• Jun 23, 2010
Rumors continue to swirl around the MotoGP paddock these days, many surrounding some of the top riders in the sport. Specifically, Australian Casey Stoner, who currently races for Ducati, is said to have already accepted an offer to compete next season for Honda. Naturally, then, there will be a couple of high profile slots open, possibly both for Ducati and for Honda.

One other silly season rumor that seems to have some legs would create a so-called Italian Dream Team, pairing up fan favorite Valentino Rossi with Ducati. Another storied Italian company is also known to be keenly interested in retaining Rossi's services for the upcoming racing season: Ferrari.

A new and intriguing possibility has reportedly sprung up that could see Rossi racing on both two and four wheels. According to a recent report, Ducati has crafted an offer for Rossi that would see him on the Italian bikes for two years, with dedicated time to test for Ferrari's Formula One team along with a possible move to rally racing after the contract was up.

We have absolutely no way to verify an of this, so take it all with a suitably large grain of salt for now. If and when we know more, so will you.

[Source: Two Wheels Blog]


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      hex311k
      • 4 Years Ago
      i dunno i wish rossi would just stick with motogp racing, id rather see him as a motogp legend than a motogp legend who finished his career as a wannabe f1 racer (maybe hes good? who knows) but i guess you make money anyway you can, in that regard do it up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hex311k
        Rossi has already test driven Ferrari F1 cars in the past and shown he's already incredibly quick with them. And what's left for him to prove in MotoGP? I'd rather he stay in MotoGP too, but I wouldn't begrudge him wanting to try something different. He's repeatedly expressed his belief that current MotoGP is boring compared to the old days, and some general dissatisfaction.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hex311k
        Rossi testes F1 cars for a few years, now.
        He was really impressive to begin with, but then he was not able to make his times evolve anymore.

        Ferrari doesn't see more in him than an incredible marketing opportunity, now.

        Having said that, there are almost no opportunities for tests in current F1, so I don't see how this rumor can be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hex311k
        It worked for John Surtees. Motorcycle World Champion, Isle of Man, Formula 1 World Champion. Also, Mike Hailwood was a lengendary motorcycle racer and was quite handy behind the wheel. Actually, the motorcycle to 4 wheels road is well traveled. What I would like to see Rossi try is a race like the Isle of Man or the Northwest 200. He does that and his motorcycle credentials would be impeccable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hex311k
        He already has the "Moto GP Legend" under his belt, why not go for more? It also appears unlikely that he would be an "also ran" in F1. His last test drive for Ferrari at the Mugello circuit in an F2008 put his time at two-tenths of a second behind Kimi Raikkonen's outright lap record. Awful impressive doesn't even sum it up given his minimal experience in any four-wheeled race car let alone a F1 race car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dang I wish I was involved in pro motorsports right now...seems like everyone's getting to do everything.

      Racing motorcycles, then F1, then over to WRC? I'd be happy just to have a dream that I had the chance to do one of those, let alone all of them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope Yamaha promotes Spies to Rossi's bike if he leaves. I think Spies would be competing for the title if he were on a factory Yamaha.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It would be great to have an American in the running for champion too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've been a Colin Edwards fan for the past 15 years but he had his shot when he rode for the factory Yamaha team alongside Rossi for 3 years, he'll also be 37 when the season kicks off next year. I can't see the factory team taking him back in at this stage of his career.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you really think Tech 3 would be allowed to challenge Fiat Yamaha for a World Championship?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Spies can't ride for the factory team because he's a rookie. its in the rules. :(

        1.11.11 Riders who enter the Championship for the first time (Rookies) must be entered by a non factory team.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If this rumor is true I hope lukewarm Pedrosa doesn't get Valentino's seat. Spies & Lorenzo on the factory Yamaha bikes would be strong line up & a Hayden Rossi team up would be awesome to see again. If Rossi comes back healthy, the 2011 season should be epic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Spies definitely has potential, a pure factory bike would do him good. That much said it be kind of lame for Edwards though, who's been competing at that level longer. Still, the best rides go to the best talent.

        Either way it be nice to reclaim some glory days where US riders won Moto GP championships.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought Rossi's contract with Yammie was until 2012?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seems like it's ending this year
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last I checked, Valentino wasn't racing anything any time soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would love to see Rossi at Ducati for the same reason i was loved seeing Rossi at Yamaha (when he moved from Honda); to see if he is up to the challenge.

      Can he bring yet another manufacturer a World Championship based solely on his own talent?

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