MotoGP »

Rossi: Emotional Ducati farewell

"It will be very, very interesting on Tuesday to try to understand which level I can achieve with the M1 and what feeling after two difficult seasons... I can't wait" - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi's time at Ducati may have been his least successful in grand prix racing, but the Italian admits it will be 'very emotional' when he walks out of the team garage for the final time on Sunday evening.

Rossi is heading back to Yamaha after failing to win a race at Ducati, and will make his M1 return during testing at Valencia on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Yes, it will be the last race with Ducati, and for sure we're arriving at the end of this story between us, that unfortunately never gave good performance, or the level we expected,” said the seven time MotoGP champion, who has taken just three podiums from his 34 starts on the Desmosedici.

“It will be difficult on Sunday because after you work for a long part of the year with the people, and you then have to stop and change teams. It will be very emotional. Even if the result was not fantastic, we had a good time together outside of the track, and we tried the maximum.”

Rossi starts the final round sixth in the championship, eight points behind Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista and sixth ahead of Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow.

“We will stay concentrated, stay focussed and last year here was not too bad in practice but then we had the crash in the first corner of the race. We also have to wait and see for the weather and understand the new surface.”

But Rossi is already eagerly awaiting the post-race test, which will mark his first Yamaha laps since 2010, as he re-joins the factory with which he won four of his premier-class titles.

“It will be very, very interesting on Tuesday especially for me to try to understand which level I can achieve with the M1 and what feeling after two difficult seasons,” Rossi declared.

“I can't wait for the test. But first we have to stay concentrated and try to get the maximum points on Sunday for the battle for fifth place.”

33-year-old Rossi will ride alongside former team-mate and newly crowned double world champion Jorge Lorenzo for the next two seasons at Yamaha.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP 2012
Aegerter dash
Rabat, German MotoGP race 2017
Lorenzo, German MotoGP race 2017
Crutchlow, German MotoGP race 2017
Dovizioso, Lorenzo, Aleix Espargaro German MotoGP race 2017
Miller, Bautista German MotoGP race 2017
Marquez, Pedrosa, Lorenzo German MotoGP race 2017
Lorenzo, Iannone, German MotoGP 2017
Crutchlow, German MotoGP 2017
Vinales, Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Vinales, Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, Dovizioso, Vinales German MotoGP 2017
Rossi fans, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, German MotoGP 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


November 08, 2012 6:34 PM

You've got to give it to him, in loosing he's matured lots and you can tell he worked very hard to try and make it work. Being ahead of Cal is still very impressive given the season he's had. I just hope the whole pack hasn't moved up a notch leaving Rossi behind on the Yam. Good luck for 2013 Rossi, we all hope you do well, fan or not MotoGP needs some spirit at the front.

Racer - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 6:45 PM

Anyone who has raced knows that not every bike works for every rider. I'm sure we all wish it was that simple. Fact is, if the rider does not have the feel, then the speed will not be there plain and simple. It is clear that Stoner was the only one who could win on the Ducati and if you look at the rest of the field, they were nothing but paddock filler. It is a shame that Ducati/Rossi could not do anything good however, it will be nice to see Rossi back with Yamaha who he helped take from 0 to top bike on the grid. At this point, MotoGP needs Rossi to start winning again and bringing battles between himself and others. Damn sad sad shame what happend to Super Sic...he was the only other rider who really brought personality to a sport which has been on a steady decline. will ALWAYS be missed!

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.