Ducati have ended months of speculation over Valentiino Rossi’s future by confirming he will not race for them next year:
As the Moto GP series awaits its return to action for the August 19 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Ducati announces that its working relationship with Valentino Rossi will conclude at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.
This is brilliant! I watched “Fastest” the other day and it really did bring Valentino across as a nice, down-to-earth and very fun man. Seeing someone dominate isn’t much fun but it’s also not much fun seeing someone like Rossi not competing for wins and battling with the guys at the front, so I hope this brings him back to his best.
Oh, and watch Fastest if you haven’t already! It’s actually quite good and has definitely shown me how amazing these riders are.
Guess there’s going to be a period of total Yamaha dominance in Lorenzo & Rossi, nice to see him back anyway. Will be looking forward to the inter-team battle next year (hopefully) – and of course watching the remainder of this season.
I wish more F1 drivers were this outspoken. Here’s Stoner on Rossi leaving Ducati:
They ate their words from day one. Jerry [Burgess] saying that it would take him 80 seconds to fix that bike and that it was a simple issue and now they have had pretty much two years on the thing have not made any inroads. [...]
Obviously he doesn’t want to put the effort in with Ducati. It is disappointing for them that they’re doing all they can and he is not even trying to get the best out of it.
Strong words from casey stoner. Especially since 2007 was the only strong year for Ducati. The team hasn’t been one of the strongest to challenge for the title. Besides, when Rossi joined yamaha the M1 was not exactly a title fetching bike and critics had pointed out that yamaha’s bold move to employ rossi would backfire on them. But then rossi did win the opening race and i think went on to win the title that year. Looking forward to a lot of criticism aimed at stoner.
Sounded more like a rant than anything else. Stoner has never liked Rossi anyway, but he does love to run his mouth. Will be a shame to see a character like him leave a sport so desperate for riders and excitement.