The Ducati big boss Filippo Preziosi was not surprised when the MotoGP superstar declined their multi-million pound offer in favor of its rival Yamaha. Even with the help of Audi could Ducati persuade Valentino Rossi a new two-year contract after a so called “disastrous stint” while the superstar is on board with Ducati’s Desmosedici.
There were speculations that Rossi will not sign another contract after the rumors that Desmosedici is not accelerating enough for the nine times world champ. However, in an interview with MCN, Preziosi gave a statement that being a fan of Rossi, he is happy for him though the star will face tough challenge to go back with Jorge Lorenzo.
At the end of the season, Rossi is expected to be reunited with Yamaha as he recently signed a contract for the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer. He will then join the league with rival Lorenzo after confirming that he will rejoin the team he left last 2010. This change of career path for Rossi has brought Ducati bad PR, but the Desmosedici company supported still his decision.
Rossi, 33, will be replacing Ben Spies, 28, who remains tight-lipped with his decision in leaving Yamaha MotoGP team. Spies said in an interview that there are few reasons why he gave up his post on the team, but he is still not ready to talk about this MotoGP future. Whatever the American’s decision may be, it seem that he is quite firm with it and tweeted to his fans that he cannot make comments until the official announcements comes out for the knowledge of the public.
In a different light, Casey Stoner, an Australian native and a two-time MotoGP World Champion, criticized Rossi’s return to Yamaha after the Italian’s “disastrous” stint over the Bologna factory. It was in Rossi’s arrival to Ducati that the Bologna factory was publicized to start a golden era, yet with Rossi’s failure to race with the expectations considering he was the highest profile rider to ride and master Desmosedici. Stoner believes that Rossi’s return to Yamaha is a humbling move upon trying to recapture his former glory while riding a Yamaha bike alongside Spanish rival Lorenzo.
Moreover, Yamaha cannot disregard Rossi’s contribution on its team success upon giving the Japanes factory the most successful period in MotoGP for six years to 2004 to 2010, as the Italian won 46 races with 4 world titles. Lin Jarvis, Yamaha’s managing director, was positive that bringing Lorenzo and Rossi together in a team is putting a strong deal against contenders in MotoGP. Jarvis has no doubt that running the “super team” with both racers experience and skills in riding,they will be bringing more win for the next two years championship titles.
The next two years in the riding world is truly something to look forward to with two of MotoGPs great riders working in hand over the same team. Valentino may be feel pressured considering the politics that is playing behind his famed move. To the Yellow Army out there, I believe that we all respect him for his decisions, it is his happiness, and we cannot question him for that. Still, it’s always Rossi and nobody else.