Originally Posted by greglewis
That's one hell of a slide - a lot of sideways ground to cover!
On the subject of Duc and Audi, )I just can't resist) one thing that we know for sure is that Audi knows how to win. Even a cursory look at Audi's Le Mans efforts show the highest degree of professionalism and effort. I can't imagine:
1. that they didn't know what they were getting when they took over the Ducati racing effort. These are smart and serious guys (and women) who aren't looking for a weekend at the races.
2. that they will be satisfied with a mid-pack result.
3. that they would commit to a 4 rider team just to employ some riders - not one of whom is German.
It seems to me that it's very early days - only one test in - and that there is a lot more to come. Ducati was the only "factory" team available (even Audi couldn't buy Yamaha), and buying a factory team brings a lot of expertise on MotoGP. That would be a lot easier than starting from scratch.
Maybe Audi feels that BMW needs a little competition in the 2-wheel arena.
My prediction - the four rings will be on the podium before the season ends.
Audi didn't buy a race team, they bought a motorcycle brand. And they got a team thrown in for free.
The only reason audi bought ducati is because Piech wanted a motorcycle brand in his portfolio, since BMW also has it. And VW has Horex...
So my opinion is that audi couldn't care less about the motogp reults. And that is why Rossi didn't stick around. He knew.
Four wheels good, two wheels better