Odd, cuz Rossi needed his friendship w/ Fiat to fund the Yamaha team when the dreaded Gauloise tobacco money was pulled. They weren't exactly beating down the door then?They apparently have new sponsors beating down the door to have their logo on Rossi's bike.
Crutchlow doubled at Silverstone in part because Rossi suggested some changes to the R1 after testing it.
I must agree with Dawg and everyone else. The acquisition of Rossi is a pure windfall for Ducati. Sponsorship and residuals alone should more than pay for the GP efforts.
In theory this frees up money for the sbk effort. Regardless of who signs on, I don't see a lot of wins for them. Podiums yes, but the series no, as the other manufacturers have definitely turned up the wick.
Hasn't Ducati always had the most advanced traction control cuz of their relationship with Magnetti Marelli? Their advance traction control won them Championships cuz no one else had such good stuff in the beginning. But now that everyone has good shit, they should ban it? That would seem to be up Ducati's alley.If they were smart they would petition for a "cost saving" measure and push to eliminate electronic aids. The twin will have a natural advantage again