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@marc and @crt both have valid viewpoints with the benefits of 20,20 hindsight. But the decision to hire Rossi was made two years ago. It was a good decision at that time, considering the benefits which could have been gained. The "bad" element was that having ignored the comments of winning riders such as Melandri and Capirossi, they continued to ignore VR and JB, thereby wasting their investment.
The Ducati money-men got it right. It was team management who got it wrong. Audi would have wasted their time and money if they had left an unsuccessful management team calling the shots.
Preziosi is undoubtedly a talented man, but new blood and new thinking was essential to move the Team forwards.