Audi supports Ducati rider Valentino Rossi who is expected to reveal his decision next week
Audi has nothing but praises for Ducati’s Moto GP rider, Valentino Rossi. Audi is hopeful that will give his best performance during the ongoing MotoGP season. Rossi’s two year contract with the company expires following this season but according to the 33 year old racer he will be extending his contract as he said that Ducati is “Counting on Me”.
This was also confirmed by Rupert Stadler, Chairman of Audi AG, who earlier had discussions with the racer prior to his participation at the MotoGP. Rossi has had dialogues with top bosses at Ducati Team wherein they conveyed their support to the races and showed willingness to extend the two year contract further.
Seven times MotoGP champion Rossi is however keen on seeking refinement and will be looking to improve his bike rather than setting up a new machine altogether. This will be seen at the upcoming Italian GP while new engine parts are likely to be introduced for the US Grand Prix scheduled for the end of this month.
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team GP12 MotoGP) says: “It’s much more clever to try and improve gradually the bike we have at the moment, because starting from scratch would mean spending too much time on setting up a new machine. We have to focus on the positives of our bike and improve on the negatives: me and my crew gave some clear indications over the past few months and we need to work in this direction.”
Speaking about extending his contract with Ducati, Rossi said, “Unfortunately now our situation is difficult because we have to recover the gap and fix some problem on the bike. When I spoke with Audi I was happy, because they have a lot of enthusiasm to improve the bike and to put effort to improve our performance. It is good and we will speak about the future in the next week. No discussions have been made yet. When we spoke it was just ten minutes, just to understand the feeling.”