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Changes ahead for Ducati?

Preziosi's Desmosedici, featuring a steel trellis frame, made its MotoGP debut in 2003 and went on to win seven races in the 990cc era, with Loris Capirossi (6) and Troy Bayliss (1).

New signing Stoner then won 23 races and the 2007 world title during four years on the 800cc machine, which saw increasing structural use of carbon fibre, but the only other post-2006 victory was a single wet/dry win for Capirossi.

Ducati has not won a race since Stoner's departure for Honda at the end of 2010, despite signing seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi to replace the Australian.

Rossi is moving back to Yamaha after just three podiums with Ducati, which switched to a twin-spar aluminium frame - as used by the Japanese bikes - for the start of this season.

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November 10, 2012 5:23 PM

For Rossi haters:- "Audi had put a lot of effort into retaining Valentino Rossi for Ducati, and are said to have been very unhappy when it was announced he had decided to leave and return to Yamaha. The loss of Rossi was probably the final straw for Audi, the German car manufacturer deciding at that point that drastic measures would be needed to rectify the situation."

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