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Indianapolis MotoGP: Rossi talks Crutchlow Ducati move

“It will be interesting to see what happens” - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi believes Cal Crutchlow's chances of success at Ducati will depend largely on whether the Italian factory can 'raise the level' of its Desmosedici motorcycle.

Rossi endured the only winless seasons of his career at Ducati during 2011 and 2012, prompting a return to the official Yamaha team.

And while the Italian is the most high profile rider to be flummoxed by the Desmosedici, the likes of Marco Melandri and Nicky Hayden have also been unable to repeat their race winning form with other brands.

Crutchlow, who has spent his first three MotoGP seasons at the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha team, will now take up the challenge for at least the next two years.

Asked on the eve of this weekend's Indianapolis round if he had any advice for Crutchlow, Rossi replied:

“You know, I think that Cal want very much a factory bike, no? And maybe think that Yamaha doesn't give enough importance to his work and for sure you go with Ducati, and at Ducati a lot of people will work for him.

“Like he said, it's a great challenge for him because Dovizioso have some problem, and I have some problem to bring the Ducati to the top. But Cal has a different riding style and is a different rider. He is very strong. So why not?

“Advice, for sure, at the beginning it will be hard because the Ducati is more difficult to bring at the limit compared to the M1. But anyway, I think that in the factory, in Ducati, they have to work a lot. I think they know they have to raise the level of the bike and it will be interesting to see what happens.”

Ducati has not won a race since Casey Stoner's departure at the end of 2010, with its last non-Stoner win by Loris Capirossi back in 2007. Ducati's current line-up of Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden - Crutchlow will replace the American - are seventh and ninth in the championship standings.

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Da Rock

August 16, 2013 3:00 AM

The Ducati is like an old italian womans cooking. While it can be nice and look good, it doesn't always taste great. What everyone has done so far is tell her to change her recipe. Stoner was the only one that brought his own salt and made the most of what he was given.


August 15, 2013 11:02 PM
Last Edited 1166 days ago

The only thing dissapointing is the comments above, For one rider that was not trying Rossi put the Ducati in 6 place on the Champ.. Lets see what Dovi one rider that impress bad mouths in 2012 will do with Ducati.. What Rossi will say? is the only true if Ducati dont improve the red Pig thers nothingh that Cal will do.. Cal i remember the rider that loss to Dovi on Dovi 1 year with Tech 3.. You guys have to be honest Rossi did what was possible for him to do..

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