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Ross heads for last Ducati race

“It's a 'Micky Mouse' track that's small for MotoGP and therefore difficult and tricky. There are a bunch of left hand corners, and I normally prefer those that go to the right.

“Anyway, we'll see. The asphalt was redone and that should have improved both the grip and the bumps.

“It will be a strange weekend that should be challenging for a few different reasons, but we'll do our best.”

Team manager Vittoriano Guareschi added: “It's the last race, and we have the chance for Valentino to finish the season in fifth place. We'll all do our best to help him achieve that.”

Team-mate Nicky Hayden has been the only other Ducati rider to finish on the podium during the Rossi-era, courtesy of a damp race at Jerez 2011.

Rossi, a winner of 79 races for Honda and Yamaha, is returning to Yamaha next season, where he will re-join double world champion Jorge Lorenzo at the Factory M1 team.

Rossi will make his 1000cc Yamaha debut in the post-race test on Tuesday and Wednesday, when his replacement Andrea Dovizioso will complete his first Desmosedici laps.



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Dave Smithers - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 2:03 PM

It's such a shame that Rossi has failed with Ducati. To 'only' do as well as Hayden is just not good enough for a guy who was once at the top. Id like to know the truth as to whether Rossi has been trying his best or not though. He has admitted himself to not pushing to the limit, which i find totally absurbed for a top level racer, let alone to publically admit it. He is employed to race and put in 100%, and if he is seriously saying he has not been doing that, then Ducati should have given him the boot a long time ago in my opinion. I respect Rossi for what he has acheived in the past, but no one can ignore his failure for the last 2 years. I try not to bring up Stoner in Rossi threads and vice versa, but these 2 seasons of failure for Rossi, different bike or not, being more or less on level terms with Hayden, proves that he is not even close to the level of Stoner. Great rider yes, but clearly not the greatest that people thought he was.



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