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Jorge LorenzoValentino RossiMakes Statement

Rossi: Lorenzo Joining Ducati ‘a bold choice’

7 Apr, 2016

When asked about speculation that Yamaha teammate Lorenzo will move to Ducati, Rossi says:

If he did, it was a bold choice. I [would] wish him luck, and also Ducati. I think he can still be competitive, because Lorenzo is a strong rider and now also the Ducati is a competitive bike. The situation Lorenzo finds himself in today is quite similar to mine at the time I did it [moved to Ducati]. I had been at Yamaha many years and I needed a new challenge. At the time I spoke with [former Ducati boss] Filippo Preziosi, who presented to me an interesting project to improve the Ducati – which had already won with [Casey] Stoner – and try to make it easier to ride for other riders. Ducati has made a lot of progress these last few years. The bike is very competitive, it’s very quick in a straight line. In the first two races of the year, they’ve shown they can be at the front.

Lorenzo:

I cannot tell you anything more than I told you in Argentina.

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