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Old 07-22-2007, 06:15 PM   #1
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Melandri to Ducati...

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Marlboro Ducati has just announced in the press room at Laguna Seca that their 2008 and 2009 riders will be Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri.

Ducati's press release states a meeting will be held with Loris Capirossi and his manager next week to discuss the possibility of a third Ducati ride for 2008.

The wildfire rumor going around the track is that Capirossi has already signed with Suzuki (yes, Suzuki) for 2008. We shall see what happens later this week regarding his future and if his meeting with Corse bears fruit.

Stoner has extended his deal through 2009 as well.

As for Melandri, he has a close relationship with Marlboro Ducati team manager Livio Suppo from the days when Suppo managed Malandri's 250 GP team. Ducati pursued Melandri last year but lost out when the Gresini team had the right of first refusal with Marco.
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He had to wait an extra year, but finally got in.

Melandri + Factory ride = Champion. You heard it here first folks.
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Miladri has a chance if the duc is as good as it has been this year.
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That is good and expected news... I say good for them... I really hope that Loris will be able to stay onboard tho... he is really the son of mgp ducs ride to success..
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That is good and expected news... I say good for them... I really hope that Loris will be able to stay onboard tho... he is really the son of mgp ducs ride to success..
Hopefully the third bike happens
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Rumor has it that Loris has already, or is about to sign with Suzuki. :dontknow:
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Rumor has it that Loris has already, or is about to sign with Suzuki. :dontknow:

He hasn't sign yet i think, maybe waiting for the third ride?
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Rumor has it that Loris has already, or is about to sign with Suzuki. :dontknow:
That is the ongoing rumor... that Paul Denning had signed a veteran rider... so yeah.. we'll see!
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