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Rossi ready to consider Ducati move

By Michele Lostia and Pablo ElizaldeFriday, November 9th 2007, 11:20 GMT
Seven-time champion Valentino Rossi is ready to consider a future outside Yamaha if next year's bike doesn't prove competitive enough.
The Italian rider struggled to match Ducati rival Casey Stoner's form this year, with the Australian going on to take 10 victories on his way to the title.
Rossi won just four races and finished in third place in the standings after retiring from the last race, where he needed just one point to secure the runner-up spot, with mechanical problems.
The Yamaha rider has a contract with his team until the end of next season, but Rossi admits he will consider his options if the new bike fails to impress him.
"Let's see how this devilish engine improves. If it improves then we can wait one more year," the Italian told Gazzetta dello Sport. "If there's nothing to do, amen. I have a good relationship with both, but I'd certainly like Ducati because they're Italian."
Rossi believes Stoner would have no problems partnering him at Ducati.
"I don't think he'd say no," Rossi said. "Maybe he'd like to fight with the same bike. OK, that's a big one..."
He added: "Stoner is not an overnight sensation, but to be the new Valentino he needs to win more, by fighting hard against Valentino and against Pedrosa too. In any case he won't be the new Valentino, he will be Stoner."
Rossi also reckons both Honda and Yamaha underestimated Ducati this year, with the Italian bike's engine showing it was a step ahead of its rivals.
"All the Japanese manufacturers have," he said. "Ducati have been intelligent and aggressive and they have worked better. We were competitive against Honda, but they have the money and the people to recover in a short time, something which Yamaha have lacked."
Rossi won the titles with Yamaha in 2004 and 2005, but has been beaten in the past two seasons. The Italian reckons Yamaha now need more resources in order to fight on top.
"Yamaha has never been the quickest bike but this year we were even 15-20 km/h slower," he said. "We have suffered from the reduction of fuel capacity: each time we tried to do something we broke down.
"If I want to win they must make some important changes. We need more capable people and more money."
 

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Interesting read...I cant believe he would undermine his team by stating he is looking to go else where before the season even starts though. I really do not get how he thinks in terms of his team some times. I always liked Valentino, never one of my favorite riders, but liked him, until all this I, I, I, and me, me, me $hit started. Just not my style but hopefully it works for him I guess.
 

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Stoner and Melandri, have multi year contract with the Factory Ducati team, so unless he is going to a satellite team, I don't see the move happening.
 

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Stoner and Melandri, have multi year contract with the Factory Ducati team, so unless he is going to a satellite team, I don't see the move happening.
He's Valentino Rossi, they will add a third bike because he deserves it. :lmao


sorry, couldnt resist. :rofl
 

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Ducati boss cautious on Rossi future talk

By Michele Lostia and Pablo ElizaldeMonday, November 12th 2007, 12:06 GMT
Ducati team boss Livio Suppo was cautious when responding to Valentino Rossi's comments, in which the Italian rider hinted at a future with the team.
Rossi suggested he is ready to leave Yamaha at the end of 2008 if his bike doesn't prove competitive next season.
"If it gets better I can wait another year. If not there is nothing left to do," Rossi told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I have a good relationship with both (Ducati and Honda), but definitely I would prefer Ducati because they are Italian."
Suppo knows Italian fans would welcome the move, but the Ducati boss is cautious about the prospect of the seven-time champion riding for them.
"It's definitely too early to talk about 2009," Suppo told Gazzetta dello Sport. "And then I must be careful: whether I say a yes or a no, it will be interpreted in any case in a misleading way.
"I can certainly say that, from some fringes of our fans, we get the request, or rather the desire, to see Rossi on our bike, in order to come up with a fight with Stoner on truly equal footing.
"We've never talked about it explicitly, but like every racing rider, Stoner has always made it clear that as far as he's concerned he can be teamed up with anyone. In my opinion he is in such a state of grace that he wouldn't be afraid to be challenged.
"We have a deal for the next two years with Marco Melandri, we count a lot on him, and a three-year deal with Stoner. We'd like to extend it with Casey (Stoner), and maybe he'd like that too, as one of his idols is **** Doohan, who was always with Honda.
"Anything can change, but Casey seems willing to go his way with us."
Suppo also denied rumours that Ducati are preparing a third bike for Rossi for 2008.
"I've heard this rumour too and I really can't figure out where it originated from," he added. "I don't think something like this could be done without me knowing about it. So I say that it's absolutely impossible, for the simple reason that the bike doesn't exist.
"The parts to build it have simply not been ordered. At the moment the mechanics are building the bikes, but they are Casey's and Marco's which will have their debut at the end of the month in Jerez."
He added: "That was an operation meant to be done with Loris (Capirossi), who had been with us for five years, from our debut to now. Frankly thinking of something like that seems hasty to me. At least at the moment: Valentino himself says that it's absurd. Season apart, let's call it a mid-summer dream.
"I'm happy about the 9 (marks out of 10) Rossi gave us: it shows the appreciation for the work done this year. Besides, it's true that that admiration goes two-ways.
"However, if he marked his season with an 8, he should have given Casey a 10 since he has made no mistakes."
 

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i'd love to see stoner and rossi on the same bike...i think rossi would win, but i wouldn't be drop dead shocked if stoner edged him out. Yami has got to be pissed though. Hearing from their top rider that yami needs more money and more people who know what they are doing. I think rossi is just beyond pissed at this point and doesn't care if he offends anyone. I'm sure it's breaking the "team" apart though as you stated kwcomp.
 

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But stoner is soo used to that Bike.....
Plus he's the defending Champ!

I Think Ducati might be in for a Great season next year....
Plus i dont see any type of team riding going on unless its these two
pushing each other faster and faster around the track lap for lap!
 

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^ :lmao
 

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stoner would more likely slit his wrist than admit that if rossi was on a ducky his ass would be runner up.
 

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I don't see why people think Valentino would be the automatic winner. Sure, he's bad ass and won 7 ( 5 if you ask me ) championships, but he won those with different people challenging him than what he has to deal with now, so while all those titles are nice ,they don't do jack shiat for the " right now ". Hell, how many times have I said it , and I'll say it again , he went into the last race of the year last year as the points leader for the championship and CHOKED. He's awesome, but he's only human, I wouldn't rule out Stoner kicking his tail by any means.
 
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