Friday, August 10, 2012

Valentino Rossi back with the Yamaha Factory MotoGP team for 2013-14

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Two years ago, it was "Bye Bye Baby," and now Rossi is crawling back to Yamaha...

Valentino Rossi will leave Ducati at the end of this year and will rejoin the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP team for 2013 and 2014. The Doctor hasn’t been able to win a single race on the Ducati Desmosedici GP11 and GP12 bikes, though he did manage to take a second-place finish in France this year.

Rossi won four MotoGP world championships (2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009) and 46 races with Yamaha from 2004-2010, before joining the Ducati team in 2011. The Rossi-Ducati Italian dream team, along with Aussie mech Jeremy Burgess, was expected to deliver great results but that never happened. The partnership never seemed to get off the ground, race wins never came and Rossi went from making noises about development work to pronouncing the Ducati MotoGP bike unrideable.

Despite The Doctor’s public outbursts about how terrible the Ducati bike is, Ducati have maintained a dignified silence throughout, never ever implying that the lack of results may have been because of the rider rather than because of the bike. In the end, even though we’re huge fans of The Doctor, we have to admit this whole thing makes Rossi look pretty silly. Back in 2010, Burgess and Rossi announced their move to Ducati with much fanfare and blowing of their own trumpets and two years later, they have copious amounts of egg on their faces – they’re looking silly, they’re looking like fools.

So Rossi is crawling back to Yamaha now, with his tail firmly clenched between his legs. We think Yamaha are being pretty gracious in taking him back, given his lack of results over the last two years. Whether or not Valentino can start winning races again on the Yamaha is not really the point – he probably will, despite younger, hungrier riders out there who’re baying for his blood. But the ‘superhuman’ aura which The Doctor once had is no more.

We love Ducati and we hope they’ll be able to find a talented young rider who’ll be able to do what Rossi couldn’t – win races aboard Ducati’s MotoGP bike. We wish Ducati all the best for 2013 and 2014, and we hope some Ducati rider – be it Nicky Hayden or anyone else – beats Rossi and his Yamaha in a few races next year!


wallymann said...

i'd be really curious to know what the hold-up was at ducati. it seems that burgess/rossi had alot of things they wanted to change, but for whatever reason ducati wouldnt or couldnt develop what was requested anywhere near fast enough.

Anonymous said...

That is some really nasty writing!
Hayden on a Ducati beating Rossi on a Yamaha? You are delusional!

Klatuu said...

Wow, sour grapes much?

You'll see me wearing a #69 jersey before you'll see me wearing #46, but that doesn't mean I can't distinguish reality from fantasy. Rossi has 7 world titles at the Big Boy level, Ducati has 1. I'm thinking the problem with Ducati lately aint Rossi.

Maquina deGuerra said...

That's some extremely poor writing man.
I've read many articles on the Rossi / Ducati debacle and there is universal agreement that the Ducati MotoGP bike is simply not up to the job.
Ducati in MotoGP have been going backwards since 2007.

Rossi and Burgess thought they could fix the lemon. They were wrong.

Lets see what Rossi does next year on competitive machinery.

Faster and Faster said...

To everyone who thinks this is 'nasty' or 'poor' writing, we stand by what we've said in the article. Nobody knows whether the bike was crap or not but even if we do assume for a minute that it was, Valentino definitely should have had the grace, the humility, to say - at least once - that he was sorry that he failed to develop the bike into a race winner.

Ducati were always graceful about the whole thing - they, too, could have pointed fingers and said Rossi had gotten old, that he was only interested in the money, that he was no longer willing to put everything on the line in order to win races. Everyone can play the blame game and Rossi did, which was not befitting of a multi-time world champ.

The Doctor left Yamaha in a huff. He made Yamaha choose between Lorenzo and him, and Yamaha chose the Spaniard. Now, after 2 years of not winning a single race on the Ducati, he's crawling back to Yamaha. If that isn't eating a mega slice of humble pie, we don't know what is.

Maquina de Guerra said...

Faster and Faster,

with respect, please post up your sources for your statement that Rossi left Yamaha in a huff. I was under the impression that Rossi left Yamaha on good terms. I would be interested to read otherwise.
(Rossi is certainly not on the best terms with Honda).

It was obviously in the best interest of both Rossi and Ducati for this relationship to work.
Here is one example of Rossi stating his commitment to the development of the Ducati:
(Probably not the best example, but I've spent two minutes on this; I have no desire to spend longer).

Also, there is widespread agreement that the current Ducati MotoGP bike isn't up to the job.
Here's one analysis from a highly regarded source:

I am obviously a Rossi fan and you obviously are not.
That's fine; people have different opinions and this is your blog. Also, I'm not so naive as to believe that Rossi is simply the great guy he portrays on television. However I think something like your dislike for Rossi might be clouding your judgement in this case.

Good luck to Ducati for the future in MotoGP, and I hope they have continued success in WSBK etc.

Faster and Faster said...

We're huge fans of Rossi - we love him. But we still think he gave Ducati a raw deal and did not handle his move from Ducati to Yamaha with grace and/or humility. And that's it, really - we have no more to say on the subject.

Anonymous said...

How much did Ducati pay for this article?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Ducati paid a lot of money for this. A LOT of money. What a pity YOU didn't get any...



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