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Valentino Rossi Signs with Yamaha

Friday, August 10, 2012
Ducatis Valentino Rossi took sixth-place at Sachsenring.
Valentino Rossi made it official, signing on to ride with Yamaha Factory Racing for 2013 and 2014.
Valentino Rossi has made his decision for the 2013 and 2014 seasons and will ride for Yamaha Factory Racing alongside Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi first rode for Yamaha in 2004 and went on to take four MotoGP titles, winning 46 races in a seven year period before leaving for Ducati in 2010. Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis offered this statement regarding the new lineup.

“This announcement is once again excellent news for Yamaha. In June we were able to sign Jorge Lorenzo for the 2013-14 campaign and now we are able to confirm Valentino Rossi for the next two years. In doing so we have been able to put together the strongest possible team to challenge for victories and to promote the Yamaha brand.

“We have run this ‘super team’ together in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and during that time we achieved the ‘triple crown’ titles with Rider, Manufacturer and Team World Championship victories for three consecutive years.

“The target for the future is obvious and we will do our utmost to achieve our goals.

“I have no doubt that with the experience, knowledge, skills and speed of these two great champion riders we will be able to challenge for many race wins and for the 2013 and 2014 World Championship titles.

“The signing of Valentino completes our future planning for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team. Now that this is done we will put our 100% efforts into completing the job at hand and to supporting Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo in their search for race victories and for Jorge’s 2012 World Championship title challenge.”

Ducati also issued a statement wishing Rossi well on his new endeavor, which can be read in full below.

As the MotoGP 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.

Ducati wishes the Italian well for the new challenges that await him, and in the meantime, the team will continue to give its best effort in order to improve over the latter part of the season.

Racing has always been in Ducati’s DNA, and now more than ever, it is integral to the Borgo Panigale company’s product development and image. AUDI shares Ducati’s strategic approach and agrees with its growing commitment to competition.

Therefore, having recently renewed its agreement with American Nicky Hayden, Ducati is in the process of finalizing the team that will take part in the 2013 World Championship, confident that its team and bike will be capable of competing at the highest level.

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bradvanhorn   August 13, 2012 07:37 AM
Ducati has only declined since 2007 and now is static at the back of the prototype pack, being beaten regularly by even the satellite Yamaha and Honda teams these days. If Ducati could deliver a competitive bike then they could attract and keep talented riders.

Stoner with Ducati: 1st in 2007, 2d in 2008, and 4th in 2009 and 2010

Hayden with Ducati: 13th in 2009, 7th in 2010, 8th in 2011, currently in 7th; only one podium last year and none yet this year

Rossi with Ducati: 7th last year, currently in 8th; only one podium last year and so far one podium this year

Rossi was all but completely dominant in his preceding years with Yamaha. Rossi's return to Yamaha means he'll actually have opportunity to compete at the front.
moomoodeadcow   August 12, 2012 03:54 PM
Feels a bit too soon. He's not completely hopeless on Ducati judging from his performance this season and now that Audi's in the game. Ducati's really stepping their game up. This just makes him look desperate.
bodine   August 12, 2012 08:39 AM
Sellout piss on him, hope he never gets a podium!!i'm one pissed off ducati fan.
leward18   August 11, 2012 03:49 AM
It's going to be great seeing Rossi compete for race wins again, exactly where he belongs.
bikerrandy   August 10, 2012 02:24 PM
So now Nicky should be Ducati's #1 rider since he'll be the only 1 who already has a MotoGP Championship title. Of course when Nicky was at Honda that didn't seem to matter and Dani was their #1 then.
kwaynee20   August 10, 2012 02:16 PM
The two Tech Three boyz have to be pissed about that. Now Crutchlow can shut up about that factory yamaha seat and sign the Tech Three deal because he'd be stupid to go to Ducati... Poor Dovi. He's fast but know one wants him...
MotoFreak   August 10, 2012 10:02 AM
Hey Waheed, I knew you would be right! Must feel great, especially after that tool posting that you should be woken up. I never doubted you for a second.
GrayFox117   August 10, 2012 09:14 AM
LOL!...This didn't take long!...can't say I blame him for going back to Yamaha, Ducati has an AWFUL grand prix bike