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Old 05-20-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
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MOTOGP: Rossi linked with Ferrari following F1 dispute

Despite stating on numerous occasions that his chance to race in F1 is gone, Valentino Rossi's name has once again been linked with Ferrari - this time as a result of the Italian marque's ongoing dispute with Formula One's governing body the FIA.

Ferrari is furious at the planned introduction of a 40 million budget cap from next season, and has threatened to withdraw from the sport and race elsewhere - possibly in a new breakaway championship formed alongside other disillusioned F1 teams.

Now, in what could be seen as a further attempt by Ferrari to increase its bargaining power against the FIA, rumours have once again emerged linking F1's biggest name with MotoGP's biggest star - should an agreement between the FIA and Ferrari not be found.

If Ferrari stays in F1, it would presumably continue to field two cars. Current Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen are both under contract until the end of next season, therefore the Rossi third-drive 'offer' appears dependent on whether or not Ferrari goes through with its threat to quit F1, should the budget cap stay in place.

An attempt by Ferrari to get an injunction against the budget cap was rejected today (Wednesday) by a French court.

Clearly any new championship that could boost both Ferrari and Rossi would be a potential threat to F1. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has repeatedly made clear he would love to see Rossi in his championship.

When questioned about the rumours, reigning six time MotoGP world champion Rossi - who has a contract to race for Yamaha in MotoGP next season - played down the likelihood of it happening, but didn't rule it out completely.

"It looks difficult, especially as I have a contract with Yamaha, but if three-car teams were to materialise... La Gazzetta dello Sport quotes Rossi as saying.

"Today I would say it's an impossible hypothesis, because my contract with Yamaha is already signed. I see it being truly difficult.

"I've got an excellent relationship with Ferrari. In my opinion we need to wait and see how the situation develops, and if they'll really pursue this alternative championship with three car teams - but there's also the possibility that [FIA president Max] Mosley will back down so everyone can come to an agreement.

"We need to wait. I of course am very happy about this possibility and that Ferrari would like to give me a car. That's everyone's dream, but we need to wait and see how the situation evolves, even if for next year it seems almost impossible for me."

Rossi has tested for Ferrari on numerous occasions since 2004 and came close to making a full time F1 switch in 2006.

The 30-year-old's most recent Ferrari appearance was at the end of last year, but both Rossi and Ferrari made clear that it was simply for fun.

I had my chance and I decided to stay with bikes. The choice is made and I don't think that there will be another possibility, he had said.

The stipulated deadline for all 2010 F1 team entries to be made is 29 May.
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:30 PM   #2
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Me don't likey, that gig would have two wheels more than what Vale needs.
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he needs to stay. Otherwise all the Rossi leg humpers will complain that the next motogp champ didn't "really" win because they didn't beat Rossi.
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It is fine for me if he goes to F1, as I already watch and follow that as well. UM, the only problem I forsee is the yellow will definitely clash with the Ferarri red.

If he goes next year it opens up a factory Yamaha seat for Ben, which I GUESS I could live with
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It is fine for me if he goes to F1, as I already watch and follow that as well. UM, the only problem I forsee is the yellow will definitely clash with the Ferarri red.

If he goes next year it opens up a factory Yamaha seat for Ben, which I GUESS I could live with
No factory rides for rookies, so tech 3 it is.

I also watch F1 so it will be ok to have the nurse in there
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No factory rides for rookies, so tech 3 it is.

I also watch F1 so it will be ok to have the nurse in there
I figured Alrova wouldn't like the sound of that.

Didn't Hayden get a factory ride his rookie season, straight from AMA?
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No factory rides for rookies, so tech 3 it is.

I also watch F1 so it will be ok to have the nurse in there
Oh yeah, I forgot that is a rule, huh.
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I figured Alrova wouldn't like the sound of that.

Didn't Hayden get a factory ride his rookie season, straight from AMA?
Man, i don't dislike ben at all, he is good in my books is just that i like ducati a bit better lol

LOL on the Hayden comment.

It is just a new rule, so simonelli, bautista, ben and all the new comers will have to stay on satellite teams
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Man, i don't dislike ben at all, he is good in my books is just that i like ducati a bit better lol

LOL on the Hayden comment.

It is just a new rule, so simonelli, bautista, ben and all the new comers will have to stay on satellite teams
Wow.....I didn't hear about that one.

Drop Toseland and pick up Ben. Sounds about right to me.
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he needs to stay. Otherwise all the Rossi leg humpers will complain that the next motogp champ didn't "really" win because they didn't beat Rossi.
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The Rossi humpers will say that regardless of how he leaves MGP... he could be 60 and retire from it and the rider that wins it the following year will still be criticized by the rossi fans
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Eh, he'll stay


Rossi has always been my favorite, he better stay
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he needs to stay. Otherwise all the Rossi leg humpers will complain that the next motogp champ didn't "really" win because they didn't beat Rossi.
your boy Nicky won and most of you won't credit him that DESPITE rossi being there
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Man, i don't dislike ben at all, he is good in my books is just that i like ducati a bit better lol

LOL on the Hayden comment.

It is just a new rule, so simonelli, bautista, ben and all the new comers will have to stay on satellite teams
tis true
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Wow.....I didn't hear about that one.

Drop Toseland and pick up Ben. Sounds about right to me.
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Rossi is good no doubt but MotoGP is dead. World Superbike and World Supersport has much better overall competition; in my view...
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The Rossi humpers will say that regardless of how he leaves MGP... he could be 60 and retire from it and the rider that wins it the following year will still be criticized by the rossi fans
yup
and we would have no justification for thinking that would we

people say, well spies wouldn't have 6 poles if Bayliss was still there and haga wouldn't be leading the championship of Bayliss was there!!
compare Bayliss's achiements to Rossi's,
one is arguably the greatest WSB rider we've seen (on the best bike)
the other is arguably the greatest racer ever (not always on the best)
straight we'll compare and comment
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