosedici racer. Next year, he and Valentino will hone the bike to its ultimate winning potential.”

A slip of the tongue or not, the move comes as little surprise as the rider market begins to take shape, Ducati's Casey Stoner having already confirmed he is Honda-bound in 2011. In Rossi's absence, Yamaha are expected to promote Ben Spies alongside Jorge Lorenzo.

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Mojo Jojo

August 04, 2010 9:53 AM

This is what the motorcycling world has quietly been anticipating all these years, but always dismissed loudly. Rossi in Italian Red. Whether he wins straight away or not - it will still be an awesome sight.

jimmy - Unregistered

August 04, 2010 10:58 AM

What a big headed traitor! He promised to finish his career on Yamaha and now when Jorge is threatening his sovereign position, is escaping to another team. He's a coward whose teammates have never had an equal machinery. What a disgrace!

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