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Rossi sticks with Ducati for 2012

"For sure I will race with Ducati next year, if Melandri agrees!" - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi has confirmed he will remain with Ducati for the second year of his existing MotoGP contract, in 2012.

Highly-unlikely rumours of an early Ducati split in order to switch back to Honda, the manufacturer Rossi left under something of a cloud at the end of 2003, emerged during the MotoGP summer break.

Those rumours, which seem to have been fuelled by comments from former MotoGP rider Marco Melandri, were rejected by nine-time world champion Rossi at Brno on Thursday.

"I read about something from my new manager, the Superbike rider Marco Melandri, who knows everything about my decision for next year!" laughed Rossi.

"Joking aside, I will race for Ducati next year for sure. It is not in doubt. The contract is signed and the situation is 100 percent fixed.

"So for sure I will race with Ducati - if Melandri agrees!"

Melandri meanwhile claims he was only joking:

"Kidding I said Rossi was looking for a Honda and everyone write it all over… Why I have to always [look] like a bad boy? Let me just race," the factory Yamaha WSBK rider wrote on Twitter.

Rossi has taken just one podium from his first ten races as a Ducati rider and is currently fifth in the world championship heading into this weekend's Czech Republic round.

Rossi's team-mate Nicky Hayden also has a Ducati contract for 2012.

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August 11, 2011 8:14 PM

Well I think it's great to see Rossi making a joke about the rumors and laughing away. It's better than sulking and losing your sense of humor over the current situation he finds himself in. He's taken longer than I expected and he still doesn't seem close to winning, but I do still have faith in Rossi's racing skills. However, that being said, I have more respect for Stoner's racing skills after seeing Rossi on the Ducati now. Nice to see Stoner enjoying the humor in the picture as well :)


August 11, 2011 8:30 PM

Well i hope Val has a better season on the 1000cc Ducati next year than he had on the 800 this year! He is naturally putting on a brave face for the press but i think we all know that all is not well right now and major advances need to be made.Forget this season,its over for him,concentrate on next years bike and lets hope for better results.Otherwise it will not be a Ducati under him in 2013!

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