Rossi to move to Ducati

Alsacien

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#3
soldierboy99 said:
Probably because lorenzo is going to win it this year, with rossi being injured
I think Lorenzo would win even if Rossi was not injured.... but this is good news, Rossi needs an "enemy" to be at his best... :D
 
#5
i read in MCN that rossi could be back in 3weeks, but i can't imagine that!
i agree, lorenzo is the star this year. ben spies is moving to fiat when rossi is out, should be interesting.
 
#6
Should make for some good race viewing next year then!
 
#7
As good as Lorenzo is, had Vale not been injured, I still don't think he would have won this year. The only real challenge he faces now is from Dovizioso and Pedrosa.

If Vale moves to Ducati next year he will finish in the top 3 and win it in 2012.
 
#8
bmal said:
I read in MCN that Rossi could be back in 3 weeks, but I can't imagine that!
It's going to be 5-6 months. The break was really nasty and its taken 5 operations to get it right.
 
#9
Now as much as Id like to see Vale on a Duke, wasn't MCN the same people/journo's to break the story about him "signing for Ferrari for an F1 drive" ..??

Large pinch of salt I think... but yep, I cant wait to see him back and giving it big licks again.. he is at his best when hes under pressure and has an "enemy" to ride against so to speak..

Heal fast Vale and get back out there - no matter what bike youre on !!
 
#10
Be interesting to see Rossi on something different.

Whilst I agree there is no love lost between Rossi and Lorenzo,I personally think that Rossi was getting bored at Yamaha,and wanted/needed a change,however the fact that Yamaha has reduced his contract from 14 million euros to 9 million euros is a bit of a kick in the bollox,whilst Ducati upped its offer to 15 million euros,plus a few little sweetners,could also have something to do with it.

Given the new engine size change scheduled for 2012 but could be here next year,I think Rossi,and Burgess might spend 2011,with Ducati helping to develop a bigger engine,whatever happens it's going to make Moto GP so much more lively.
 

Alsacien

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#11
RoofRat said:
Be interesting to see Rossi on something different.

Whilst I agree there is no love lost between Rossi and Lorenzo,I personally think that Rossi was getting bored at Yamaha,and wanted/needed a change,however the fact that Yamaha has reduced his contract from 14 million euros to 9 million euros is a bit of a kick in the bollox,whilst Ducati upped its offer to 15 million euros,plus a few little sweetners,could also have something to do with it.

Given the new engine size change scheduled for 2012 but could be here next year,I think Rossi,and Burgess might spend 2011,with Ducati helping to develop a bigger engine,whatever happens it's going to make Moto GP so much more lively.
Bored are we? :D

It is MCN and the rumour has been about before, but a couple of other sources seem to agree with this one.
Will Burgess go along or will he retire I wonder.......
Ducati don't have to worry about paying Rossi as an Italian sponsor will pick up that tab I guess.
 
#12
I was told in the Media Centre at Valencia last year that Rossi was going to Ducati and Stoner was off to Honda.

This was by a very reliable source.

I was also at Assen last weekend and the same source told me that Ducati have offered Valentino 15million Euro, and Yamaha only 9 million. They are cutting his wage to give Jorge an increase. Valentino doesn't like that.

Burgess will move with him.

This is going to happen. He'll also be back by Brno from what I'm hearing. Hope so, because I'm going to Indianapolis.
 

Alsacien

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#13
the_guru said:
I was told in the Media Centre at Valencia last year that Rossi was going to Ducati and Stoner was off to Honda.

This was by a very reliable source.

I was also at Assen last weekend and the same source told me that Ducati have offered Valentino 15million Euro, and Yamaha only 9 million. They are cutting his wage to give Jorge an increase. Valentino doesn't like that.

Burgess will move with him.

This is going to happen. He'll also be back by Brno from what I'm hearing. Hope so, because I'm going to Indianapolis.
I guess Ducati will be stuck with Hayden then .... US bike market is big I suppose.

I need a new lid - think I might wait until next year.... :)
 
#14
Guess the FIAT sponsorship will stay in house next year then-Ducati on GOAT's machine,then on Ferrari second team in 2012.Spies would kick his arrse on a 1000 cc cross-plane crank works M1 anyway :)
 

Alsacien

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#15
sapperbraindead said:
Guess the FIAT sponsorship will stay in house next year then-Ducati on GOAT's machine,then on Ferrari second team in 2012.Spies would kick his arrse on a 1000 cc cross-plane crank works M1 anyway :)
History suggests that Spies will struggle to get to the very top of MotoGP with his superbike background.
For me Stoner and now Lorenzo look to be the strongest to pick up the Rossi crown - but Rossi has a few more years yet if the drive stays strong.
 
#16
not sure which paper said that, but he is pretty nifty in the F1 cars link, anything with wheels it seems! Randi de-puniet has been looking good lately, keeping up with the biggy's on his privateer.
 
#17
Alsacien said:
RoofRat said:
Be interesting to see Rossi on something different.

Whilst I agree there is no love lost between Rossi and Lorenzo,I personally think that Rossi was getting bored at Yamaha,and wanted/needed a change,however the fact that Yamaha has reduced his contract from 14 million euros to 9 million euros is a bit of a kick in the bollox,whilst Ducati upped its offer to 15 million euros,plus a few little sweetners,could also have something to do with it.

Given the new engine size change scheduled for 2012 but could be here next year,I think Rossi,and Burgess might spend 2011,with Ducati helping to develop a bigger engine,whatever happens it's going to make Moto GP so much more lively.
Bored are we? :D

It is MCN and the rumour has been about before, but a couple of other sources seem to agree with this one.
Will Burgess go along or will he retire I wonder.......
Ducati don't have to worry about paying Rossi as an Italian sponsor will pick up that tab I guess.
Got it from another source. I think Yamaha will struggle if/when Rossi/Burgess go,I don't think Lorenzo could help develop a bike the same way Rossi/Burgess did with the M1,and given the changes in the pipeline,I think Yamaha are going to need more than a youngster that can go fast!

On top of which I think Lorenzo is a morose bitch at the best of times,don't forget it was him that put the screen up between them in the garage,and refused to share info,fuckwit! :lol:
 

Alsacien

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#18
RoofRat said:
Alsacien said:
RoofRat said:
Be interesting to see Rossi on something different.

Whilst I agree there is no love lost between Rossi and Lorenzo,I personally think that Rossi was getting bored at Yamaha,and wanted/needed a change,however the fact that Yamaha has reduced his contract from 14 million euros to 9 million euros is a bit of a kick in the bollox,whilst Ducati upped its offer to 15 million euros,plus a few little sweetners,could also have something to do with it.

Given the new engine size change scheduled for 2012 but could be here next year,I think Rossi,and Burgess might spend 2011,with Ducati helping to develop a bigger engine,whatever happens it's going to make Moto GP so much more lively.
Bored are we? :D

It is MCN and the rumour has been about before, but a couple of other sources seem to agree with this one.
Will Burgess go along or will he retire I wonder.......
Ducati don't have to worry about paying Rossi as an Italian sponsor will pick up that tab I guess.
Got it from another source. I think Yamaha will struggle if/when Rossi/Burgess go,I don't think Lorenzo could help develop a bike the same way Rossi/Burgess did with the M1,and given the changes in the pipeline,I think Yamaha are going to need more than a youngster that can go fast!

On top of which I think Lorenzo is a morose bitch at the best of times,don't forget it was him that put the screen up between them in the garage,and refused to share info,fuckwit! :lol:
Still, Jorge is a right laugh compared to Pedrosa :D
 

P_J

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#19
I think it will do MotoGP good to have a bit of a shake up. To say that Spies will struggle to get to the very top of MotoGP with his Superbike background, I can't see that to be honest. The guy is showing a lot of promise. IIRC he was the first American to win a race in the Superbikes since Colin Edwards in 2002. The likes of Colin Edwards and James Toseland did ok after going over to MotoGP. The main problems Colin Edwards had was the bikes he was given and factories he went with plus injuries. Same with Toseland.

There's no disputing that Rossi is one of, if not the best MotoGP rider but we need a challenger to his crown. As much as I love the guy, I think his smash will allow some of the others to shine a bit more and push themselves further. Can't be easy for him watching it all unfold, especially as he'll know that it's going to take a while after he's healed to get back to full race fitness but I think it will make him want it more and in turn give us more excitement as spectators.

As for him moving to F1, I think he'll go to rallying as he did ok in that.
 

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