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quote:Casey Stoner zal volgend jaar niet uitkomen in de Australische V8 Supercars. De 26-jarige regerend wereldkampioen stopt na dit jaar met MotoGP en wil eerst enige tijd van zijn familie genieten voor hij weer aan racen denkt.
Direct nadat Stoner zijn vertrek had aangekondigd, laaiden de geruchten op dat hij de overstap naar vier wielen zou maken. Vorige week werd ook bekend dat Red Bull de nieuwe hoofdsponsor van Triple Eight Engineering, dat de afgelopen twee jaar kampioen werd bij de teams en regerend kampioen Jamie Whincup in huis heeft.
Aangezien de Oostenrijke drankjesfabrikant een sponsor is van Repsol Honda was de verwachting dat het team een derde auto voor Stoner in zou zetten, maar dit werd eerder al door de teamleiding ontkend en nu dus ook door de Australiër zelf.
“Rijd ik volgend jaar V8? Nee, ik blijf thuis en ga een tijdje genieten van hoe mijn dochtertje opgroeit. Ik wil ervan genieten dat ik niet hoef te testen en me moet voorbereiden op een nieuwe seizoen. Ik wil vrij zijn, genieten van mijn familie en me geen zorgen maken over de volgende race”, aldus Stoner in gesprek met het Australische persbureau AAP. “Ik wil dit jaar in ieder geval nog goed afsluiten en doe mijn best daar ook voor.”
quote:Valentino Rossi did not have time to wait for Ducati's MotoGP programme to become competitive, but has made his bravest move yet by returning to Yamaha to take on Jorge Lorenzo.
That is the view of Rossi's advisor and former Yamaha team boss Davide Brivio, who is confident Rossi would have been able to achieve success at Ducati eventually.
Brivio left Yamaha at the same time as Rossi and continued to work with the Italian as an advisor. He said that at this stage in Rossi's career, he could not afford to wait for Ducati to return to winning form.
"It was not an easy choice. Ducati's can be a winning project, but it takes time: too much for a 33-year-old rider," Brivio told Gazzetta dello Sport.
He said Rossi should have no regrets about having signed for Ducati.
"It was right having gone for it and tried," Brivio insisted. "Relationships-wise and in terms of atmosphere, it's been two positive years. What lacked was results, the most important thing."
Brivio described Rossi's decision to measure himself against current championship leader Lorenzo in the same team as a "courageous" move.
"He has taken the most difficult path, because it takes guts to challenge Lorenzo, at the moment the rider in the best shape, with the same bike," said Brivio.
"Rossi puts himself at stake and has eveything to lose, you need balls for that. He demonstrates he still has a lot of motivation to try to win."
When Rossi left Yamaha for Ducati, most of his crew followed him - including renowned engineer Jeremy Burgess, who had also moved from Honda to Yamaha with the Italian. Brivio could not confirm whether Burgess would return to Yamaha as part of Rossi's new deal.
"Vale has expressed his desires, now it's up to Yamaha to decide," he said.
quote:Jorge Lorenzo believes there will still be a fierce rivalry between himself and Valentino Rossi when they again race as Yamaha team-mates in MotoGP.
"We are both winning riders and neither wants to lose," Lorenzo told BBC Sport.
"I think our relationship has got better, though maybe it's got better because we were in different teams."
Lorenzo feels they have both matured enough in the intervening years to endure the rivalry, but he added: "At Yamaha it will be complicated for the relationship to get better."
The Spaniard, who won the MotoGP title in 2010, is however looking forward to challenging the 33-year-old Italian on equal machinery again.
"It's good news for Yamaha because we achieved a lot of good results together," Lorenzo said.
"For me it's a big motivation to have him back because I always like to have the best riders in my garage and Valentino of course is one of them.
"I assume trying to beat me will be a big motivation for him and also for me trying to beat him like in 2010 will make these next two years very strong.
"We will both train hard and work hard and for Yamaha at the end it will be a good thing, that's the most important thing."
As well as finishing on the podium just twice in his time with Ducati, Rossi also failed to win a race for the first time in his GP career during the 2011 campaign.
However, Lorenzo predicts a strong challenge from the Italian in 2013.
"Someone who has talent normally keeps it and doesn't lose it like this in two years," he stated.
"He is still young enough, he is 33, he has won a lot of races and if he has won them in the past, he can win them as well in the future and, with the Yamaha a better bike this year, it will be easier for him.
"It's true that us younger riders are getting stronger, more experienced and more consistent, but we have to remember that Valentino has won a lot of races. We have to respect that and keep it in mind."
quote:Ducati are poised to announce that Andrea Dovizioso will be taking Valentino Rossi's place at the Italian manufacturer, according to Sportmediaset.
Dovizioso will take Rossi's vacated seat, after the seven-time MotoGP champion struggled for success with Ducati and will return to Yamaha in 2013. The Tech 3 rider is expected to sign a deal for two seasons with the announcement coming this weekend at Indianapolis.
For Dovizioso to commit to the troubled Italian manufacturer he has demanded reassurances that Ducati's new owner, Audi, will have a significant involvement in the development of the Desmosedici with a faster response for updates.
Ducati are said to be still interested in recruiting Cal Crutchlow. However, with the factory team spaces taken up with Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden, the Briton is rumoured to have been offered a place in the planned 'Junior Team' alongside Moto2 front-runner Andrea Iannone, but with the promise of a full factory bike.
In the event that Crutchlow rejects this offer and continues in the satellite Yamaha team next season, Scott Redding is in line to graduate to MotoGP on the Ducati, following an impressive debut test on the Desmosedici GP12 at Mugello two weeks ago.
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quote:Ducati's choosing Dovizioso over Cal Crutchlow - Dovizioso's British partner at the Tech 3 squad had earlier been offered the ride at Ducati - is an indication of the the future direction of the Bologna factory. The deal appears to signal that Ducati has accepted that they need to focus their development on building a bike to suit a traditional Grand Prix style, as displayed by the Italian.