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I see it as a win win situation for both Rossi and Ducati. Rossi can get back to riding in a way and on a bike that suits him. Ducati can get back to building race bikes the way they know how.
The past 18 months without Stoner has highlighted the fact that the Ducati is not a match for the M1 or RCV, but the records from 2003 onwards showed them to be better than Suz and Kawa prior to their withdrawal.
Piggy in the middle of a Japanese sandwich.
With Audi's manufacturing and engineering facilities
available, Ducati's race engineers should be able to implement modifications far quicker than in the past.
PS. Stoner won't be back. The best one could hope for is a wild card or substitute ride on a Honda.