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Ducati rubbishes Rossi signed rumours

Ducati insists neither Rossi nor Hayden have been confirmed to the team for 2011.
Ducati has released a statement rubbishing claims that it has definitely signed Valentino Rossi for the 2011 MotoGP World Championship.

Recent quotes attributed to Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio had seemingly confirmed that Rossi would join Nicky Hayden in its line-up for next season, potentially ending months of speculation.

However, Ducati has moved to deny the reports, saying it retains an interest in these riders but that it has not signed anyone to its team for 2011.

The team statement said:

“Regarding the recent allegations attributed to Gabriele Del Torchio - Ducati CEO and President, Ducati states that no agreement has been reached with the riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden for the future Moto GP season, although our interest in these riders remains.

“We would like to say that the recent news which has appeared on the US website Cycle World and other websites has been misreported and must be attributed to the many rumours circulating lately.

“Whether and when an agreement is reached, official press releases will be issued.”

Rossi is tipped to confirm his immediate future in two weeks time after the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

Tagged as: Ducati , Valentino Rossi , hayden

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chump change - Unregistered

August 04, 2010 6:10 PM

To the Southerner, Rossi can ride anywhere he wishes and would be welcome in the garage. Money talks and you know.. Why not the guy has buckets load of talent and why not buckets load of bukoo as well. Only a fool would ever count Rossi out!!

1050cc - Unregistered

August 04, 2010 9:50 PM

"Rossi is on decline." "Fading star on losing bike. What an outlook." LOL. How many times have we heard this since 2006 when he lost the WC to Hayden? Lorenzo is doing an amazing job, but so did Stoner in 2007. Did it last? Rossi had 2 bad races to Lorenzo before his accident. Due to his injured shoulder or Lorenzo being faster? Could be either. But you think this is the first time Rossi has had a few bad races in a row? People wrote him off then too. Maybe he will fail at Ducati, but if he wins in 2011, all you haters will put it down to Burgess, or Yamaha doing a bad job etc etc. Whatever reason, you will find an excuse! Go Rossi in 2011!

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