Så er det officielt
Rossi sagde idag, efter løbet på Brno, farvel til Yamaha, og goddag til Ducati. Har gennemfører naturligvis resten af sæsonen på Yamaha M1.
Rygterne om Rossi´s skift har længe været aktuelle, men nu er det ikke mere rygter men faktum.
Mange har talt om den italienske drøm. En italiener på en italiensk motorcykel der bliver verdensmester. Dette kan meget vel ende med kun at blive en drøm, for de unge talenter som Pedrosa, Lorenzo og Spies lader ikke Rossi køre i front uden kamp. Uanset hvilken maskine Rossi er på.
Det bliver spændende at følge den talentfulde italiener gennem 2011.
Rossi udtalte idag ved pressemøde om slutningen på Yamaha eventyret:
“It is very difficult to explain in just a few words what my relationship with Yamaha has been in these past seven years. Many things have changed since that far-off time in 2004, but especially ‘she', my M1, has changed.
At that time she was a poor middle-grid position MotoGP bike, derided by most of the riders and the MotoGP workers. Now, after having helped her to grow and improve, you can see her smiling in her garage, courted and admired, treated as the ‘top of the class'.
The list of the people that made this transformation possible is very long, but I would like to thank anyway Masao Furusawa, Masahiko Nakajima and ‘my' Hiroya Atsumi, as representatives of all the engineers that worked hard to change the face of our M1.
Then Jeremy Burgess and all my guys in the garage, who took care of her with love on all the tracks of the world and also all the men and women that have worked in the Yamaha team during these years.
Now the moment has come to look for new challenges; my work here at Yamaha is finished. Unfortunately even the most beautiful love stories finish, but they leave a lot of wonderful memories, like when my M1 and I kissed for the first time on the grass at Welkom, when she looked straight in my eyes and told me ‘I love you!'”