Rossi to Ducati
I think there are a number of factors. Burgess and Rossi have taken the Yam to the top from being aweful. Then Lorenzo hops on and becomes an overnight success.
Rossi cannot win this year, and Lorenzo will be well ahead on the Yam.
The only real challenge left is Ago's record and riding an Italian bike as he did when he started his career.
To say it will not be a challenge to win on the Ducati I think is an understatement. The whole team dynamic will be tricky, will Ducati listen? Will JB go with Rossi? Ducati need a consistent bike. They need more riders who can ride it well, Rossi can do that for them. I think he will as the Yam is now really competitive and they can influence the new Ducati with the new capacity before they are on the grid.
JB is 58 this yr, 2 years with Ducati and then retire to drink tinnies with Doohan back home.
He has shown he can beat Lorenzo on the Yamaha, so now he can finish off Lorenzo on the Ducati and show Stoner how to ride it properly, then retire.
He was also at Hhhhonda with Hayden and I reckon they would get on well. Italian (Ducati, Fiat, Ferrari) and American rider Marlboro, how much money will that bring in.
He has a career path after motogp with Ducati as well.
Look forward to it. Now back to the racing for this year.